## randomly selection of records

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# randomly selection of records

i have a  file of students and  each student can appear more than once in it.

student score

100        A

100       B

100       C

101       A

101      B

102     A

103    B

103    A

103    C

.......

.........

i need to randomly select maximum to 2 records per student

Any idea how to achieve this guys please?

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‎02-11-2016 04:02 PM
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## Re: randomly selection of records

I think this might get you started. Since you may have some students with only one score if we want to use surveyselect which is designed for random sampling we need to describe how many records to pull for each student so the Proc Freq and Data step create a record for each student and if they only have one score then you get one requested, otherwise 2. Note that the output dataset from Surveyselect, Want, will have additional variables that can be used for weighting and tell what the probability of selection was.

``````proc freq data=have noprint;
tables student/list out=temp;
run;

data samplesize;
set temp;
if count > 1 then _nsize_ = 2;
else _nsize_ = 1;
run;

proc surveyselect data=have out=want
sampsize=samplesize ;
strata student;
run;``````

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‎02-11-2016 04:02 PM
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Posts: 13,583

## Re: randomly selection of records

I think this might get you started. Since you may have some students with only one score if we want to use surveyselect which is designed for random sampling we need to describe how many records to pull for each student so the Proc Freq and Data step create a record for each student and if they only have one score then you get one requested, otherwise 2. Note that the output dataset from Surveyselect, Want, will have additional variables that can be used for weighting and tell what the probability of selection was.

``````proc freq data=have noprint;
tables student/list out=temp;
run;

data samplesize;
set temp;
if count > 1 then _nsize_ = 2;
else _nsize_ = 1;
run;

proc surveyselect data=have out=want
sampsize=samplesize ;
strata student;
run;``````
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## Re: randomly selection of records

thanks ballardw

works  perfectly

interesting approach

thx again

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## Re: randomly selection of records

The SELECTALL option provides a simplier solution.  No counting required.

``````data student;
input (student score)(\$);
cards;
100 A
100 B
100 C
101 A
101 B
102 A
103 B
103 A
103 C
;;;;
run;
proc print;
run;
proc surveyselect data=student seed=4354 n=2 out=sample2 selectall;
strata student;
run;
proc print;
run;``````

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## Re: randomly selection of records

Good point @data_null__ I wish I could say that I was providing a more general solution where you had different selection rules based on counts within strata. But I just forgot the SELECTALL option as none of my stratified data gets close to the using all of the records in a stratum.

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## Re: randomly selection of records

this is even shorter.

Thanks Data_Null, thanks guys

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