Creating a Data Definition File

  • Neil Frude


Creating a data file, containing only the data, is just a first stage towards using SPSS/PC+. The data must be defined (and is also usually more fully described) before it can be used. The data is defined in a data definition file. This usually contains the following types of command:
  • DATA LIST: a list which gives the names of all of the variables represented by the data, in the order that they occur, and information about which column(s) each variable occupies

  • VARIABLE LABELS: (optional) variable labels should not be confused with the variable names specified on the DATA LIST

  • VALUE LABELS: (optional) value labels for some or all of the values for each variable

  • MISSING VALUE: information about which value, if any, represents missing data for each variable


Data File Error Message Active File Data List Data Dictionary 
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© Neil Frude 1987

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