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

Muenchen, Robert A (Bob) muenchen at utk.edu
Mon Nov 12 14:41:32 CET 2007

You probably don't want to spend time figuring out the .spo format. From
SPSS 16 on, that format is obsolete and replaced by the Unicode
XML-based .spv file. SPSS 16 users need a separate Legacy Viewer to read
.spo files. -Bob

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-
> project.org] On Behalf Of Ivan Uemlianin
> Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2007 6:04 AM
> To: r-help at r-project.org
> Subject: [R] producing output as *.spo (spss output format)
> 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
> 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).
> Best wishes
> Ivan
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