SAVING INDIVIDUAL DATA SEGMENTS IN SPSS
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The following code breaks the aggregated flat file into segments (offense,
property, victim, offender, and arrestee). Each segment is saved separately. When
using this code, be sure to insert the path and the file name of the data to be used, as
well as the directory and filename for each segment to be saved. If you need any
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|The assumptions for the following example of code are:
- The NIBRS data file was obtained on tape from the FBI in ASCII format;
- The data file request was filtered to include only incident reports for incident
- The NIBRS data segments that comprise a single incident report can be linked by a
combination of the ORI data field plus the incident number data field (incident numbers
- The anticipated data analysis will include only the Offense Group "A" data
segments. In addition to summary level counts to describe incidents, this example
identified juvenile victims and offenders, older victims and offenders, and multiple
offender incidents; and
- The data file was read as described in "Reading A Multi-Level Data File Into SPSS"and
an aggregated flat file was created as described in "Creating
An Incident-Level Aggregated Flat File In SPSS."
GET FILE='Directory:\Path\Incident-level file.sav'.
DO IF (ibr_rec = '01').
XSAVE OUTFILE = 'Directory:\Path\Admin segment.sav'/keep = ibr_rec to incoff10.
ELSE IF (ibr_rec = '02').
XSAVE OUTFILE = 'Directory:\Path\Offense segment.sav'/keep = ibr_rec to inc_date
att_comp to bias
ELSE IF (ibr_rec = '03').
XSAVE OUTFILE = 'Directory:\Path\Property segment.sav'/keep = ibr_rec to inc_date
losstype to p_off10.
ELSE IF (ibr_rec = '04').
XSAVE OUTFILE = 'Directory:\Path\Victime segment.sav'/keep = ibr_rec to inc_date
vic_num to ovr10
voff1 to voff10
ELSE IF (ibr_rec = '05').
XSAVE OUTFILE = 'Directory:\Path\Offender segment.sav'/keep = ibr_rec to inc_date
ofnseq to off_race.
ELSE IF (ibr_rec = '06').
XSAVE OUTFILE = 'Directory:\Path\Arrestee segment.sav'/keep = ibr_rec to inc_date
arrseq to arr_clr
ELSE IF (ibr_rec = '07').
XSAVE OUTFILE = 'Directory:\Path\ArresteegrpB segment.sav'/keep = ibr_rec to inc_date
arrseq to arr_disp.