Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 10:08:29 -0800
Reply-To: Bruce Weaver <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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From: Bruce Weaver <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Selecting the rightmost variable of several columns
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> Dear list,
> Does anyone know how I can select value from the "rightmost" of a set of
> For example, each column might represent the same variable measured in
> different years. I want to select the most recent information, because the
> value might be missing for the current year.
> Many thanks,
If I follow, you want to do something like this.
* Read in some sample data.
data list / v1 to v3 1-3 .
* Pick out right-most valid value.
numeric rigthmost (f2.0).
do repeat v = v1 to v3.
- if not missing(v) rightmost = v.
"When all else fails, RTFM."
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