# neardate

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##### Find the index of the closest value in data set 2, for each entry in data set one.

A common task in medical work is to find the closest lab value to some index date, for each subject.

Keywords
utilities, manip
##### Usage
neardate(id1, id2, y1, y2, best = c("after", "prior"),
nomatch = NA_integer_)
##### Arguments
id1

vector of subject identifiers for the index group

id2

vector of identifiers for the reference group

y1

normally a vector of dates for the index group, but any orderable data type is allowed

y2

reference set of dates

best

if best='prior' find the index of the first y2 value less than or equal to the target y1 value, for each subject. If best='after' find the first y2 value which is greater than or equal to the target y1 value, for each subject.

nomatch

the value to return for items without a match

##### Details

This routine is closely related to match and to findInterval, the first of which finds exact matches and the second closest matches. This finds the closest matching date within sets of exactly matching identifiers. Closest date matching is often needed in clinical studies. For example data set 1 might contain the subject identifier and the date of some procedure and data set set 2 has the dates and values for laboratory tests, and the query is to find the first test value after the intervention but no closer than 7 days.

The id1 and id2 arguments are similar to match in that we are searching for instances of id1 that will be found in id2, and the result is the same length as id1. However, instead of returning the first match with id2 this routine returns the one that best matches with respect to y1.

The y1 and y2 arguments need not be dates, the function works for any data type such that the expression c(y1, y2) gives a sensible, sortable result. Be careful about matching Date and DateTime values and the impact of time zones, however, see as.POSIXct. If y1 and y2 are not of the same class the user is on their own. Since there exist pairs of unmatched data types where the result could be sensible, the routine will in this case proceed under the assumption that "the user knows what they are doing". Caveat emptor.

##### Value

the index of the matching observations in the second data set, or the nomatch value for no successful match

match, findInterval

• neardate
##### Examples
# NOT RUN {
data1 <- data.frame(id = 1:10,
entry.dt = as.Date(paste("2011", 1:10, "5", sep='-')))
temp1 <- c(1,4,5,1,3,6,9, 2,7,8,12,4,6,7,10,12,3)
data2 <- data.frame(id = c(1,1,1,2,2,4,4,5,5,5,6,8,8,9,10,10,12),
lab.dt = as.Date(paste("2011", temp1, "1", sep='-')),
chol = round(runif(17, 130, 280)))

#first cholesterol on or after enrollment
indx1 <- neardate(data1$id, data2$id, data1$entry.dt, data2$lab.dt)
data2[indx1, "chol"]

# Closest one, either before or after.
#
indx2 <- neardate(data1$id, data2$id, data1$entry.dt, data2$lab.dt,
best="prior")
ifelse(is.na(indx1), indx2, # none after, take before
ifelse(is.na(indx2), indx1, #none before
ifelse(abs(data2$lab.dt[indx2]- data1$entry.dt) <
abs(data2$lab.dt[indx1]- data1$entry.dt), indx2, indx1)))

# closest date before or after, but no more than 21 days prior to index
indx2 <- ifelse((data1$entry.dt - data2$lab.dt[indx2]) >21, NA, indx2)
ifelse(is.na(indx1), indx2, # none after, take before
ifelse(is.na(indx2), indx1, #none before
ifelse(abs(data2$lab.dt[indx2]- data1$entry.dt) <
abs(data2$lab.dt[indx1]- data1$entry.dt), indx2, indx1)))
# }

Documentation reproduced from package survival, version 3.1-8, License: LGPL (>= 2)

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