Custom Variable Attributes

The Attributes button in Define Variable Properties opens the Custom Variable Attributes dialog box. In addition to the standard variable attributes, such as value labels, missing values, and measurement level, you can create your own custom variable attributes. Like standard variable attributes, these custom attributes are saved with IBM® SPSS® Statistics data files.

Name. Attribute names must follow the same rules as variable names. See the topic Variable names for more information.

Value. The value assigned to the attribute for the selected variable.

  • Attribute names that begin with a dollar sign are reserved and cannot be modified. You can view the contents of a reserved attribute by clicking the button in the desired cell.
  • The text Array..., displayed in a Value cell, indicates that this is an attribute array, an attribute that contains multiple values. Click the button in the cell to display the list of values.