Recoding to numeric or text data

Change values in one or more columns to new values. You can recode ranges of numeric values to new numeric or text values. You can also recode individual numeric or text values to new values.

In this worksheet, the gender of participants was originally coded as 1 for female and 2 for male. To avoid confusion, a researcher uses Recode to text to create a new column with the corresponding text values Female and Male.

C1 C2
Gender Recoded Sample from Gender
1 Female
1 Female
2 Male
2 Male
1 Female
... ...

Where to find this command

If the recoded values that you want to create are numbers, then choose the following:
  • Mac: Data > Recode > To Numeric
  • PC: DATA > To Numeric
If the recoded values that you want to create are text values, then choose the following:
  • Mac: Data > Recode > To Text
  • PC: DATA > To Text
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