FAQs: Data Formats and Files

  1. Can I use R without having to learn the details of the R language?
  2. How can I use your data with GIS software, such as ArcView or MapInfo?
  3. How do I interpret a record from an ASCII data file?
  4. How do I read data into R?
  5. How do I use an SPSS setup file to import ASCII data?
  6. How do I use a SAS setup file to import ASCII data?
  7. How do I use a Stata setup file to import ASCII data?
  8. How do I use the Recode Syntax analysis tool?
  9. How do I use the Sample Characteristics analysis tool?
  10. How do I use the Subset analysis tool?
  11. I'm getting a "file not found" error when trying to use a setup file. What is wrong?
  12. I am taking a stats class and need a dataset. I have selected a dataset, but there is no setup file for the stat package I am using. What should I do?
  13. I downloaded data from your site, but my statistics application issues an error message that the file cannot be found.
  14. I have no experience creating setup files for statistical packages. How do I load the data into the program?
  15. What are setup files?
  16. What is R?
  17. What kind of data formats does the archive distribute? Do you have SPSS Portable files? SAS transport? Stata?
  18. Why do some international characters appear garbled in newer versions of Stata?