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"Penn, Amy" <Amy.Penn@ucsf.edu> |

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"statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

Subject |
RE: st: bottom to top or reverse cumulative distribution in table command? |

Date |
Thu, 15 Apr 2010 05:04:40 -0700 |

Dear Stefan and Martin, Thanks for your fast reply. I had some further questions regarding both of your suggestions. But first, here is an example of how my data looks: Var1date: Date patient departed from the clinic, example: 12 Nov 09 Var1time: Time patient departed from the clinic, example: 23:47 Var2date: Date patient arrived at the hospital, example: 13 Nov 09 Var2time: Time patient arrived at the hospital, example: 02:32 Stefan: In this example dataset, actual time difference is 2:32 + 13 min = 2:45, or 165 min. if I subtracted the dates, I would get a 1 day difference, and you suggested I multiple the 1 day difference by 24*60, which would already be over 165 min. Is there a way to calculate Martin: I got confused with the coding you offered, partly because I am stuck here after this (referenced below): clear /* inp byte patid Var1date Var2date /* patid Var1date Var2date 1. So, after entering those first two lines, I entered "str10(Var1time Var2time)" and I receive "'str10' cannot be read as a number". Also I am trying to exit the program and it won't allow me. Below I've pasted your suggested code. inp byte patid Var1date Var2date /* */ str10(Var1time Var2time) 1 16874 16871 "12-31" "13-43" 2 16885 16879 "01-11" "10-21" 3 16732 16730 "10-00" "10-00" end gen stringVar1=string(Var1date,"%dD_m_Y")+" "+ Var1time gen stringVar2=string(Var2date,"%dD_m_Y")+" "+ Var2time gen double minutediff= /* */ minutes(clock(stringVar1, "DM20Yhm")- /* */ clock(stringVar2, "DM20Yhm")) list, noo Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again, Amy ________________________________________ From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Martin Weiss [martin.weiss1@gmx.de] Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2010 4:31 AM To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject: AW: st: bottom to top or reverse cumulative distribution in table command? <> Stefan, how come your subject line suddenly changes to "st: bottom to top or reverse cumulative distribution in table command?" even though you are replying to Amy`s "Merging 2 variables to calculate time elapse (time/date)"? Is this a malfunction of the server? BTW, - replace Var1time_n = real(Var1time)- implies that "Var1time_n" has come into being somehow, maybe -generate-d somewhere "upstream". The -real()- function will accept only strings that can be readily converted to numeric vars, w/o any removal of dashes, colons etc. So we do need to know what Amy`s data look like to give further advice... *** di real("12-31") di real("1231") di real("12-31") *** HTH Martin -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht----- Von: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] Im Auftrag von Stefan.Gawrich@hlpug.hessen.de Gesendet: Donnerstag, 15. April 2010 12:26 An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Betreff: AW: st: bottom to top or reverse cumulative distribution in table command? Dear Amy, Stata date and time functions are somehow confusing at the start but very nice to work with later. If you have the dates in Stata format (number of days from 1,1, 1960) you don't have to care about the formats and just can calculate: Var2date - Var1date = date difference. You can multiply the date difference by 24*60 to change it into minutes. ********* Now to the time of day I can't guess what your time vars contain. You have a string format (str5) so you need to transfer the string vars into numeric vars first. Example: Replace Var1time_n = real(Var1time) I suppose the vars contain elapsed seconds or minutes from midnight. In this case things are rather easy: You calculate the difference Var2time - Var1time which might be positive or negative. Then convert this result into minutes if Var[1/2]time counts other time measures. Finally add the time difference to the date difference (both in minutes) and you have the total difference. This is one easy way, there are other functions available in the date and time section but one has to know the exact data specification to use them. Stefan Gawrich Dear Statalist users, I am very much a beginner in Stata, and I have Stata 11.0. I have read the “help dates” instructional from Stata, but am still confused. For my project in the Zambian hospital setting, I must calculate the elapsed time in minutes of 2 sets of variables, they are: Var1date: Date patient departed from the clinic Var1time: Time patient departed from the clinic Var2date: Date patient arrived at the hospital Var2time: Time patient arrived at the hospital The time variables have type “str5” and format “%5s.” The date variables have the type “long” and format “%dD_m_Y.” (I also do not quite understand the meaning of “str5,” “%5s,” and “long.”) I would like to calculate the time difference (in minutes) between the time the patient left the clinic to when the patient arrived at the hospital. How would I merge, for example, Var2date and Var2time into “Var2” from which I may subtract Var1 (Var2-Var1 = time transport takes). Thanks very much for your consideration, Amy Dear Statalist users, I am very much a beginner in Stata, and I have Stata 11.0. I have read the “help dates” instructional from Stata, but am still confused. For my project in the Zambian hospital setting, I must calculate the elapsed time in minutes of 2 sets of variables, they are: Var1date: Date patient departed from the clinic Var1time: Time patient departed from the clinic Var2date: Date patient arrived at the hospital Var2time: Time patient arrived at the hospital The time variables have type “str5” and format “%5s.” The date variables have the type “long” and format “%dD_m_Y.” (I also do not quite understand the meaning of “str5,” “%5s,” and “long.”) I would like to calculate the time difference (in minutes) between the time the patient left the clinic to when the patient arrived at the hospital. How would I merge, for example, Var2date and Var2time into “Var2” from which I may subtract Var1 (Var2-Var1 = time transport takes). Thanks very much for your consideration, Amy * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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