Reading dBASE files

Database files are logically very similar to IBM® SPSS® Statistics data files. The following general rules apply to dBASE files:

  • Field names are converted to valid variable names. For information on variable naming rules, see Variable Names .
  • Colons used in dBASE field names are translated to underscores.
  • Records marked for deletion but not actually purged are included. The software creates a new string variable, D_R, which contains an asterisk for cases marked for deletion.