This example is modeled on the example in the section Getting Started: QUANTSELECT Procedure. It highlights the use of the HPQUANTSELECT procedure for multiple-level quantile regression by creating growth charts for men’s body mass index (BMI).

BMI, which is defined as the ratio of weight (kg) to squared height (m), is a standard measure for categorizing individuals as overweight or underweight. The percentiles of BMI for specified ages
are of particular interest. This example draws smooth BMI quantile curves conditional on `Age`

, which can serve as BMI growth charts in medical diagnosis to identify BMI percentiles for subjects.

The `BMIMen`

data set is from the 1999–2000 and 2001–2002 survey results for men that are published by the National Center for Health
Statistics. It contains the two variables `BMI`

and `Age`

with 3,264 observations.

data bmimen; input BMI Age @@; SqrtAge = sqrt(Age); InveAge = 1/Age; LogBMI = log(BMI); datalines; 18.6 2.0 17.1 2.0 19.0 2.0 16.8 2.0 19.0 2.1 15.5 2.1 16.7 2.1 16.1 2.1 18.0 2.1 17.8 2.1 18.3 2.1 16.9 2.1 15.9 2.1 20.6 2.1 16.7 2.1 15.4 2.1 15.9 2.1 17.7 2.1 ... more lines ... 29.0 80.0 24.1 80.0 26.6 80.0 24.2 80.0 22.7 80.0 28.4 80.0 26.3 80.0 25.6 80.0 24.8 80.0 28.6 80.0 25.7 80.0 25.8 80.0 22.5 80.0 25.1 80.0 27.0 80.0 27.9 80.0 28.5 80.0 21.7 80.0 33.5 80.0 26.1 80.0 28.4 80.0 22.7 80.0 28.0 80.0 42.7 80.0 ;

The logarithm of `BMI`

is used as the response. (Although this approach does not improve the quantile regression fit, it helps with statistical
inference.) The following statements fit quantile regression models for the `BMIMen`

data set at 10 quantile levels:

%let quantile=0.03 0.05 0.1 0.25 0.5 0.75 0.85 0.90 0.95 0.97; %let nq=10; proc hpquantselect data=BMIMen; model logBMI = InveAge SqrtAge Age SqrtAge*Age Age*Age Age*Age*Age / quantile=&quantile; code file='bmicode.sas'; output out=Bmiout copyvars=(BMI Age) pred=P_LogBMI; run;

The CODE
statement enables you to write a SAS DATA step to compute quantile predictions of the fitted model. The OUTPUT
statement outputs the mean predicted quantiles for the 10 specified quantile levels. The PRED= option in the OUTPUT
statement specifies the variable names for the quantile predictions. For examples, `p1`

is for quantile level 0.03, and `p2`

is for quantile level 0.05.

The following statements define and apply a SAS macro function to create a quantile curves plot for the `BMIMen`

data set:

%let BMIcolor=red olive orange blue brown gray violet black gold green; %macro plotBMI; data BmiPred; set Bmiout; %do j=1 %to &nq; predBMI&j = exp(P_LogBMI&j); %end; label %do j=1 %to &nq; predBMI&j=%qscan(&quantile,&j,%str( )) %end;; run; proc sort data=BmiPred; by Age; run; proc sgplot data=BmiPred; %do j=1 %to &nq; series y=predBMI&j x=Age/lineattrs=(thickness=2 color=%qscan(&BMIcolor,&j,%str( ))); %end; scatter y=BMI x=Age/markerattrs=(size=5); run; %mend; %plotBMI;

Output 59.2.1 shows the `BMI`

quantile curves, which can serve as BMI growth charts. For example, the percentiles of any observations (small blue circles)
that are located between the top 0.95 quantile (gold) curve and the 0.97 quantile (green) curve are between the 95th percentile
and the 97th percentile. By using this rule, you can measure the percentile range for any observations of interest.

Output 59.2.1: Growth Chart for Body Mass Index

Other than using the OUTPUT
statement, you can also calculate quantile predictions by using the CODE
statement. The following statements show how to use the SAS DATA step and the SAS file `bmicode`

, which the CODE
statement requests, to calculate quantile predictions for the `BMIMen`

data set:

data Newmen; set BMIMen; %inc bmicode; run;

The SET statement in the SAS DATA step specifies a data set for computing quantile predictions. This is usually a new data
set that you want to score. This example uses the `BMIMen`

data set again, so the quantile predictions in the `Newmen`

data set are identical to those in the `Bmiout`

data set. The following statements compare the `Bmiout`

data set with the `Newmen`

data set:

proc compare data=Bmiout compare=Newmen criterion=0.00001; run;