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st: string translation : date & time

From   Abhimanyu Arora <>
Subject   st: string translation : date & time
Date   Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:43:02 +0200

Dear statalist
I just got myself in a puzzling situation.
I had a variable string variable date taking up values
Jan-90...Jan-99...Jan-00...Jan-01...Jan-10 and so on for different
Making use of the time and date functions I typed the following commands

gen temp=monthly(date,"MY",2000) *2000 is the base year*

Subsequently, -format temp %tm - yields for the above months
respectively, 1990m1...1999m1...2000m1...1901m1...1910m1 and so on.

I an eager to know what could be the possible reason? And possible
rectifying steps (both in terms of the possible commands I used
initially and suppose given the output, into the desired form which is
needless to say is 2001m1, 2010m1 etc?

Best regards
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