You can use the **MAX** function in SAS to find the largest value in a list of values.

Here are the two most common ways to use this function:

**Method 1: Find Max Value of One Column in Dataset**

**proc sql;
select max(var1)
from my_data;
quit;
**

**Method 2: Find Max Value of One Column Grouped by Another Column in Dataset**

**proc sql;
select var2, max(var1)
from my_data;
group by var2;
quit;**

The following examples show how to use each method with the following dataset in SAS:

/*create dataset*/ data my_data; input team $ points; datalines; A 12 A 14 A 19 A 23 A 20 A 11 A 14 B 20 B 21 B 29 B 14 B 19 B 17 B 30 ; run; /*view dataset*/ proc print data=my_data;

**Note**: The **MAX** function automatically ignores missing values when calculating the max value of a list.

**Example 1: ****Find Max Value of One Column in Dataset**

**Find Max Value of One Column in Dataset**

The following code shows how to calculate the max value in the **points** column of the dataset:

**/*calculate max value of points*/
proc sql;
select max(points)
from my_data;
quit;**

We can see that **proc sql** returns a table with a value of 30.

This represents the max value in the **points** column.

**Example 2: ****Find Max Value of One Column Grouped by Another Column**

**Find Max Value of One Column Grouped by Another Column**

The following code shows how to calculate the max value in the **points** column, grouped by the **team** column in the dataset:

**/*calculate max value of points grouped by team*/
proc sql;
select team, max(points)
from my_data;
group by team;
quit;**

From the output we can see:

- The max points value for team A is
**11**. - The max points value for team B is
**14**.

**Note**: You can find the complete documentation for the **MAX** function in SAS here.

**Additional Resources**

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