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RE: st: RE: changing observations under one variable


From   Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   "'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: RE: changing observations under one variable
Date   Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:29:22 +0100

Please read my reply as well as Tashi's and pay attention to the questions asked. You are not telling us enough about your data. Alternatively, try reading the help for -format- to see what Tashi meant. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Rudy Hover

Thank you for the reply tashi

what do you mean with try format %tdCCYYdd ?
How can I replace the observations as I meant?

On Apr 24, 2012, at 2:14 PM, tashi lama wrote:

> Try format %tdCCYYdd . 

From: n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
 
>> The word format means so many things! "29jan1999" is not a format in the sense of -format-. It might the result of setting a particular format?
>> 
>> Is -date- a string variable? Is it a numeric variable with a date format assigned.
>> 
>> Do you want another string variable? Do you want a numeric variable with a specified display -format-?
>> 
>> Nick
>> n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
>> 
>> Rudy Hover
>> 
>> I have one variable called 'date' with observations in the format '29jan1999' until '19dec2006', so the last working day of the month, the month and then the year. I want to change this to the format '199901' or '200612', so I don't need the day anymore, only the year and then the month. Could you help me how to replace?
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