Hi, there:

I wonder how I should do it with SAS/IML.

Imagine x is a m*1 vector and I want to pick up some values from the specified positions defined by another vector, idx. For example, idx={ 2,3,7,5,10,2,7}. I write a line as:

zz=x[idx,];

zz is supposed to be a 7*1 vector whose values are from the values in corresponding positions in x, according to the index vector idx_k.

Unfortunately, the last line does not seem to be consistent with SAS/IML grammar. If we want to re-order a matrix based on an index defined by another matrix, how should we do it?

I do find some example related to my question, but I find it difficult to interpret:

In a sample code on how to use the rank function:

x={2 2 1 0 5}; /*value x

b=x; /*value b from x

x[,rank(x)]=b;

It is difficult to understand the last line. does it revalue x? If so, can just write z[,rank(x)]=b, while z is undefined matrix or a 1*m matrix with m>=5 or can I write x[,rank(x)]=x?

Thanks.