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Advice on solution to problem with failure to generate p-values for Exact tests

margmacd

Hello

 

I have been encountering problems with SPSS provision for my students at my institution and struggling to get the help I need to resolve this urgent issue. I would be most grateful for advice.

 

The issue relates to obtaining p-values when Exact tests are run using SPSS version 24.0.0.2 on a Mac laptop using the institution-wide license for students, although I am not experiencing the same problem on my desktop PC, which also uses this version, provided by my institution.  The issue can be illustrated with reference to Fisher’s Exact test.  Instead of obtaining the required p-value, the user receives a table with the caption  ‘Cannot be computed because unable to open temporary file.’ I was advised a year ago that the problem had been resolved, as a patch was included in version 24.0.0.2. However, clearly, the problem has recurred.  I would appreciate advice that I can pass on to my students to fix the problem, as many of them will have already installed the software onto their Mac laptops. Please kindly email me directly rather than the list, as this will allow me to explain the situation more fully and provide images of relevant output if needed.

 

Thanks in advance

 

Best wishes
Margaret

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Dr Margaret MacDougall
Medical Statistician and Researcher in Education

(Senior Lecturer)

Centre for Population Health Sciences
Usher Institute
University of Edinburgh Medical School

Teviot Place

Edinburgh EH8 9AG

Tel: +44(0)131 650 3211

Fax: +44(0)131 650 6909

Email: [hidden email]

https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/margaret-macdougall

                              

 

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Re: Advice on solution to problem with failure to generate p-values for Exact tests

Bruce Weaver
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Others may be encountering the same problem.  So if anyone does have a
solution, please share it with the list even if you do send it to Margaret
via e-mail.



margmacd wrote

> Hello
>
> I have been encountering problems with SPSS provision for my students at
> my institution and struggling to get the help I need to resolve this
> urgent issue. I would be most grateful for advice.
>
> The issue relates to obtaining p-values when Exact tests are run using
> SPSS version 24.0.0.2 on a Mac laptop using the institution-wide license
> for students, although I am not experiencing the same problem on my
> desktop PC, which also uses this version, provided by my institution.  The
> issue can be illustrated with reference to Fisher's Exact test.  Instead
> of obtaining the required p-value, the user receives a table with the
> caption  'Cannot be computed because unable to open temporary file.' I was
> advised a year ago that the problem had been resolved, as a patch was
> included in version 24.0.0.2. However, clearly, the problem has recurred.
> I would appreciate advice that I can pass on to my students to fix the
> problem, as many of them will have already installed the software onto
> their Mac laptops. Please kindly email me directly rather than the list,
> as this will allow me to explain the situation more fully and provide
> images of relevant output if needed.
>
> Thanks in advance
>
> Best wishes
> Margaret
>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Dr Margaret MacDougall
> Medical Statistician and Researcher in Education
> (Senior Lecturer)
> Centre for Population Health Sciences
> Usher Institute
> University of Edinburgh Medical School
> Teviot Place
> Edinburgh EH8 9AG
> Tel: +44(0)131 650 3211
> Fax: +44(0)131 650 6909
> Email:

> Margaret.MacDougall@.ac

> <mailto:

> Margaret.MacDougall@.ac

> >
> https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/margaret-macdougall
>
>
> The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland,
> with registration number SC005336.
>
> =====================
> To manage your subscription to SPSSX-L, send a message to

> LISTSERV@.UGA

>  (not to SPSSX-L), with no body text except the
> command. To leave the list, send the command
> SIGNOFF SPSSX-L
> For a list of commands to manage subscriptions, send the command
> INFO REFCARD





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Re: Advice on solution to problem with failure to generate p-values for Exact tests

margmacd
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I would be most happy to send a tried and tested solution to the list, once the offline discussions are complete, thus avoiding the possibility of many people receiving lots of unwanted emails about a topic that is not relevant to them.

Margaret

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Subject: Re: Advice on solution to problem with failure to generate p-values for Exact tests

Others may be encountering the same problem.  So if anyone does have a solution, please share it with the list even if you do send it to Margaret via e-mail.



margmacd wrote

> Hello
>
> I have been encountering problems with SPSS provision for my students
> at my institution and struggling to get the help I need to resolve
> this urgent issue. I would be most grateful for advice.
>
> The issue relates to obtaining p-values when Exact tests are run using
> SPSS version 24.0.0.2 on a Mac laptop using the institution-wide
> license for students, although I am not experiencing the same problem
> on my desktop PC, which also uses this version, provided by my
> institution.  The issue can be illustrated with reference to Fisher's
> Exact test.  Instead of obtaining the required p-value, the user
> receives a table with the caption  'Cannot be computed because unable
> to open temporary file.' I was advised a year ago that the problem had
> been resolved, as a patch was included in version 24.0.0.2. However, clearly, the problem has recurred.
> I would appreciate advice that I can pass on to my students to fix the
> problem, as many of them will have already installed the software onto
> their Mac laptops. Please kindly email me directly rather than the
> list, as this will allow me to explain the situation more fully and
> provide images of relevant output if needed.
>
> Thanks in advance
>
> Best wishes
> Margaret
>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Dr Margaret MacDougall
> Medical Statistician and Researcher in Education (Senior Lecturer)
> Centre for Population Health Sciences Usher Institute University of
> Edinburgh Medical School Teviot Place Edinburgh EH8 9AG
> Tel: +44(0)131 650 3211
> Fax: +44(0)131 650 6909
> Email:

> Margaret.MacDougall@.ac

> &lt;mailto:

> Margaret.MacDougall@.ac

> &gt;
> https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/margaret-macdougall
>
>
> The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
> Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
>
> =====================
> To manage your subscription to SPSSX-L, send a message to

> LISTSERV@.UGA

>  (not to SPSSX-L), with no body text except the command. To leave the
> list, send the command SIGNOFF SPSSX-L For a list of commands to
> manage subscriptions, send the command INFO REFCARD





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NOTE: My Hotmail account is not monitored regularly.
To send me an e-mail, please use the address shown above.

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=====================
To manage your subscription to SPSSX-L, send a message to [hidden email] (not to SPSSX-L), with no body text except the command. To leave the list, send the command SIGNOFF SPSSX-L For a list of commands to manage subscriptions, send the command INFO REFCARD

=====================
To manage your subscription to SPSSX-L, send a message to
[hidden email] (not to SPSSX-L), with no body text except the
command. To leave the list, send the command
SIGNOFF SPSSX-L
For a list of commands to manage subscriptions, send the command
INFO REFCARD