[EpiData-list] Re: Importing other file formats (eg SPSS) to createREC, CHK and QES files

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Thu Jan 11 04:09:25 CST 2007

It is possible to post generate a QES file from a REC: 'TOOLS' / 'QES file from REC file' 
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Objet : [EpiData-list] Re: Importing other file formats (eg SPSS) to createREC, CHK and QES files

Hmm... I may have just found a round-about way of doing this for SPSS - as usual I only find a solution after asking about it!

I just realised that I can save my SPSS file as a STATA file (I was looking for an SPSS export capability when all I needed was "Save As"), and then import the STATA file into EpiData. This doesn't give me a QES file (I think generating a QES file from a REC file is something currently being worked
on?) but does give me a CHK file with value labels and a REC file with variable labels and data.

Only one small problem - the values which were integers seem to now have 4 decimal places, which without a QES file to revise from I don't think I can correct? It also means that the format does not match the value labels
(integers) which causes errors. Perhaps I am importing into the wrong version of STATA... Still, a big step from where I was!


On 1/10/07, Charity  wrote:
> Hello,
> I know that EpiData has the ability to output data in SPSS format (a 
> TXT file and an SPS file which can be run to create a SAV file) - is 
> it possible to reverse this process and either use a SAV file or a 
> SPS/TXT combination to create REC and CHK files (and ideally even the QES file to go with them)?
> I'm also interested if I could generate REC/CHK files from other file 
> formats, such as Triple-S (and output to this too) - what options are 
> there currently for doing this. If nothing, are any being worked on or 
> considered for implementation in future versions? I would be 
> interested in helping with developing these things if that is possible or would help also.
> Thanks,
> Charity

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