06-01-2015 10:41 AM
I am running SAS 9.3 trying to import an SPSS file using the following SAS syntax:
PROC IMPORT OUT= WORK.StuEmp_raw
DATAFILE= "L:\Student Employment\Data\IUPUI_Student_Employee_Survey_raw.sav"
This SPSS file contains several String (Character) variables with a length of about 2,000. This should be well within what a character variable in SAS can handle. However, SAS is still breaking the text fields into multiple character variables with a length of $255 (i.e. the default). I could dump the SPSS file into a .csv, but I'd like to maintain the labels on some other variables in the file. How can I specify the length of character variables when importing from SPSS? Will I need to do a data step_
06-01-2015 11:41 AM
One approach might be:
Import as you have, modify settings like length and drop the multiple text bits for single variables. Save as a 0 observations data set.
Then import a CSV and append to the previous.
Or try accessing the SAV file using the libname statement instead of Proc Import.
If I had access to SPSS I would see about exporting to SAS from there. The last time I was working with SPSS one option would export the value labels as a SAS format for use as well.