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st: STRING to DATE


From   Thomas Speidel <thomassp@cancerboard.ab.ca>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: STRING to DATE
Date   Mon, 08 Mar 2004 10:52:41 -0700

Hello,

I am trying to convert a string variable containing dates into a date
variable using the DATE command.
The dates in the string variable "dxday" are in the following format:

27-Oct-97
19-Sep-99
17-Nov-97
....
I used the following command:

. generate dxday2=date(dxday, "DM19Y")
(50 missing values generated)
Obviously, it did not work...

Does anyone know if there is an easy way to format this type of date
(DD-MMM-YY)?
I guess the other way is to modify the data file directly to eliminate
the dashes, but I wonder if there is a more elegant mehod.

Thanks,

--
Thomas Speidel



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