SAS and SPSS Statistical Program Files for
the Supreme Court Database

The following are programs files in SPSS and SAS with explanatory comments throughout. You can cut and paste the appropriate code directly to either SAS or SPSS. Program files for both statistical programs are also included. Aslo included are the Databook for the Supreme Court Database, as well as information on reliability and coputerized variables. 

All instructions assume that users are utilizing SAS or SPSS on a Microsoft Windows based system.  If the user is on any other platform (UNIX, Linux, OpenVMS, etc), please ask your system administrator for platform-specific methods.

The statistical files have comments throughout that are indicated by the following:

/* SAS files have explanatory comments bracketed between these character */

COMMENT SPPS files have explanatory comments like this.

For an explanation of individual variables and more detailed explanations of the purposes of the database, please refer to the Documentation.
  1. Documentation (PDF format)
    1. Appendix 1 -- Reliability Check (PDF format)
    2. Appendix 2 -- Computerized Variables (PDF format)

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  2. Datasets -- Clicking the links below will download the file. Be sure to save the file to your computer's "C" drive in a folder:  C:\APPCT_DB\
    1. SAS Format (972k)
      1. Self-extracting file for Microsoft Windows Users
      2. ZIP File for all other platforms
    2. SPSS Format (1MB)
      1. Self-extracting file for Microsoft Windows Users
      2. ZIP File for all other platforms
    3. ASCII Format (751k)
      1. Self-extracting file for Microsoft Windows Users
      2. ZIP File for all other platforms
Note: The files have been zipped (compressed) to reduce size and download time. For the self-extracting files, simply double-click the file and click Unzip to extract the file to the default location.  For users of platforms other than Microsoft Windows, please contact your system administrator for assistance.

Note: After you download the files, please be the SAS file is named "sctsas.xpt" and the SPSS file is named "sctspss.por" (This should occur automatically when the file is extracted.)