Create an option for Proc Means statement that would automatically produce either five- or seven-number summary statistics, e.g.,
FNS = Five-number summary (min. Q1 Median Q3 max)
SNSP = Seven-number summary parametric (2nd 9th 25th 50th 75th 91st 98th percentiles)
SNSNP = Seven-number summary non-param. (min. 10th 25th 50th 75th 90th max.)
You can add keyboard shortcuts that type out the keywords you need.
Also, I'm not sure how generally needed the "SNSP" list would be. I have had a few requests for 1st and 99th percentiles but never a 2nd or 98th.
It is not an important issue for me. If the suggested options were implementet, then I would also use them now and then, but I do fine without.them.
I agree with ballardw that 2nd and 98th percentiles are rarely used. Instead I would like 2.5nd and 97.5th percentiles, which unfortunately is not an option.
You might be surprised to find out that PROC STDIZE computes specified percentiles: "Output percentiles of multiple variables in a tabular format"
I think adding a keyword for the five number summary to PROC MEANS is an excellent suggestion. I would also suggest that the Q2 keyword be added as a synonym for MEDIAN.
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