Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2008 14:12:18 -0800
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From: "Nordlund, Dan (DSHS/RDA)" <NordlDJ@DSHS.WA.GOV>
Subject: Re: Help with data manipulation. Thanks!!!
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> Subject: Help with data manipulation. Thanks!!!
> I have a dataset which include 3 variables: id, i, j. For each id, the
> values for i and j may be 1~4. It is required that the combination of
> these 3 variables to be unique, which means, for example, the
> combination of id=2 i=3 j=1 can be on the dataset for only one time.
> If the combination shows up for two or more times on the datset, I
> need keep only the first obs this combination shows up and remove
> other obs it shows up.
> To solve the problem, I sort the dataset according to id i j. Then I
> only need to do iterations within each id. But I do not know how to do
> it by SAS. Can any people help me do it?
> Thanks a lot!!!
You have received a solution from Toby Dunn using PROC SORT. If your dataset is already sorted you could use a data step
by id i j;
Or you could use PROC SQL
create table want as
select distinct id, i, j
order by id, i, j
Hope this is helpful,
Daniel J. Nordlund
Research and Data Analysis
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Olympia, WA 98504-5204