Bookmark and Share

Notice: On March 31, it was announced that Statalist is moving from an email list to a forum. The old list will shut down at the end of May, and its replacement, statalist.org is already up and running.


[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

st: working with date values


From   "Data Analytics Corp." <walt@dataanalyticscorp.com>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: working with date values
Date   Wed, 11 Jul 2012 09:52:08 -0400

Hi statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu,

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"?

Thanks,

Walt

________________________

Walter R. Paczkowski, Ph.D.
Data Analytics Corp.
44 Hamilton Lane
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
________________________
(V) 609-936-8999
(F) 609-936-3733
walt@dataanalyticscorp.com
www.dataanalyticscorp.com
_____________________________________________________

*
*   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/


© Copyright 1996–2014 StataCorp LP   |   Terms of use   |   Privacy   |   Contact us   |   Site index