## proc univariate - limiting the distributions

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# proc univariate - limiting the distributions

Hi All,

I am facing a difficulty in limiting the distributions obtained by PROC UNIVARIATE i.e. I want to have an option to set lower and upper limits within which the losses for each percentile (for each distribution) fall.

Can anyone please suggest something on the same.

Thanks

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## Re: proc univariate - limiting the distributions

Not sure what you mean exactly, but you can use a where clause to restrict your input data.

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## Re: proc univariate - limiting the distributions

Thanks Reeza for your reply , but my problem is not related to limit the data. I will give you example . Now suppose

In case of the sample data I am using, the lowest claim is \$968, but in case of fitted Normal Distribution (using PROC UNIVARIATE), the 1st, 5th and 10th percentile are coming out to be negative. Let say, had we limited the lower tail of distribution to \$100, all these percentiles would been more than \$100. There should be option for similar upper limit too.  Please do let me know if this helps.

Thanks

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## Re: proc univariate - limiting the distributions

If a value in the 10th percentile is not "valid" then your data very likely isn't normally distributed. Monetary values often have a skewed distribution.

You might need to investigate to get a better idea which distribution does fit.

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## Re: proc univariate - limiting the distributions

I think that PROC UNIVARIATE is letting you know that a normal distribution does not fit your data. Are you asking for options to fit bounded distributions?

If you know that your data are always positive, you can choose to fit a bounded distribution to your data. PROC UNIVARIATE supports the  lognormal and gamma distributions, and some others.  Since you mention "claims data," you might want to look into PROC GENMOD which enables you to fit various nonnegative distributions, including count data and the Tweedie distribution.

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## Re: proc univariate - limiting the distributions

Also, distribution free percentiles are available in PROC UNIVARIATE.  Try:

proc univariate data=yourdsn CIQUANTDF(type=asymmetric);

var value;

run;

Steve Denham

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