How can I convert an SPSS file to a SAS data set?
You have at least three options for converting data from SPSS format into SAS format. From SAS, you can read SPSS files directly through the IMPORT procedure. You can also use SPSS to save data in SAS format. Finally, programs such as Stat/Transfer can convert files from one package to another.
The PROC IMPORT procedure
The following SAS program will read an SPSS file saved in the
C: directory and store it as a temporary file in the SAS
To save the data as a SAS permanent file, replace
OUT= option with the name of a previously defined
The SPSS graphical interface
Open your data in SPSS. To create a SAS file, click
Save As... . Change "Save as type" to
Windows long extension (*.sas7bdat), and then click
You can use Stat/Transfer to convert files between SAS and SPSS. At Indiana University, the Stat/Transfer software is available on Quarry and the Windows Student Technology Center (STC) computers.
If you have questions about using statistical and mathematical software at Indiana University, email UITS Research Analytics (formerly known as the Stat/Math Center). Research Analytics is located on the IU Bloomington campus at 410 N. Park Avenue and is open for consultation by appointment Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. For more, visit Research Analytics on the web, or call 812-855-4724 (IUB) or 317-278-4740 (IUPUI).
Last modified on April 13, 2012.