In SPSS, how do I convert between numeric variables and string variables?
In SPSS, to convert a numeric variable to a string variable, use the
STRING() function. Since the default variable type in
SPSS is numeric, you need to define your string variable in
advance. Consider the following example:
STRING str (A8). COMPUTE str = STRING(num, F2.0). EXECUTE.
In the example above,
A8 indicates a string variable
eight characters long, and
F2.0 is the format of output
values of variable
num. For example, F8.4 fills four
zeroes after the decimal point when the numeric variable
num is an integer.
To convert a string variable to a numeric variable
NUMBER() function, for example:
COMPUTE num = NUMBER(str, F8.2). EXECUTE.
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Last modified on 2014-06-25.
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