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Re: Date binary encoding in SPSS .sav files

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: Date binary encoding in SPSS .sav files
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 09:11:21 -0700
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Pascal Heus <address@hidden> writes:

> In the context of the project I'm working on, I'm putting
> together a technical reference documenting formats for various
> packages (SAS, Stata, SPSS, and possibly others like R). The
> focus is on SPSS and will extend itto other software (probably
> next year). Attached the section I have so far on SPSS (also
> available as OPenOffice doc if you prefer). 

I have only a few comments:

        * The foreign extension to R, if it's the code I'm
          thinking of, was actually derived from PSPP source
          code, so it's not really a second source.

        * I don't think it's safe to include bulk text from the
          "SPSS Data File Format" PDF.  That PDF follows the same
          style as much of the other SPSS documentation, and so I
          had always assumed that it was owned by SPSS.  At any
          rate it has no stated license.
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