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I have two datasets that each have ID and a date variable. Dataset 1 also has Var1 (which is continous) and Dataset 2 also has Var2 (a dummy variable). 


Dataset 1

ID     Date     Var1

1      1/5/12     30

1       3/9/13    54

1      10/4/14    3

2      2/1/12      9

2      1/1/13     23


Dataset 2

ID     Date     Var2

1      1/5/12      0

1      2/7/12      0

1      3/9/13      1

2      2/1/12      1

2      4/3/12      1

3      4/5/13      1

3      10/4/13    1


The goal is to have for each ID/date combo as much information as possible--so ideally I'd want the values of both Var1 and Var2 on a given date, but if a person only has Var1 or Var2 on a given date, that should be displayed. Therefore, I joined them using proc sql full join on ID and date:


proc sql;

create table want as

select * from Dataset1 a

full join Dataset2 b

on (a.ID=b.ID) and (;



This gave me the output dataset I wanted:


ID     Date     Var1      Var2

1      1/5/12     30          0

1      2/7/12                   0

1       3/9/13    54          1

1      10/4/14    3

2      2/1/12      9           1

2      4/3/12                   1

2      1/1/13     23

3      4/5/13                   1

3      10/4/13                 1


The issue is that there are some people like ID 3, who are only in Dataset 2 but not Dataset 1. Ideally, I'd like to exclude these people from my final output dataset altogether, but I'm not sure how to do that with a full outer join. Alternatively, if I just had a way of identifying which people came from Dataset 2 only, that would be helpful as well. 


Any help is much appreciated. 

SAS Employee

I didn't find the proc sql code you included produced the results you stated. 

However, this version of the code produced what you stated:


proc sql;
create table want as
select coalesce(, 'id',
coalesce(, 'date',
a.var1, b.var2
from temp1 a
full join temp2 b
on (a.ID=b.ID) and (;



AND if you add this where clause it eliminates the records from the 2nd data set that you stated you didn't want included.


proc sql;
create table want as
select coalesce(, 'id',
coalesce(, 'date',
a.var1, b.var2
from temp1 a
full join temp2 b
on (a.ID=b.ID) and (
where coalesce(, in (select id from temp1);


Hope this helps,





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