SPSS help needed with SPSS syntax

#1
Hello everyone,
I need help with the analysis of the data for my thesis. I have imported all the data from an Excel file, but the data were classified as string variables. To run the syntax compute variable, I had to change the variables to numeric variables. So I did that with Automatic Recode and it worked, but when I run the syntax now, it calculates all the labels instead of the actual values.
This is the formula
COMPUTE trajlength = ABS(X_2 - X_1) + ABS(X_3 - X_2) + ABS(X_4 - X_3) + ABS(X_5 - X_4) + ABS(X_6 - X_5) +
ABS(X_7 - X_6) + ABS(X_8 - X_7) + ABS(X_9 - X_8) + ABS(X_10 - X_9) + ABS(X_11 - X_10) +
ABS(X_12 - X_11) + ABS(X_13 - X_12) + ABS(X_14 - X_13) + ABS(X_15 - X_14) + ABS(X_16 - X_15) +
ABS(X_17 - X_16) + ABS(X_18 - X_17) + ABS(X_19 - X_18) + ABS(X_20 - X_19) + ABS(X_21 - X_20) +
ABS(X_22 - X_21) + ABS(X_23 - X_22) + ABS(X_24 - X_23) + ABS(X_25 - X_24) + ABS(X_26 - X_25) +
ABS(X_27 - X_26) + ABS(X_28 - X_27) + ABS(X_29 - X_28) + ABS(X_30 - X_29) + ABS(X_31 - X_30) +
ABS(X_32 - X_31) + ABS(X_33 - X_32) + ABS(X_34 - X_33) + ABS(X_35 - X_34) + ABS(X_36 - X_35) +
ABS(X_37 - X_36) + ABS(X_38 - X_37) + ABS(X_39 - X_38) + ABS(X_40 - X_39) + ABS(X_41 - X_40) +
ABS(X_42 - X_41) + ABS(X_43 - X_42) + ABS(X_44 - X_43) + ABS(X_45 - X_44) + ABS(X_46 - X_45) +
ABS(X_47 - X_46) + ABS(X_48 - X_47) + ABS(X_49 - X_48) + ABS(X_50 - X_49) + ABS(X_51 - X_50) +
ABS(X_52 - X_51) + ABS(X_53 - X_52) + ABS(X_54 - X_53) + ABS(X_55 - X_54) + ABS(X_56 - X_55) +
ABS(X_57 - X_56) + ABS(X_58 - X_57) + ABS(X_59 - X_58) + ABS(X_60 - X_59) + ABS(X_61 - X_60) +
ABS(X_62 - X_61) + ABS(X_63 - X_62) + ABS(X_64 - X_63) + ABS(X_65 - X_64) + ABS(X_66 - X_65) +
ABS(X_67 - X_66) + ABS(X_68 - X_67) + ABS(X_69 - X_68) + ABS(X_70 - X_69) + ABS(X_71 - X_70) +
ABS(X_72 - X_71) + ABS(X_73 - X_72) + ABS(X_74 - X_73) + ABS(X_75 - X_74) + ABS(X_76 - X_75) +
ABS(X_77 - X_76) + ABS(X_78 - X_77) + ABS(X_79 - X_78) + ABS(X_80 - X_79) + ABS(X_81 - X_80) +
ABS(X_82 - X_81) + ABS(X_83 - X_82) + ABS(X_84 - X_83) + ABS(X_85 - X_84) + ABS(X_86 - X_85) +
ABS(X_87 - X_86) + ABS(X_88 - X_87) + ABS(X_89 - X_88) + ABS(X_90 - X_89) + ABS(X_91 - X_90) +
ABS(X_92 - X_91) + ABS(X_93 - X_92) + ABS(X_94 - X_93) + ABS(X_95 - X_94) + ABS(X_96 - X_95) +
ABS(X_97 - X_96) + ABS(X_98 - X_97) + ABS(X_99 - X_98) + ABS(X_100 - X_99) + ABS(X_101 - X_100).

So for example, the actual data is -0.002 and -0.004 but because of the labels these are numbered 12 and 14. That means that the outcomes under the new variable are not the actual values and these are actually way higher than should be.
Is there any way that I can remove these labels or do something else so that the formula calculates the right values?
 

Karabiner

TS Contributor
#2
Why did you not just change the variable type from string to numeric?
Automatic Recode necessarily produces a mess in the present situation.

With kind regards

Karabiner