Thursday, 3 November 2011

Uses of (System) missing

Sometimes you want to assign your newly computed variable a system missing value (which is a . in spss database). Here is the command for that:

COMPUTE temp = $sysmis.

(this syntax will create a variable called temp which will initially have all values set as missing)

For a conditional function:

IF sysmis(v1) v2=$sysmis.

You can also use missing values in RECODE.

RECODE (sysmis=99)


RECODE (99=sysmis)

RECODE [your command] (ELSE=sysmis).
Also read the UCLA SPSS page  and CDC page on handling of missing data.

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