Pyrite | Level 9

## Minimum of prior values

If I have a set of values ordered by ID and date, how do I determine the minimum value for each record at from all prior dates? I've tried using RETAIN but don't seem to be obtaining the correct results.

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## Re: Minimum of prior values

Here's an approach that assumes you do NOT want the current value considered when computing the PRIOR minimum:

proc sort data=have;

by id date;

run;

data want;

set have;

by id date;

if first.id then min_val = .;

retain min_val;

output;

min_val = min(min_val, varname);

run;

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PROC Star

## Re: Minimum of prior values

Here's an approach that assumes you do NOT want the current value considered when computing the PRIOR minimum:

proc sort data=have;

by id date;

run;

data want;

set have;

by id date;

if first.id then min_val = .;

retain min_val;

output;

min_val = min(min_val, varname);

run;

Pyrite | Level 9

## Re: Minimum of prior values

This method works well for what I'm doing. Any variations for when missing values appear in the series?

PROC Star

## Re: Minimum of prior values

The MIN function ignores missing values.  So I'm assuming you would like to add the possibility that the calculated minimum value comes out missing if one of the incoming values is missing.  That's slightly harder but not a great deal different.  After sorting:

data want;

set have;

by id date;

retain min_val;

if first.id then do;

min_val = .;

output;

min_val = 1e17;

end;

else output;

if varname < min_val then min_val = varname;

run;

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