[R] producing output as *.spo (spss output format)

Chuck Cleland ccleland at optonline.net
Sat Nov 10 12:46:22 CET 2007

Ivan Uemlianin wrote:
> Dear All
> I am considering moving from SPSS to R as my stats environment of 
> choice.  I have read around and everything looks favourable.  There is 
> just one issue on which I have been unable to find information.
> Many clients ask me to send them output (tables, graphs, etc) as an spss 
> output file (ie .spo).  I haven't asked them why, I've just said yes.  I 
> know R can produce graphics as nice as SPSS, and presumably they can be 
> output in some portable format for pasting into a word-processor 
> document.  I need to find out why the client wants spo.  In the meantime 
> let's assume they have a good reason.
> Can R write .spo files?  Failing that does any one know of any spo 
> writers that I could wire up to R (eg with some python gluecode)? 
> Failing that any suggestions for overcoming the output hurdle would be 
> welcome, as R looks very attractive (platform independent, easy to use 
> and to automate, fast).

  RSiteSearch("SPSS", restrict="function") shows nothing relevant to
*.spo files.  I don't think you will ever see an R *.spo writer.  You
might look into one or more of the following to produce accessible and
attractive output for clients:


> Best wishes
> Ivan
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