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malena
Calcite | Level 5

I have a dataset of 25000 records with this layout;

 

ID    DOC25    DOC26   DOC27    DOC28   DOC29   ........  DOC48  

1           0             1              1           0                1                      0

 

DOC25-DOC48 are montly counts which have 0 if the person was on the streets, 1 if incarcerated

DOC25 corresponds to January 2013

DOC48 corresponds to December 2014

 

I want to count how many times was a person incarcerated but if the person remains in prison longer than 1 month, the following months will be 1 as well until it changes to 0 when release, here in December 2014. So I want to keep track only of the first time the value changes

 

thanks!

 

 

 

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Reeza
Super User

The logic is if the variable value doesn't equal the previous value. You've had previous answers that demonstrate a loop over the values

and declaring an array so this should be enough to get started. 

 

If doc(i) ne doc(i-1) then flag_count+1;
Astounding
PROC Star

Sounds like this should do it within a DATA step:

 

array docs {*} doc25-doc48;

incarcerated=0;

do i=2 to 24;

   if docs{i}=1 and docs{i-1}=0 then incarcerated + 1;

end;

 

This assumes that if DOC25=1 then you don't want to count it as an incarceration.  If that's wrong, it's easy enough to change.

 

 

PGStats
Opal | Level 21

@Astounding wrote:

 

This assumes that if DOC25=1 then you don't want to count it as an incarceration.  If that's wrong, it's easy enough to change.

 

 


The alternative would require changing 

 

incarcerated=0;

 

to

 

incarcerated=docs{1};

PG
RW9
Diamond | Level 26 RW9
Diamond | Level 26

As an alternative:

data want;
  doc1=0; doc2=1; doc3=1; doc4=0; doc5=1;
  test=count(cats(of doc:),"01");
run;
PGStats
Opal | Level 21

Or again, if you want to count initial incarcerations

 

data want;
  doc1=0; doc2=1; doc3=1; doc4=0; doc5=1;
  test=count(cats("0", of doc:),"01");
run;
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