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Quartz | Level 8

Simple question probably, but I keep arranging and rearranging  distinct and group by in the code and I'm not getting anything different.


I have two tables that share an ID between the two of them. Let's say table a has revenue data associated with each ID and table two has an instance where two titles are associated with the same ID. I use a left join of table an and ask for a distinct ID, and even group by, but I keep getting two row back for that ID, one for each name from table 


proc sql;
create table tableau.metadata_match as 
distinct a.product_id,
from table a
left join 
table b 
on a.product_id = b.product_id;
group by 1, 2 quit;



It returns these rows repeating the revenue. What I really want is only row for this.





Barite | Level 11

I see few problem with the sql query.


You should remove group by statement becuase I do not find any aggregate function being used in the select clause.

Then try again.



Jade | Level 19

Which match in the second table should be selected?


Post some example input-datasets as data-steps, so that we see what you have.

Quartz | Level 8

Hi Andreas,


I posted fake data to show an example of the scenario and what output I'm receiving. However, in the real scenario, If I need to specify just one of these, how do I do it by choosing either randomly or based off of occurrence using a date field (first occurrence, most recent occurrence)?

Rhodochrosite | Level 12

The problem is that you still have product in your query and there are 2 different values which gives you 2 rows of data.

If you remove it you will get 1 row.

But if you still need product in your result you need to descide which one to keep, as Andreas says 🙂


Quartz | Level 8

 If I need to specify just one of these, how do I do it by choosing either randomly or based off of occurrence using a date field (first occurrence, most recent occurrence)?

Super User

I think that you may be misunderstanding what the DISTINCT actually attempts to do. It gets distinct combinations of ALL variables on the select statement not just the first variable.


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