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DSS lab consultation schedule
(Monday-Friday)
Sep 1-Nov 3By appt. here
Nov 6-Dec 15Walk-in, 2-5 pm*
Dec 18-Feb 2By appt. here
Feb 5-May 4Walk-in, 1-5 pm*
May 7-May 15Walk-in, 2-5 pm*
May 16-Aug 31By appt. here
For quick questions email data@princeton.edu.
*No appts. necessary during walk-in hrs.
Note: the DSS lab is open as long as Firestone is open, no appointments necessary to use the lab computers for your own analysis.

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Using Data: Software - DBMS/Copy

DBMS/Copy is a very useful program for converting data from one format, such as an Excel spreadsheet, to another format such as a Stata ".dta" or SPSS ".sav" file. On the PC, it has an easy-to-use graphical interface and can convert among dozens of different file types. On UNIX, it also has an easy-to-use graphical interface as well as a command-line interface. It can even be used to extract data from ascii/text files. Although the instructions here describe many steps, they are rather simple. Typically, converting a file from SAS to Stata, for example, should only take a few minutes.

DBMS/Copy is available in the DSS computer lab

This page was last updated on October 24, 2007