Entering Data into a File

When you have a great deal of data, you may prefer to enter data directly into a file, then read the file into MINITAB.

To enter the file, from the DCL dollar sign prompt use the EDIT command, like this:

$ EDIT <filespec>

For example, to call the file "grades.dat", you would type:

$ edit grades.dat

Then you would enter the data. The simplest way to enter data is to leave a space between fields, since MINITAB can read this data without having to specify formatting.

You should have just numbers in your file, with no labels or other characters. You should make sure that the [End of File] marker in the editor is directly below the last line in the file, with no blank lines, and that the data lines start on the first line in the file.

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