SPSS AnswerNet: Result Solution ID: 100000537 Title: Writing value labels instead of values in an ASCII data set Description: Q. I would like to write out an ASCII data file, but I would like to write out the value labels of the values instead of the actual values wherever appropriate. Can this be done? A. Yes, it can. Here is a way that this can be done: *** This job demonstrates how REPORT can be used to replace *** numeric data values with the value labels. data list free / religion gender. begin data 1 2 1 1 3 1 4 2 4 2 3 1 4 1 4 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 3 2 3 1 3 2 2 1 3 2 3 1 4 1 4 1 4 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 4 1 4 1 1 2 1 1 3 1 4 2 4 2 3 1 4 1 4 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 3 2 3 1 3 2 2 1 3 2 3 1 4 1 4 1 4 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 4 1 4 1 1 2 1 1 3 1 4 2 4 2 3 1 4 1 4 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 3 2 3 1 3 2 2 1 3 2 3 1 4 1 4 1 4 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 4 1 4 1 1 2 1 1 3 1 4 2 4 2 3 1 4 1 4 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 3 2 3 1 3 2 2 1 3 2 3 1 4 1 4 1 4 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 4 1 4 1 end data. variable labels religion '' /gender ''. value labels religion 1 'protestant' 2 'catholic' 3 'jewish' 4 'none' /gender 1 'male' 2 'female'. compute caseid=1+caseid. leave caseid. file handle out1 / name = 'report data' /recfm=f /lrecl=80. report format=list /outfile=out1 /title=center '' /variables=caseid religion (label) gender (label) /break=(nobreak). *** This will create an ASCII data set that has the CASEID, *** RELIGION, and GENDER data written, but RELIGION and GENDER *** are string variables since they are represented by the *** value labels than the original values. If you wish to *** read the data, you would have to exit SPSS, then you may *** enter SPSS and use the following syntax: data list free file='report data' /caseid (f2) religion (a10) gender (a8).