In many situations a data file is available, so the data does not need to be manually entered. It is a good idea to use preexisting data files rather than entering data by hand. Manual data entry is slow, boring, and error-prone.
PSPP can open pre-existing data files with the File > Import data command.
A common file format is comma separated values (.csv) in which each field is separated by a comma. Importing one of these files starts a wizard that steps you through the importation process. Part of this importing process might be to define the variable names and data types of each field.
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