NAME1= first column of person label = 1

NAME1= gives the column position where the person label information starts in your data file or in the new record formatted by FORMAT=.


It is easy to miscount the NAME1= column. Scroll to the top of the Winsteps screen and check column positions:


 Input in process..

Input Data Record:

         1         2


Richard M 111111100000000000

^P        ^I               ^N

       35 KID    Records Input.


^P marks the Name1=1 column position with ^.

^I marks the Item1=11 column position with ^.

^N marks the NI=18 column position with ^.


Example 1: The person-id starts in column 10, data responses are 1 column wide, in columns 1-8:

   NAME1=10 starting column of person-id

   XWIDE=1 width of response

   NI=8  number of responses


Example 2: The person-id in column 10, there are 4 data responses are 2 columns wide, in columns 1-8:

   NAME1=10 starting column of person-id

   XWIDE=2 width of response

   NI=4  number of responses


Example 3: The person id starts in column 23 of the second record.

   FORMAT=(80A,/,80A)  concatenate two 80 character records

   NAME1=103   starts in column 103 of combined record


Example 4: The person id starts in column 27 of a record with XWIDE=2 and FORMAT=.
This becomes complicated, see FORMAT=


Example 5: How do I add convenient IDs (e.g., 1, 2, 3...) to the control file?
Give NAME1= a value beyond the end of the data record.

NAME1=100 ; a number that is bigger than the longest data record 

NAMELENGTH = 5 ; allows numbers up to 99999

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