Difference in using proc tabulate and proc mean to compute median?

Difference in using proc tabulate and proc mean to compute median?

Post by xxu881015 » Mon, 14 Aug 2006 12:44:35


I have a large number of data and need to find the median.
I tried proc tabulate and received a WARNING: A shortage of memory has
caused the quantile computations to terminate prematurely ...
However, when I used proc mean to compute the median it can complete
without problems. So I guess my questions are 1) why proc tabulate
gives a warning while proc mean is ok, 2) if both proc works, do they
give the same result?

Thank you!

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