## Data filtering question (any equivalent function like first.?)

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# Data filtering question (any equivalent function like first.?)

Hello,

I have a dataset looks like below, but I have a hard time select only the data between the first B and the second B. Anyone have any idea how to achieve that?

Original Dataset (example):

AcctNum   Date             Type

1               20130104      P

1               20130118      P

1               20130124      B

1               20130131      P

1               20130214      P

1               20130221      B

2               20130109      B

2               20130111      P

2               20130206      B

3               20130114      B

3               20130214      B

.                .                  .

.                .                  .

.                .                  .

Dataset want to achieve

1               20130124      B

1               20130131      P

1               20130214      P

2               20130109      B

2               20130111      P

3               20130114      B

Regards,

Frank

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‎12-09-2013 11:01 AM
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## Re: Data filtering question (any equivalent function like first.?)

I'm not sure if there is a function, but you can easily just create the variables and logic.  e.g.:

data want (drop=firstone keepit);

set example;

by acctnum;

retain keepit firstone;

if first.acctnum then do;

firstone=1;

keepit=0;

end;

if firstone and type eq "B" then do;

keepit=1;

firstone=0;

end;

else if keepit and type eq "B" and not firstone then keepit=0;

if keepit then output;

run;

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‎12-09-2013 11:01 AM
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Posts: 8,167

## Re: Data filtering question (any equivalent function like first.?)

I'm not sure if there is a function, but you can easily just create the variables and logic.  e.g.:

data want (drop=firstone keepit);

set example;

by acctnum;

retain keepit firstone;

if first.acctnum then do;

firstone=1;

keepit=0;

end;

if firstone and type eq "B" then do;

keepit=1;

firstone=0;

end;

else if keepit and type eq "B" and not firstone then keepit=0;

if keepit then output;

run;

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## Re: Data filtering question (any equivalent function like first.?)

Thanks Arthur. It works perfect. Awesome logic!

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## Re: Data filtering question (any equivalent function like first.?)

Depending on what to do if you only have one 'B' per group, so you may need some tweaks on 's code, which now pulls one 'B's. You will need another pass to make it happen. Here is another hash based solution which does not pull one 'B's.

data have;

input AcctNum \$ Date :yymmdd8. Type\$;

format date yymmdd8.;

cards;

1 20130104 P

1 20130118 P

1 20130124 B

1 20130131 P

1 20130214 P

1 20130221 B

2 20130109 B

2 20130111 P

2 20130206 B

3 20130114 B

3 20130214 B

4 20130214 B

5 20130104 B

5 20130118 P

5 20130124 B

5 20130131 P

5 20130214 P

5 20130221 B

;

data want;

if _n_=1 then do;

if 0 then set have;

declare hash h(multidata:'y');

h.definekey('acctnum');

h.definedata('acctnum','date','type');

h.definedone();

declare hiter hi('h');

end;

set have;

by acctnum;

if first.acctnum then do;

rc=h.clear();

call missing(_i);

end;

if type='B' then _i+1;

if last.acctnum and _i>1 then do;

rc=hi.first();

do rc=0 by 0 while (rc=0);

output;

rc=hi.next();

end;

end;

drop rc _i;

run;

Haikuo

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## Re: Data filtering question (any equivalent function like first.?)

Thanks for your input, HaiKuo. The question now becomes more interesting.

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