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st: working with date values

From   "Data Analytics Corp." <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: working with date values
Date   Wed, 11 Jul 2012 09:52:08 -0400


I'm confused on handling dates. I imported a dataset on steel shipments that has a variable called date. This is a string with the first date value as "01/01/1984" for Jan 1, 1984. Using describe, I see that date is str10 %10s. I then did

        gen date2 = date(date, "MDY")

and the first value for date2 is 8766.  Then I did

        format %tm date2

and I expected to see jan1984 after doing a list. But I got 2690m7. When I did

        format %td date2

I got 01jan1984. I want jan1984. How do I do this? What is the correct way to convert a string that's in the form "MM/DD/YYYY"?




Walter R. Paczkowski, Ph.D.
Data Analytics Corp.
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