Calcite | Level 5

## Create ranks using SQL

Question : I have a dataset with department names, employee names, salary. I have to find out the 5th largest salary of employee along with its department by using Proc SQL (I know the procedure by using Data step but I want to know by using Proc SQL). Please help.

 Dept_Name Emp_name Salary Economics Naveen 1070 statistics Praveen 1157 Biology Manju 1286 marketing Chethan 1396 Economics vinay 1110 statistics sanjay 1318 Biology harshi 1376 marketing manu V 1179 Biology manu S 1002 statistics manu P 1442
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Ammonite | Level 13

## Re: Create ranks using SQL

Hi,

This is another way:

proc sql outobs=5;
create table want as
select * from have
order by salary desc;
select * from want
having salary=min(salary);
quit;

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Diamond | Level 26

## Re: proc sql

Is this a homework problem?

I would advise to do this in a data step or PROC RANK. It's much simpler.

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Paige Miller
Calcite | Level 5

## Re: proc sql

I want to know in Proc SQl.

I know the procedure in Data step by using rank and (_n_).

Barite | Level 11

## Re: proc sql

Post yout trial here and you will be helped for sure. Have you tried solve it by yourself?

Calcite | Level 5

## Re: proc sql

Iam not that much good in Proc SQL. When I searched online I could't get exact solution for 5th largest. I got solution for 2nd largest, 3rd largest. So please help me how to get 5th Largest. Thanks in advance.

Diamond | Level 26

## Re: proc sql

Can you provide a link to the solution for 3rd largest? Why wouldn't that generalize to the 5th largest? Show us your code!

And while it is admirable to try to increase your SQL skills, this really isn't something that you should attempt to do in SQL, since SQL is simply a very poor choice in SAS to do this calculation.

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Paige Miller
Calcite | Level 5

## Re: proc sql

The above problem is interviewed question. So Iam seeking help in this portal. Thanks.

Diamond | Level 26

## Re: proc sql

@Naveen1 wrote:

The above problem is interviewed question. So Iam seeking help in this portal. Thanks.

The answer to the interview question is:

"It would be easier to do this in a DATA step or using PROC RANK. Doing this in PROC SQL is a very poor choice."

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Paige Miller
Rhodochrosite | Level 12

## Re: proc sql

1/ Sort by Salary (with a SELECT ... ORDER BY if you have to use SQL only)

2/ Use the monotonic function to get the fifth record.

Calcite | Level 5

## Re: proc sql

Can I get elabprated syntax, as I informed earlier I dont have much knowledge on  Proc SQL.

Tourmaline | Level 20

## Re: proc sql

You have still not motivated why you want/need to do it in SQL.

If it's for learning purposes, don't do it, since given the answer already given, there are better ways to do this. Don't learn a less efficient way.

If you want to learn SQL, there must be tons of other exercises to go about.

Data never sleeps
Super User

## Re: Create ranks using SQL

```Why you want to do this. it is really clumsy for SQL to get the largest n obs.
The following return the 5th largest weight for each sex.

proc sql;
select sex,name,weight,(select count(*) as n  from (select distinct sex,name,weight from sashelp.class) as b
where b.sex=a.sex and b.weight<=a.weight) as n
from sashelp.class as a
where calculated n=5;
quit;

```
Ammonite | Level 13

## Re: Create ranks using SQL

Hi,

This is another way:

proc sql outobs=5;
create table want as
select * from have
order by salary desc;
select * from want
having salary=min(salary);
quit;

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