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SPSS Python Examples

Learn Python for SPSS the right way by running some of the examples below. They show precisely how to get things done in SPSS the fastest way possible and are easily modified to suit your needs. Enjoy!

SPSS for Python - Shorter Syntax

Latest SPSS Python Examples

SPSS – Batch Process Files with Python

Running syntax on several SPSS data files in one go is fairly easy with Python. This tutorial walks you through.
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SPSS – Create Several Excel Files with Python

We'll look up SPSS data values with the Python spssdata module. We'll then have Python insert the values into SPSS syntax and create several Excel files.
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SPSS – Change Value Labels with Python

SPSS - Change Value Labels with Python
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SPSS with Python – Looping over Scatterplots

For running SPSS tables or charts over many variables, an SPSS Python loop is the right way to go. We'll demonstrate some examples for doing so.
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SPSS with Python - Merging Files

Python for SPSS - Editing Data

Apply Dictionary Information from Excel

"I have an Excel workbook whose three sheets contain data values, variable labels and value labels. How can I apply the dictionary information from these last two sheets to the SPSS dataset after importing the data values?"
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Suffix All Variable Names

I have a data file in which all variables were measured in 2012. I'd like to suffix their names with "_2012". What's the easiest way to do this?
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Split String Variable into Components

"I have a long string variable in my data that actually holds the answers to several questions. These are separated by a semicolon (";"). How can I split this variable into the original answers?"
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Remove Value Label from Multiple Variables

"I'd like to completely remove the value label from a value for many variables at once. Is there an easy way to accomplish that?"
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Managing Files

Move all Files from Subfolders to Main Folder

"I'd like to work with a number of .sav files but they are scattered over different folders. All file names are unique. Is there any easy way to search through a number of folders for .sav files and move these into some root directory?"
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Search Syntax Files for Expression

"I found a variable "v_4" in an old data file and I can't remember how exactly I created it. The syntax I used got a bit messy, I have different files and they're in different folders. Is there an easy way to find out which syntax files contain the expression "v_4"?"
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Create Dictionary Dataset

An often requested feature is to export variable and value labels to Excel. This handy tool creates an SPSS Dataset containing these labels. It can either be be saved as an Excel sheet or further edited in SPSS.
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Other Python Examples

Regression over Many Dependent Variables

"I have a data file on which I'd like to carry out several regression analyses. I have four dependent variables, v1 through v4. The independent variables (v5 through v14) are the same for all analyses. How can I carry out these four analyses in an efficient way that would also work for 100 dependent variables?"
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