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st: Re:date fields

From   Kit Baum <>
Subject   st: Re:date fields
Date   Wed, 28 Sep 2005 09:14:03 -0400

Quite so. Relational databases such as mySQL have three types of columns: numeric, string and date/time. For mySQL, " The date and time types for representing temporal values are DATETIME, DATE, TIMESTAMP, TIME, and YEAR. Each temporal type has a range of legal values, as well as a “zero” value that is used when you specify an illegal value that MySQL cannot represent. "

Since Stata does not have such variable types, any movement of data between RDBMS and Stata requires some tweaking to ensure that the contents are preserved as meant.

Kit Baum, Boston College Economics

On Sep 28, 2005, at 2:33 AM, statalist-digest wrote:

For Stata, date variables are not a variable type,
or a set of variable types. Dates are held as integer-valued
numeric variables and the date part works through formats
and functions.

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