**Preface**

I will every now and then post my experience with R, a package for statistical analyses. I try to show some solutions for common types of analyses or problems you are facing when you start working with R. These „tutorials“ especially address people who are used to work with SPSS or maybe also Strata.

*Since I myself am new to R, my solutions probably are not the most elegant ones! Thus, any feedback is welcome!*

**Summary**

This post just shows how to properly import SPSS data and get access to data values, variable and value labels. We need this basics for later tutorials where I focus on proper graphical output.

**Why R?**

I recently started using the statistical package R to do my statistical analyses at work. We all have SPSS licences at work, but still I was interested in testing R for some reasons:

- It’s free and runs on Windows, Mac and Linux
- The amount of different statistical analyses / modeling
- The various possibilities of creating graphics (see, e.g., here, here or here)

**Migration, step 1: Installation**

First of all, R only provides a console for any input and output and has no GUI (graphical user interface). This is probably the most hindering reason for migrating from SPSS to R, because calculating cross tabs on the fly, for instance, is not as easy as in SPSS. So, the first step when you have downloaded R and want to use it is to download a nice editor for it, too.

I would recommend R Studio, because it’s also free, runs on Windows/Mac/Linux, it’s beautiful and supports much the work with R.

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