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How Can I Parameterize GGRAPH and GPL code? Community Blog
Users of traditional SPSS Statistics syntax are used to using the macro facility to parameterize blocks of syntax so that it is more flexible and can be varied without having to duplicate and edit the code. However the GGRAPH command, which provides deep...
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Programmability Vs Traditional Syntax in IBM SPSS Statistics: Counting Number of Distinct Values in a Case Community Blog
Recently this problem was posed on the SPSSXL listserv (linked on the SPSS Community site): Count the number of distinct values in a set of variables for each case. This led to a lively discussions of alternative solutions. Most used traditional syntax. I...
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An Example of Using the SPSSINC SELECT VARIABLES Extension Command Community Blog
Transformation commands in IBM SPSS Statistics fall basically into two categories: those that are executed when the flow logic gets to them, and those that are executed immediately when read, i.e., before other transformations are executed. Transformation...
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Be More Productive by Generalizing SPSS Statistics Jobs` Community Blog
IBM SPSS Statistics Version 18 introduced a new variable property: role. The role can be Input, Target, Both, None, Split, or Partition. This new metadata comes from IBM SPSS Modeler and is useful in abstracting and generalizing jobs. Roles are normally...
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Searching SPSS Case Data: An Enhancement to the SPSSINC PROCESS FILES Extension Command Community Blog
I recently posted a new extension command, SPSSINC PROCESS FILES (along with SPSSINC SPLIT DATASET). The command applies a syntax file to a set of files. Recently someone asked for a way to search across the case data in many data files to find a particular...
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Increasing the Generality of SPSS Statistics Jobs: The SPSSINC SELECT VARIABLES Extension Command Community Blog
Traditional SPSS syntax jobs refer to specific variable names and are written with assumptions about what the variables mean. That is often fine, but you can sometimes accommodate variations in names or roles by using the properties and attributes of...
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Python IDEs for IBM SPSS Statistics Community Blog
The IDLE IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is installed with the Python language and can be used with SPSS, but I am often asked to recommend a better one. I'll tell you what I do and offer some tips on using it with IBM SPSS Statistics. This is not an...
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Data Management in IBM SPSS Statistics: ThreeandaHalf Ways to Skin a Cat Community Blog
IBM SPSS Statistics contains many tools for data management. This post discusses several different ways to solve an example data management problem using technology from different areas of the product. The purpose of this post is to help you decide where to...
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New IBM SPSS Statistics Extension Commands: SPSSINC SPLIT DATASET and SPSSINC PROCESS FILES Community Blog
JonPeck
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IBM SPSS Statistics provides several mechanisms for looping in transformations or over groups within a procedure. The new extension commands expand the looping capabilities. Using the standard capabilities, you can create loops in several ways. ...
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Python Programs for NonPython People Community Blog
Python programs written to run in BEGIN PROGRAM blocks are easy to write and add lots of functionality to IBM SPSS Statistics.Â Many users have learned to create these. More users, though, do not know the Python language. The extension command mechanism...
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A New Extension Command: SPSSINC SUMMARY TTEST Community Blog
JonPeck
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I have posted to SPSS Developer Central a new Pythonbased extension command, SPSSINC SUMMARY TTEST, that does t tests when you have only the summary statistics from the samples rather than the full data.Â Besides being useful in its own right, it...
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Developer Central Update: The CDB Community Blog
I have posted new versions of the SPSSINC MODIFY TABLES and SPSSINC MODIFY OUTPUT extension command dialog boxes to Developer Central.Â Functionality is unchanged, but the dialogs have been redesigned. The dialog boxes for extension commands (among other...
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Automating the Installation of Custom Dialogs in IBM SPSS Statistics Community Blog
Custom dialog boxes (created with the Custom Dialog Builder) can be installed interactively from the IBM SPSS Statistics Utilities menu (Install Custom Dialog in Version 17 or Custom Dialogs>Install Custom Dialog in Version 18).Â This works fine, but...
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SPSS Developer Central News Community Blog
JonPeck
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Well, now that SPSS is part of IBM, I suppose we will need a new name for Developer Central and this blog.Â In the meantime, though, here is news about recent items on Developer Central. With the release of Version 18 of IBM SPSS Statistics and the...
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More on SPSSINC TRANS Community Blog
JonPeck
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In my last post I wrote about my new extension command, SPSSINC TRANS.Â That command makes it very easy to apply Python functions to the case data by handling all the data passing, variable creation, etc, so you just have to write one line of Python code...
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Consuming Output for Further Processing Community Blog
A common need with SPSS Statistics is to produce some statistical results and then use them for further processing. We sometimes call that "output as input". This is very straightforward if you can do it with AGGREGATE or procedures that...
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A Lesson about Optimization Community Blog
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In my last post, I wrote about the productivity achievable with Python, telling the story of creating the SPSSINC TURF extension command and dialog box. Well, when the cat's away, the mice will play. This post is about scalability and optimizing the TURF...
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Python and Productivity Community Blog
One of the main benefits of programmability is the ability to extend and automate SPSS Statistics capabilities. I'd like to tell you the story of a recent extension effort: the SPSSINC TURF command and dialog. TURF analysis is Total Unduplicated Reach and...
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Viewer Outline and Title Content and Formatting Community Blog
As I mentioned last time, some production users spend a lot of time editing and formatting the text in the Viewer outline and object titles. This was a surprise, but I suppose it shouldn't have been. If the Viewer contents are to be read as a document ...
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From Prettier Tables to Prettier Text Community Blog
"Pretty" understates what formatting is really about. Making an object more pleasing to the eye is nice, but the point is really about communicating better with the reader of the output. Formatting the output appropriately can improve that process....
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Would You Prefer Prettier Pivot Tables II? Community Blog 

Would You Prefer Prettier Pivot Tables? Community Blog
I have heard from users that they often need to enhance the formatting of SPSS Statistics pivot tables beyond what can be done with tableLooks. Until recently there have been three ways to do this: tedious manual formatting, exporting to Excel and (tediously)...
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SPSS Statistics and R Community Blog
On January 6, the open source statistical language R made the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/technology/businesscomputing/07program.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=R&st=cse . The Times said, For statisticians, however, R is particularly...
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What About the Rest of Us? Community Blog
Programmability and scripting involve skills that lots of SPSS users don't have. While some users might drop everything and plunge into this new world, others have a day job. What does programmability and scripting do for them? There will always be a core...
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Why This Snaky Python Language? Community Blog
Once we decided on the strategy of embedding an existing programming language, we had to pick one. It had to be licensable on acceptable terms, preferably open source. It had to be well suited to the functionality we wanted to provide. It had to be easy to...
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