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Re: SPSS file format specification

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: SPSS file format specification
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2015 13:34:48 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

On Thu, Jul 09, 2015 at 03:48:55PM -0400, Jonathon Love wrote:
> i did just want to commend you lot on the *astonishingly* good job
> reverse-engineering and documenting the SPSS file format here:
> we're adding SPSS file support to our project (JASP) at the moment, and
> we simply could not do it, without such excellent work. i don't think
> i've seen such good documentation for an open format, let alone a
> proprietary one.
> i'm trying to find a way we can credit this work in JASP. is there
> someone in particular we should thank?

Thank you for the compliments!  Most of the reverse-engineering work on
the SPSS system file format is mine.  I would be pleased to be cited in
your work.

Looking at the webpage that you cite, by the way, it looks like it is a
somewhat older version.  (That is my fault; I will try to upload the
newest version there soon.)  The newest version also documents the
compressed and encrypted variants of the SPSS file format.  It's
available at:

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