Frans Houweling | 25 Mar 14:48 2015

String variables combining files

  quoting the manual on combining files:
When more than one input file contains a variable with a given name, those variables must all have the same type (numeric or string) and, for string variables, the same width.
For me the same width limitation is one of the worst pains with SPSS (the other one being the total lack of introspection).
I would like to launch a people's petition to break compatibility with SPSS, allowing different widths and just keeping the width of the one in the first file encountered.

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Robert Metzger | 23 Mar 21:00 2015

PSPP crashes when computing frequencies


my girlfriend is trying to compute frequencies for some data using PSPP on OS X. The program crashes on an assertion.

Here are some debug information from OS X:

Process:               psppire [55148]
Path:                  /opt/pspp/*/psppire
Version:               0.8.4 (0.8.4)
Code Type:             X86-64 (Native)

Date/Time:             2015-03-23 20:51:02.628 +0100
OS Version:            Mac OS X 10.10.1 (14B25)

Crashed Thread:        0  Dispatch queue:

Exception Type:        EXC_CRASH (SIGABRT)
Exception Codes:       0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000

Application Specific Information:
Assertion failed: (ft->n_valid > 0), function calc_percentiles, file src/language/stats/frequencies.c, line 373.

Thread 0 Crashed:: Dispatch queue:
0   libsystem_kernel.dylib              0x00007fff88e3c282 __pthread_kill + 10
1   libsystem_c.dylib                   0x00007fff8afccb73 abort + 129
2   libsystem_c.dylib                   0x00007fff8af94c59 __assert_rtn + 321
3   libpspp-0.8.4.dylib                 0x00000001018b88dd cmd_frequencies + 8999
4   libpspp-0.8.4.dylib                 0x000000010188fa7e cmd_parse_in_state + 1163
5   psppire                             0x00000001016ec395 execute_syntax + 252
6   psppire                             0x00000001016ec68d execute_syntax_string + 32
7   psppire                             0x00000001016fa537 psppire_dialog_action_activate + 368
8   libgobject-2.0.0.dylib              0x0000000102333b0e g_closure_invoke + 272
9   libgobject-2.0.0.dylib              0x0000000102346c7b signal_emit_unlocked_R + 1568
10  libgobject-2.0.0.dylib              0x0000000102347abc g_signal_emit_valist + 1948
11  libgobject-2.0.0.dylib              0x00000001023481fe g_signal_emit + 134
12  libgtk-quartz-2.0.0.dylib           0x0000000101bf013f _gtk_action_emit_activate + 68
13  libgobject-2.0.0.dylib              0x0000000102333d39 _g_closure_invoke_va + 284
14  libgobject-2.0.0.dylib              0x00000001023477bf g_signal_emit_valist + 1183
15  libgobject-2.0.0.dylib              0x00000001023481fe g_signal_emit + 134
16  libgtk-quartz-2.0.0.dylib           0x0000000101d9b103 gtk_widget_activate + 73
17  libgtk-quartz-2.0.0.dylib           0x0000000101cae48c gtk_menu_shell_activate_item + 241
18  libgtk-quartz-2.0.0.dylib           0x0000000101caefa0 gtk_menu_shell_button_release + 508
19  libgtk-quartz-2.0.0.dylib           0x0000000101c9ecf1 _gtk_marshal_BOOLEAN__BOXED + 95
20  libgobject-2.0.0.dylib              0x0000000102333b0e g_closure_invoke + 272
21  libgobject-2.0.0.dylib              0x0000000102347026 signal_emit_unlocked_R + 2507
22  libgobject-2.0.0.dylib              0x0000000102347b59 g_signal_emit_valist + 2105
23  libgobject-2.0.0.dylib              0x00000001023481fe g_signal_emit + 134
24  libgtk-quartz-2.0.0.dylib           0x0000000101d9af15 gtk_widget_event_internal + 541
25  libgtk-quartz-2.0.0.dylib           0x0000000101c9cf0d gtk_propagate_event + 329
26  libgtk-quartz-2.0.0.dylib           0x0000000101c9cb38 gtk_main_do_event + 812
27  libgdk-quartz-2.0.0.dylib           0x0000000101fd70b0 gdk_event_dispatch + 84
28  libglib-2.0.0.dylib                 0x000000010239f385 g_main_context_dispatch + 274
29  libglib-2.0.0.dylib                 0x000000010239f673 g_main_context_iterate + 413
30  libglib-2.0.0.dylib                 0x000000010239f8bd g_main_loop_run + 195
31  libgtk-quartz-2.0.0.dylib           0x0000000101c9c56a gtk_main + 180
32  psppire                             0x00000001016ee36b run_inner_loop + 110
33  libgtk-quartz-2.0.0.dylib           0x0000000101c9c5dd gtk_main + 295
34  psppire                             0x00000001016ee093 main + 519
35  libdyld.dylib                       0x00007fff88db45c9 start + 1

Is this a know issue? 
Maybe we entered some data wrong, but I would expect that the software shows a dialogue with some advice instead of dying at an assertion.


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Harry Thijssen | 17 Mar 21:17 2015

Need a successor to maintain the dutch translation of PSPP

Hi list and especially Dutch and Belgium list members.

After the initial translation and the maintaining of the Dutch PSPP translation for some years I want to stop this and hand the maintenance over to a successor.

Is somebody of the list willing to be my successor? Or maybe knows somebody who is willing to maintain the translations?

It doesn't take much time and no great technical skills are required. Mail me for more info.

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Changing Default Language to English

Dear PSPP Team,


I have installed the PSPP software into my computer. However, although the manual is in English the program is running in German (I am located in Germany). How can I change this default behavior? I appreciate a lot your answer for I will be testing this program in our Max Planck Institute.


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rex villavelez | 27 Feb 03:49 2015

Kruskal Wallis Test

I'm quite new to PSPP but well versed in SPSS.. just wanna ask how can I run Kruskal Wallis Test in PSPP?

I saw something like inputing in Syntax but I seem cant get it to work, hope there will be a tutorial or guide to to do it, esp. if inputing data in the data or vairable view..

Hoping for a feedback, thank you...

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joeko | 24 Feb 00:07 2015

PSPP manual into German

cc Ben Pfaff, maintainer GNU PSPP

Hi web translator coordinators,

There is a request to translate the PSPP manual into German.

Although contact person is basically the maintainer of PSPP, Ben Pfaff,
I think that some infrastructure is necessary for this (currently 248

For me, it's not an issue to generate GNU Gettext .pot files and HTML
files from its .de.po translation file (no matter if send to Ben or
committ to the repository directly).

WDYT? What is the best practice?




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John Darrington | 20 Feb 17:16 2015

PSPP for Surgeons

Just in case anyone is interested:

[Neither the  Free Software Foundation nor the PSPP developers, have any affiliation
with the organisers of this conference.   This event is mentioned here in the hope
that it will be of interest.  It is not in, any way, endorsed or recommended by us.]


PGP Public key ID: 1024D/2DE827B3 
fingerprint = 8797 A26D 0854 2EAB 0285  A290 8A67 719C 2DE8 27B3
See or any PGP keyserver for public key.

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Ali F | 20 Feb 16:36 2015

pspp build on windows

I'm using pspp and I needed to know how can I build pspp sources on windows and for windows. I couldn't find any way to do that on windows.
Could you help me please?
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ftr | 16 Feb 23:36 2015

random sample within strata


I have the following problem: I have a large multi country data file 
from which I want to export a random sample of about 20% of the cases of 
each country.

Can I achieve this with the following temporary and the sample commands ?

SORT CASES  by  country.
SPLIT FILE by country.
Sample .2 .
COMPUTE selection = 1.
FREQ selection.

Thanks for any hints.
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robertl | 16 Feb 19:08 2015


Hi there,

Has there been any progress on CTABLES in PSPP.  I have seen some of the back and forth in the archives.  It is a
very valuable function of SPSS and a very powerful tool for people in my field (market research) for
creating banner reports.  Any idea on when this might be implemented?

All best,