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In most table lookup tasks, we are doing EXACT matching. However, sometimes we are looking for closest match in the lookup table. By 'closest', we mean smallest Eucleadian distance: ||X-Y||_2. Typically we have to manually code the search function in a DATA Step, either using ARRAY or using HASH OBJ.

But if we only care about the 1st closest point in lookup table, we can also tweak PROC FASTCLUS for a simple yet fast implementation. Here is an example with 2-dimension data and Euclidean Distance:

data fix;
input x y;
1 3
2 4
3 5
8 0.2
15 1
data have;
input x y;
1.2 6
0.3 4
10 1.2
7 1
2.9 4
%let dsid=%sysfunc(open(fix));
%let ntotal=%sysfunc(attrn(&dsid,NOBS));
%let dsid=%sysfunc(close(&dsid));
proc fastclus data=have out=have2
     seed=fix maxclusters=&ntotal
     noprint maxiter=0 ;
     var x y;

Submitted by Liang Xie. Contact me at my Discussion Page.

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