Can SPSS Import/Analyze Huge Files?

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Can SPSS Import/Analyze Huge Files?

Postby tmaher » Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:10 pm


I'm trying to impress some people at a new job by using my econometric skills to analyze data in a way that has never been done before at this company. I am experienced using STATA and not SPSS. However, the datasets are the biggest that I've ever worked with and I'm pretty sure that STATA's data-limits would restrict my use. Some other websites have told me that SPSS doesn't have the same limitations on data-size as STATA. Is this true?

The data sets in question are likely to be on the order of tens of millions of rows (the first one I have in mind has 60 million rows), with roughly 20-40 variables/columns.

What do you think? Is it worth it for me to try taking this on? One thing I do not want to do is waste a bunch of time formatting this data only to find out that SPSS can't do what I want anyways.

Thanks guys and gals and please let me know your thoughts!

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Re: Can SPSS Import/Analyze Huge Files?

Postby statman » Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:16 am

See the Note below
See the note below

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