Welcome to my SPSS pages!
Note: This website is
being frozen (due to lack of space); future developments will be done in the new
I also find SPSS's graphs features very powerful and useful to "visualize" the data.
Since December 1998, I have participated to the SPSSX-L mailing list and the comp.soft-sys.stat.spss newsgroup. This has had the effect of increasing my knowledge of SPSS by a factor of about 25. I have learned from many strong SPSS'ers such as :
John Hendrickx, Hector E. Maletta, Rolf Kjoeller, David Marso and Neila Nessa.
In turn, I have answered about 2,100 questions posted to these two discussion groups. It is more fun to learn SPSS by answering real questions rather than just reading the books and "making up problems" to solve. I find the diversity of problems and situations encountered in these groups to be fascinating. (This probably tells you a lot about my "personality" ).
See the Site Map for a bird's view of the site.
Purposes of this site
The main purpose is to present useful code and techniques to increase productivity of all level of SPSS users. Your feedback is welcomed!
I wrote most of the 525+ sample syntax, macros and scripts included in this site, to answer questions posted to the 2 groups mentioned above (or addressed directly to me by email). However, I also include pieces of code I got from those two sources, from SPSS AnswerNet or from the web.
There is also a section to support the book SPSS Programming and Data Management. I am the author of that book published by SPSS.
I invite you to contribute to the improvement of this site.
For instance, if you have a syntax, macro or script which does something not covered in this site, send me a copy (or send me the link) and I will add it with proper credit. Such code should be self contained, that is, it should either
as well as a brief description of its purposes. Don't be shy! Upon request, I will not mention your name but simply state that it comes comes from an anonymous contributor. As a bonus, If I find the code can be improved on, I will send you a copy but will nevertheless credit you for the improved version (assuming you don't mind). You have nothing to lose! Help me make this the best possible SPSS site. Send me an email and include your code as an attachment.
Topic suggestions for syntax, macro, scripts, FAQ or Tips are also welcomed.
This site is not sponsored by SPSS Inc. I am just an enthusiastic user of SPSS software.
Although I am not sure of the legal significance of the following, I am stating it anyway (just in case it is necessary to protect rights of authors whose code is reproduced in these pages):
This being said, the code I wrote may be freely used or posted on your website but may not be sold or otherwise distributed to third parties without written authorization. As far as the web site itself is concerned, it may not be copied without my written authorization.
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