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Date:         Fri, 22 Aug 2003 08:31:59 -0400
Reply-To:     Ian Whitlock <WHITLOI1@WESTAT.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Ian Whitlock <WHITLOI1@WESTAT.COM>
Subject:      Re: Sql FIRST function
Comments: To: Puddin' Man <pudding_man@POSTMARK.NET>
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I did miss the fact that he wanted the column summed. However, both the title and first sentence do indicate a desire to work with an odered file in SQL. Given those conditions and the way SQL is designed to be order free, I suggest that adding a variable is essential.

Now how would you pick out the last name or the third name in each group? -----Original Message----- From: Puddin' Man [mailto:pudding_man@POSTMARK.NET] Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2003 5:30 PM To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: Re: Sql FIRST function

Ian Old Bean,

Do you really define a "good data structure" as one in which a new field must be created solely so that a subsequent program structure (SQL step in this case) can grab a value from the first record in a group? :-)

Also, your code doesn't sum the 'viztotal' data.

SQL is good for lots of things. I don't know that this is one of 'em. I assume Chris knows what to do with this in a data step. Can Chris name more than one vendor's SQL implementation that supports a FIRST function? I don't think FIRST is ansi ...

Prost, Puddin'

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Ian Whitlock wrote:

> Chris, > > With a good data structure it is trivial. > > data w ; input id vizperiod $ name $ viztotal ; > if id ^= lag(id) then seq = 0 ; > seq + 1 ; > cards ; > 1 qtr1 Bob 3 > 1 qtr1 Robert 4 > 3 qtr1 Jim 2 > 3 qtr1 James 3 > ; > > proc sql ; > select id , vizperiod , name, viztotal > from w > where seq = 1 ; > quit ; > > Without, one can use the MONOTONIC function to get the required > structure. See SAS-L arhcives If I remember correctly, > Ya Huang gave a nice answer in the last 6 months. Search for > "monotonic" and "group" in the > text. > > > > -----Original Message----- > From: Christopher Sadler [mailto:cjsadler@HOTMAIL.COM] > Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2003 10:00 AM > To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU > Subject: Sql FIRST function > > > Is there some sort of equivalent in proc SQL for the FIRST function? (In > non-SAS SQL, this function enables you to get the first value of a > variable when using a 'group by' function). Essentially, what I want > to accomplish is this: > > Take this dataset: > id vizperiod name viztotal > 1 qtr1 Bob 3 > 1 qtr1 Robert 4 > 3 qtr1 Jim 2 > 3 qtr1 James 3 > > Turn in into this: > 1 qtr1 Bob 7 > 3 qtr1 Jim 5 > > The ideal SQL would be something like this: > proc sql; > select id, vizperiod, first(name), sum(viztotal) as sumviz from > dataset1 group by id, vizperiod; > > Right now, we don't really care that much about the name field. We are > more interested in the summaries and will deal with the varied way > that people's names are entered later. However, for the time being we do need > *some* name value. But there is no FIRST function in SAS. So how do I > deal with the name field? (I'm only curious about whether this is > possible in proc SQL-- I know there's plenty of ways to solve this > problem with regular SAS code) > > Thanks, > Chris Sadler > > _________________________________________________________________ > <b>MSN 8:</b> Get 6 months for $9.95/month >

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