## find most consecutive months with missing price

Super Contributor
Posts: 409

# find most consecutive months with missing price

Hi,

If I have a dataset by City, and date and price. How can I get a count of consecutive months that the price is missing by City.

Have

City     Month   Price

Tor       01          345

Tor       02           .

Tor       03           .

Tor       04          367

Tor       05          678

Mon     01           .

Mon     02         235

Mon     03          .

Mon     04          .

Win      01        234

Win      02       456

Win      03         .

Win      04         .

Win      05         .

Want

City     ConsMonth

Tor             2

Mon           1

Win           5

Thanks

Super Contributor
Posts: 1,636

## Re: find most consecutive months with missing price

How did you come up the number in data set want?

Super Contributor
Posts: 409

## Re: find most consecutive months with missing price

Well, first of all it would help if I gave out the right want results.:smileyblush: Sorry about that..

It should be

Want

City   ConsMonth

Tor             2

Mon           2

Win            3

How many consecutive blank months (shown by prices)... Again, sorry about that.

Valued Guide
Posts: 765

## Re: find most consecutive months with missing price

hi ... here's one way ...

data x;

input city :\$3.  month price @@;

datalines;

Tor    01  345  Tor    02    .  Tor    03    .  Tor    04  367  Tor    05  678

Mon    01    .  Mon    02  235  Mon    03    .  Mon    04    .  Win    01  234

Win    02  456  Win    03    .  Win    04    .  Win    05    .

;

proc summary data=x missing nway;

by city price notsorted;

output out=stats;

run;

proc sql;

select city, max(_freq_) as consmonths from stats group by city;

quit;

city  consmonths

Mon            2

Tor            2

Win            3

Super User
Posts: 10,784

## Re: find most consecutive months with missing price

Mike,

Your code is not right ,try the data below.

 Tor 01 345 Tor 02 345 Tor 03 . Tor 04 367 Tor 05 678 Mon 01 . Mon 02 235 Mon 03 . Mon 04 .
Valued Guide
Posts: 765

## Re: find most consecutive months with missing price

hi ... you are correct, I forgot the WHERE in SUMMARY ...

proc summary data=x missing nway;

by city price notsorted;

output out=stats (where=(missing(price)));

run;

proc sql;

select city, max(_freq_) as consmonths from stats group by city;

quit;

Super User
Posts: 10,784

## Re: find most consecutive months with missing price

Mike,

First of all, I like your code.

But After the discussion with mkeintz at another session , I found an interesting problem, if missing value is a special like .A .Z  .Result is totally different.

Ksharp

Posts: 3,852

## Re: find most consecutive months with missing price

You can fix that with a FORMAT.

proc format;

value miss(default=8) ._-.Z = .;

run;

proc summary data=x missing nway;

by city price notsorted;

output out=stats(where=(missing(price)));

format price miss.;

run;

Valued Guide
Posts: 765

## Re: find most consecutive months with missing price

hi ... correct again, so group all possible missing values with a format ......

data x;

input city :\$3.  month price @@;

datalines;

Tor    01  345  Tor    02    .H  Tor    03    .  Tor    04  367  Tor    05  678

Mon    01    .  Mon    02   235  Mon    03    .  Mon    04    .

Win    01  234  Win    02   456  Win    03    .  Win    04    .L Win    05   .L

;

proc format;

value price ._ - .Z = ' ';

run;

proc summary data=x missing nway;

by city price notsorted;

output out=stats (where=(missing(price)));

format price price.;

run;

proc sql;

select city, max(_freq_) as consmonths from stats group by city;

quit;

city  consmonths

Mon            2

Tor            2

Win            3

Super User
Posts: 10,784

## Re: find most consecutive months with missing price

```data have;
input City \$    Month   Price ;
cards;
Tor       01          345
Tor       02           .
Tor       03           .
Tor       04          367
Tor       05          678
Mon     01           .
Mon     02         235
Mon     03          .
Mon     04          .
Win      01        234
Win      02       456
Win      03         .
Win      04         .
Win      05         .
;
run;
data have;
set have;
if city ne lag(city) or not missing(price) then n=0;
if missing(price) then n+1;
run;

proc sql;
create table want(where=(n ne 0)) as
select city,max(n) as n
from have
group by city ;
quit;

```

Ksharp

Message was edited by: xia keshan

Posts: 1,343

## Re: find most consecutive months with missing price

This is a case where the nested DOW loop approach, in combination with the NOTSORTED by option,  is a compact solution:

data want (keep=city nmonths);

do until (last.city);

do n=1 by 1 until (last.price);

set have;

by city price notsorted;

end;

nmonths=max(nmonths,ifn(missing(price),n,0));

end;

run;;

I understood this problem to be finding the maximum number of consecutive months with a missing pri9ce.  This program assumes that the data are sorted by city and month.

But see data _null_'s followup below to treat the entire range of missing values (._, .A, .B ... .Z, .) as a single BY level for price.

Message was edited by: Mark Keintz

Posts: 3,852

## Re: find most consecutive months with missing price

Add the GROUPFORMAT option to the BY statement and apply format to group all missing values together in the case of special missing.

data want (keep=city nmonths);

do until (last.city);

do n=1 by 1 until (last.price);

set x;

by city price notsorted groupformat;

end;

nmonths=max(nmonths,ifn(missing(price),n,0));

format price miss.;

end;

run;

Super Contributor
Posts: 409

## Re: find most consecutive months with missing price

Thanks all..  I like Mikeintz's method because it does not count other missing values that belong to the same city but consecutively numbered lower than the larger consecutive series..  for example if there are 5 missing months and then 6 priced months and then again 4 missing months. then it counts only 5 and not 5+4 = 9 ..

Valued Guide
Posts: 765

## Re: find most consecutive months with missing price

hi .. yes, that solution to your problem is very nice

but, in case you did not notice, the SUMMARY+SQL solution also does this

"for example if there are 5 missing months and then 6 priced months and then again 4 missing months. then it counts only 5 and not 5+4 = 9"

Super Contributor
Posts: 1,636

## Re: find most consecutive months with missing price

Ksharp's code also gave you 5, not 5+4=9.

Discussion stats
• 14 replies
• 987 views
• 3 likes
• 6 in conversation