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# Find smallest value in variable list

I wrote code to calculate the proportion of the normal (0,1) distribution less than x from -2.5 and 0. Now I would like to print out the x value that is closest to the probability value = .10. How do I do this? After looking at the output the x value is -1.30 but I want to find this automatically and print. Any suggestions?

data one;
do x = -2.5 to 0 by .05;
probablity = probnorm(x);
difference = abs(.1-probability); *the smallest value of difference and its corresponding x value would be what I want to print out;
output;
end;

proc print data=one;
run;
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## Re: Find smallest value in variable list

I corrected the inconsistent spellings of probability, and added some code to the step.

Essentially, you hold a value which is the smallest and compare it to the difference.

If difference is lower than smallest then update smallest.

Otherwise it is larger and has started to increase again. So output the record at that point and stop the data step.

You now have one record with the smallest value and related X value.

If you don't like the column names, issue a rename option on the data statement.

Kind regards

David

Data ONE;
SMALLEST = 9999;
Do X = -2.5 To 0 By .05;
PROBABILITY = ProbNorm( X);
DIFFERENCE = ABS( .1 - PROBABILITY);
* the smallest value of difference and its corresponding
x value would be what I want to print out;
If DIFFERENCE < SMALLEST Then Do;
SMALLEST = DIFFERENCE;
XVALUE = X;
End;
Else Do;
Output;
Stop;
End;
End;
Run;
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