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How to specify the order of by groups?

I have some data that I would like to print or plot.  I would like the output grouped by a certain variable.  I can do this like this:

data test;

proc print; by source;

proc means; by source;

In my example source can be a single letter 'A', 'B', 'C', or 'D'.  I would like to specify the order of the groups.  I don't want it to be

alphabetical.  I might want the order to be 'C', 'B', 'D', 'A'.  Is there a way to do this?

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‎11-02-2011 10:47 AM
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Re: How to specify the order of by groups?

Posted in reply to WesBarris

Hi ... never tried this before, but it appears to do what you asked ...

proc trantab table=ascii;

replace 'C' '1' ;

replace 'B' '2';

replace 'D' '3';

replace 'A' '4';

save table=test;

quit;

data x;

do _n_ = 1 to 1000;

letter = char('ABCD',rantbl(999,.25,.25,.25));

x = ceil(1000*ranuni(999));

output;

end;

run;

proc sort data=x sortseq=test;

by letter;

run;

proc means data=x;

by letter;

run;

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How to specify the order of by groups?

Posted in reply to WesBarris

There might be a more direct method I can't think of at the moment, but you can always create an informat, apply it, and then use it as your by variable.  e.g.:

proc format;

invalue \$names

'Henry'=1

'Alice'=2

'James'=3

'Jane'=4

other=5;

run;

data test;

set sashelp.class;

sortnames=input(name,\$names.);

run;

proc sort data=test;

by sortnames;

run;

proc print data=test (

drop=name rename=(sortnames=name));

by name;

run;

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How to specify the order of by groups?

Art. it should be

proc format;

invalue names

Not include Dollar sign because it is numeric informat not character.

I know SAS passed this fragment code. But I recommend to not use \$.

Ksharp

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How to specify the order of by groups?

Thanks Art.  However, the output of your example includes name=1, name=2, etc.  Is there a way to show the original names in the output instead of the value we are using to specify their order?

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How to specify the order of by groups?

Posted in reply to WesBarris

I don't know about "instead of", but I do know how to get "in addition to."

proc sort data=test;

by sortnames name;

run;

proc print data=test ;

by sortnames name;

run;

This should at least put both in the byvar header block.

Steve Denham

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‎11-02-2011 10:47 AM
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Posts: 765

Re: How to specify the order of by groups?

Posted in reply to WesBarris

Hi ... never tried this before, but it appears to do what you asked ...

proc trantab table=ascii;

replace 'C' '1' ;

replace 'B' '2';

replace 'D' '3';

replace 'A' '4';

save table=test;

quit;

data x;

do _n_ = 1 to 1000;

letter = char('ABCD',rantbl(999,.25,.25,.25));

x = ceil(1000*ranuni(999));

output;

end;

run;

proc sort data=x sortseq=test;

by letter;

run;

proc means data=x;

by letter;

run;

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