I was hoping to avoid this. the problem is that I will end up with potentially close to 50 different variables, thus making my SPSS spreadsheet incredibly inflated.Hello Nizam,
I would suggest creating two new variables, named SLC and CS, and typing in '1' when this type of finding is present for the individual and '0' when it is not. So, instead of typing in abbreviations (which probably is a string variable), just create numeric or nominal variables and type in '1' for those incidental findings. This method allows you to define as many types of findings as you wish, and you can also run analyses like percentages, chi-square, etc. using each variable.
I hope this was helpful.
this sounds interesting. please do tell me more.another idea might be that you add another case for people with more than 1 finding (thus, add the ID another time).
then later on you can use a syntax to automatically create the file iopsych was talking about.
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