Obsidian | Level 7

## How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

Hello All,

I am studying the two-way interaction effects of multiple variables. If there are 17 interested variables (say x1,x2,…,x17), there will be 17*16/2=136 two-way interaction terms. How can I create all those 136 two-way interaction terms and store them into a data table?

Thanks! Any ideas will be much appreciated!

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SAS Super FREQ

## Re: How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

I see. So you are building the interaction of a variable with itself.  Again I emphasize that it will be easier to use one of the dedicated SAS procedures for this. You can use the SUBMIT statement to call a SAS procedure from within a SAS/IML program.

That said, if c=HDIR(a,a), the columns you want to keep are exactly the indices (in row-major order) of the strictly upper-triangular elements of a p x p matrix, where p=ncol(a).  In the following statements, I use some SAS/IML functions that might be new to you:

The program just figures out which columns correspond to the desired interactions.  I've also generated example names, which is not necessary but seems useful.

proc iml;
a = {1 2  3 5};
c = hdir(a,a);     /* all two-way interactions */

names = "a":"d";
p = ncol(a);

interactNames = expandgrid(names, names);  /* names of all two-way interactions */
fullNames = interactNames[,1] + "*" + interactNames[,2];
print c[colname=fullNames];

M = shape(1:p##2, p);
keepIdx = loc( row(M) < col(M) );

partInteract = c[ ,keepIdx];
partNames = interactNames[keepIdx,1] + "*" + interactNames[keepIdx,2];
print partInteract[colname=partNames];

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Rhodochrosite | Level 12

## Re: How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

%mktex(2 ** 17, n=32) /* make a design */

* code it;
proc transreg data=design design;
model class(%macro int; x1 %do i = 2 %to 17; | x&i %end; @2 %mend; %int);
output out=coded;
run;

proc print; run;

Obsidian | Level 7

## Re: How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

Thanks very much WarrenKuhfeld, but I could't see your code clearly. Could you please make up a matrix (say a={1 2 3 5}) and retype the code?
SAS Super FREQ

## Re: How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

You can use any of several SAS procedures to write a design matrix. For a summary and example, see "Four ways to create a design matrix in SAS."

Since you posted this in the SAS/IML forum, you can also use the HDIR function to create interaction effects between columns of two design matrices. See "Dummy variables in SAS/IML."  But you know this already since you previously asked about the HDIR function.

Obsidian | Level 7

## Re: How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

Hi Rick, thanks for your help. I figured out how to use HDIR when matrices have missing value.

However, a new issue comes out. Since we have 17 interested variables, we will get 17*17=289 terms when we use HDIR, but what we want is just 17*16/2=136 two-way interaction terms. The result by using HDIR has repeated interaction terms besides quadratic terms. Say if we have 3 variables a,b,and c, HDIR will give us aa,ab,ac,ba,bb,bc,ca,cb,and cc.
Do you have any suggestions on this?
SAS Super FREQ

## Re: How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

I see. So you are building the interaction of a variable with itself.  Again I emphasize that it will be easier to use one of the dedicated SAS procedures for this. You can use the SUBMIT statement to call a SAS procedure from within a SAS/IML program.

That said, if c=HDIR(a,a), the columns you want to keep are exactly the indices (in row-major order) of the strictly upper-triangular elements of a p x p matrix, where p=ncol(a).  In the following statements, I use some SAS/IML functions that might be new to you:

The program just figures out which columns correspond to the desired interactions.  I've also generated example names, which is not necessary but seems useful.

proc iml;
a = {1 2  3 5};
c = hdir(a,a);     /* all two-way interactions */

names = "a":"d";
p = ncol(a);

interactNames = expandgrid(names, names);  /* names of all two-way interactions */
fullNames = interactNames[,1] + "*" + interactNames[,2];
print c[colname=fullNames];

M = shape(1:p##2, p);
keepIdx = loc( row(M) < col(M) );

partInteract = c[ ,keepIdx];
partNames = interactNames[keepIdx,1] + "*" + interactNames[keepIdx,2];
print partInteract[colname=partNames];

Super User

## Re: How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

Why not pick up the right columns ?

proc iml;
a = {1 2  3 5};
c = hdir(a,a);

n=ncol(a);

want=c[,good_idx];

print c,want;
quit;
Diamond | Level 26

## Re: How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

Lots of good solutions.

If it doesn't have to be an IML solution, PROC GLMMOD does the job as well.

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Paige Miller
Rhodochrosite | Level 12

## Re: How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

Sorry to disagree, but personally, I think GLMMOD does not provide a good solution, although it can certainly work.  You will understand my biases as you read further. GLMMOD was simply designed to provide some mechanism to output to a data set the same coding that GLM uses.  There is no built-in correspondence between the columns in the matrix and the rows when there are BY variables, and there is nothing descriptive in the column names.  The test below illustrates.

Transreg was designed to enable various types of coding and provide sensible names and labels along with several options that provide user control over the names and labels.  Unlike GLMMOD, a variable always means the same thing throughout the data set.

Much later, when various forms of coding were added to other modeling procedures, they followed the lead of transreg (although not the syntax of transreg), but went beyond what transreg did in many ways.  Different variable naming and labeling "cults" were provided as options (although they were never referred to that way outside of SAS).

When I learned linear models in graduate school in the early 1980s at UNC from Ron Helms, there was no automatic way in SAS to get alternative codings (reference cell, LTFR, cell mean, effects, splines, separate slopes and intercepts, separate slopes same intercept, multiple parallel lines, etc.) into a data set.  I made providing those codings a priority when I wrote transreg starting in the mid 1980s. I also made transreg handle some esoteric codings common in discrete choice modeling.  As I said, now other procs go way beyond what I did in transreg, but GLMMOD is not one of them.

Sorry for the history lesson, but I figure someone out there might find this SAS modeling history interesting.

%mktex(3 ** 6, n=18, out=d1)
%mktex(2 ** 6, n=12, out=d2)
data x;
set d1 d2(in=i);
by = i;
y = _n_;
run;
proc print; run;
proc glmmod data=x outdesign=g1(drop=y) noprint;
class x1-x6;
model y = x1-x6;
run;
proc glmmod data=x outdesign=g2(drop=by y) noprint;
class x1-x6;
model y = x1-x6;
by by;
run;
proc compare error note briefsummary criterion=1e-10
data=g1 compare=g2 method=relative(1);
run;
proc print data=g1; run;
proc print data=g2; run;
proc contents varnum; ods select position; run;
proc transreg data=x design replace;
model class(x1-x6);
output out=t1(drop=_:);
run;
proc transreg data=x design replace;
model class(x1-x6);
output out=t2(drop=_: by);
by by;
run;
proc compare error note briefsummary criterion=1e-10
data=t1 compare=t2 method=relative(1);
run;
proc print data=t1; run;
proc print data=t2; run;
proc contents varnum; ods select position; run;

Diamond | Level 26

## Re: How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

WarrenKuhfeld wrote:

Sorry for the history lesson, but I figure someone out there might find this SAS modeling history interesting.

This is very useful information, and I have bookmarked this thread. Thanks!

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Paige Miller
Obsidian | Level 7

## Re: How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

Obsidian | Level 7

## Re: How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

Thanks very much for your reply, Ksharp. The result we want should have 6 elements {1,2,3,5,6,10,15}, but yours returns more than that. I think the problem is that when you define bad_idx, you only include the indexes of the diagonal elements.

Super User

## Re: How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

OK. Same as Rick's code.

proc iml;
a = {1 2  3 5};
c = hdir(a,a);

n=ncol(a);
idx=shape(do(1,n#n,1),n);
want_idx=loc( row(idx) < col(idx) );

want = c[ ,want_idx];

print c,want;
quit;
Obsidian | Level 7

## Re: How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

Great! This works!
Barite | Level 11

## Re: How to create two-way interaction terms of multiple variables and store them into a data table?

This is probably a little more efficient and gets to the index in one line!

n = ncol(a);
want_idx = cusum(vech( j(n-1,n-1) + diag(1:(n-1)) ));
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