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Exporting Chinese/Arabic dataset in SPSS format

Hi Guys,

I have a multi-language project and two of the languages are Chinese and Arabic. When exporting the data into Chinese or Arabic and opening it with  SPSS all labels are replaced with question marks characters (e.g. "????"). Have changed the language settings of SPSS, but this didn't help. Have also opened  the .sav file in DataCracker (a software for data analyses), but it open as ??? again, which makes me think that the issue is not in the SPSS itself, but the .sav export I created.

Could you please advise if there's any option I need to select in order to export .sav in Chinese or Arabic?

Many thanks in advance!
asked Jan 15, 2018 by MiraM (325 points)

1 Answer

+1 vote
I will need to investigate this a bit more on my end.  I will get back to you with what I find.

answered Jan 15, 2018 by Jon Heaton Gold Sawtooth Software, Inc. (10,380 points)
Thank you, Jon.

Kind Regards,
I have reproduced the issue on my end.  We will fix it in the next release of Lighthouse Studio.  Thank you for your patience.
I get the same problem. I scripted the project in arabic but when I get data it comes like "????". Is the problem solved in version 9.5.3
Lighthouse Studio 9.6.1 has some SPSS fixes and more will be coming in the next version we are planning to release early next year.