Contributor
Posts: 54

# help with max function

Hi all,

I have a csv dataset that includes an account number, a date, and 24 hours of data per day. Each row contains one day of a month of the year. All account numbers have 365 days.

So the sample data set is as follows:

account# date hour1 hour2 hour3 ...............hour24

There are around 50 account numbers in the data set totaling somewhere in the range of 4000 or so rows. I need to find the maximum value by MONTH and return that value for each account number for each month. So, in the end I will have 12 max values for each account number. HELP! PLEASE. The code, minus the import that I have so far is as follows :

data usagesum;
set kva end = eof;
retain maxuse;
month = month(date);
if (day(date) = 1) and not (_n_ = 1) then do;
maxuse=0;
end;
maxuse= max(of hour1 - hour24);
if last.account or month ne month(date+1) then output;
run;

I am getting the max but not of the entire month. Message was edited by: Aar684
Super Contributor
Posts: 3,176

## Re: help with max function

You are using what's called "BY GROUP PROCESSING" -- the FIRST. and/or LAST. must also include a BY statement. So, you will need to derive all variables, sort the data, then have a DATA step with your max-value derivation logic.

Scott Barry
SBBWorks, Inc.

by group processing site:sas.com
Contributor
Posts: 54

## Re: help with max function

Very confusing. Is my max-value derivation logic even remotely correct?
Contributor
Posts: 54

## Re: help with max function

Scott,

I am sorry. My knowledge is very basic. I was getting help from someone here who isn't available to me at the moment. I am lost, but would like to learn. Unfortunately I have a tight time constraint. Am I any where near where I need to be?
Super Contributor
Posts: 359

## Re: help with max function

You are missing the BY ACCOUNT MONTH;
statement after the SET statement.
Super Contributor
Posts: 3,176

## Re: help with max function

Yes, you are close, but your MONTH derivation code must be in a separate DATA step. You cannot have a SET with a BY where the variable is not yet derived -- that's why you need multiple DATA steps -- suggest adding a SORT as mentioned.

Scott Barry
SBBWorks, Inc.
Posts: 2,125

## Re: help with max function

Try changing the third from the last line from
maxuse= max(of hour1 - hour24);
to
maxuse= max(of maxuse hour1 - hour24);
. That should include the max from the previous records in the month.

Doc Muhlbaier

Message was edited by: Doc@Duke
Posts: 2,125

## Re: help with max function

OK. You were close. I think you can actually do this without BY-group processing; my code is not tested. :

PROC SORT DATA=kva; BY account date; RUN;
* assumes dates are SAS dates, not text strings;

data usagesum;
set kva; * end = eof; * end not needed.;
retain maxuse;
month = month(date);
if (day(date) = 1) /* and not (_n_ = 1) */ then do; * RETAINed variables initialized to 0 for _N_=1 already.;
maxuse=0;
end;
maxuse= max(of MAXUSE hour1 - hour24); * added maxuse to accumulate through the month.;
PUT account date maxuse; * debugging code to see if the accumulatior is working;
if /* last.account or */ month ne month(date+1) then output; * "last" not needed.;
run;

Give this a try and see where you get.

Doc

Message was edited by: Doc@Duke Message was edited by: Doc@Duke
Contributor
Posts: 54

## Re: help with max function

Ok guys. Trying your suggestions and will report back. Didn't have a chance to look at this again as I was out sick. I am going to plugging away today. Thanks all.
Discussion stats
• 8 replies
• 196 views
• 0 likes
• 4 in conversation