Hi All -
I have a dataset with student test score data from students from 364 schools -- there are many students in each school, so the file has about 65000 records. Unfortunately, the school identifier variable is a string variable, of the form Number-Number-Letter-Number-Number-Number.
I need to include school as a random factor in my analysis, and so need a way to get SPSS to create a new variable that assigns a different number to each school -- but I don't care what the number it assigns is. I'm trying to figure out the easiest way to do this.