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bug #30705: Decimal point and locale bugs in data parsing

Submitted by:  Ben Pfaff <blp>
Submitted on:  Sun 08 Aug 2010 10:28:36 PM UTC  
Category:  Syntax Parser Severity:  5 - Average
Status:  Invalid Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Closed Release:  Before 0.8.0
Effort:  0.00

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Tue 27 Nov 2012 05:44:13 AM UTC, comment #1:

I think that this is behaving as it should, even if the behavior is confusing.

In pt_BR.utf8, the default decimal point is a comma. That explains the errors for 10.3 and 10.2.

However, the DATA LIST default freefield delimiter is always a comma, regardless of whether the decimal point is a dot or a comma. This means that 10,3 10,2 is four fields, not two. To get two fields, you need quotation marks: "10,3" "10,2".

I don't think there's a bug here, but if SPSS behaves differently then please explain what it does and reopen the bug.

Ben Pfaff <blp>
Project Administrator
Sun 08 Aug 2010 10:28:36 PM UTC, original submission:

From: Michel Boaventura <michel@michelboaventura.com>

> The bellow syntax, from npar-sign, is behaving in a strange way.
> For instance, if I run: pspp syntax.sps, I get:
> test.sps:10: aviso: (colunas 1-0, F campo)Número seguido por
> lixo. (warning,number followed by garbage)
> test.sps:10: aviso: (colunas 6-5, F campo)Número seguido por
> lixo. (warning,number followed by garbage)
> The default locale on my GNU/Linux is pt_BR.utf8. If I change it to
> only pt_BR or remove the
> "set format = F9.3", everything works fine.
> syntax:
> set format = F9.3.
> data list notable list /age * height rank *.
> begin data.
> 10 12 11
> 12 13 13
> 13 14 12
> 12 12 10
> 9 9 10
> 10.3 10.2 12
> end data.

From: John Darrington <john@darrington.wattle.id.au>

> I can confirm similar behaviour. However if I add "SET DECIMAL=DOT." to
> the topy of the syntex, then i works ok.
> However, when I change the "."s to ","s in the BEGIN DATA block, the numbers
> don't get parsed, contrary to what I would have expected.

Ben Pfaff <blp>
Project Administrator


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