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Date:         Sun, 30 Mar 2008 14:22:50 -0400
Reply-To:     Sigurd Hermansen <HERMANS1@WESTAT.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Sigurd Hermansen <HERMANS1@WESTAT.COM>
Subject:      Re: Distinct on proc sql -- Clarification
Comments: To: Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET>
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Art: OK. I now see the reason for the question. Let's see whether the example implies something other than a nodupkey constraint. S

-----Original Message----- From: [] On Behalf Of Arthur Tabachneck Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2008 5:43 PM To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU; Sigurd Hermansen Subject: Re: Distinct on proc sql -- Clarification


Suren indicated that he wants the first instance of product a, the second instance of product b and, since there are only single instances of products c and d, we don't know what he is looking for.

Art --------- On Sat, 29 Mar 2008 17:32:09 -0400, Sigurd Hermansen <HERMANS1@WESTAT.COM> wrote:

>Howard: >Isn't product the key in this case? >S > >________________________________ > >From: on behalf of Howard Schreier <hs AT >dc- sug DOT org> >Sent: Sat 3/29/2008 5:04 PM >To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU >Subject: Re: Distinct on proc sql -- Clarification > > > >On Fri, 28 Mar 2008 13:43:02 -0400, Sigurd Hermansen ><HERMANS1@WESTAT.COM> >wrote: > >>Suren: >>You are describing the behaviour of SAS PROC SORT nodupkey ... It >>arbitrarily takes the first instance of the value of a key in the obs >>sequence of a SAS dataset. > >The B/3 row is a counterexample to the NODUPKEY model. It's not at all >obvious to me what the rule is for picking an observation when PRODUCT repeats. > >>S >> >>-----Original Message----- >>From: >>[] >>On Behalf Of Suren gc >>Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 1:34 PM >>To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU >>Subject: Distinct on proc sql -- Clarification >> >> >>I want to select distinct variables from first column in the select >>clause, however, it doesnot matter whether variables of other columns >>are duplicated. Would this possible? >>Data: >>product Num >>A 1 >>A 2 >>B 2 >>B 3 >>C 2 >>D 3 >>A 2 >>B 4 >> >>I would want to select distinct products and create a dataset like >>this: A 1 B 3 C 2 D 3 >> >>Thanks, >>Suren

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