SPSS Syntax Language Variable Definitions

By Arthur Griffith

Part of SPSS For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In Syntax, you can define several different characteristics for each of your variables. Here is the full collection of possibilities among SPSS Syntax language variables:

  • Name: Short form of the variable name

  • Type: Numeric, comma, dot, scientific notation, date, dollar, custom currency, or string

  • Width: Maximum number of characters used to display the data

  • Decimals: Number of digits to the right of the decimal point

  • Label: Long form of the variable name

  • Values: Names assigned to specific values

  • Missing: Value, or values, to represent missing values

  • Columns: Number of spaces into which the value is displayed

  • Align: Right, left, or center

  • Measure: Scale, ordinal, or nominal

  • Role: Input, target, both, none, partition, or split