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Re: st: Stata date

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: Stata date
Date   Tue, 9 Apr 2013 17:33:59 +0100

The first sentence shows a fundamental misconception.

A display format assigned to a variable has nothing to do with how
data are stored; it merely indicates how data are to be displayed.

That said, Ray's question underlines that -summarize- ignores display
format for daily dates.


. codebook buydt

should do what Ray wants. Also, check out -summdate- (SSC).


On 9 April 2013 17:22, Ray Hawkins <> wrote:

> My date is stored in %td format, e.g.,
> mydate
> 19aug2005
> When I summarize mydate:
> sum mydate
> it produces results like the following.
>     Variable |       Obs        Mean    Std. Dev.       Min        Max
> -------------+--------------------------------------------------------
>        buydt |   9261737    16785.61    9.022221      16771      16801
> Can I display the summary results in a specific format such as %td? This is
> because the data is too big and sorting takes long time to see the min and
> max dates. Or, is there a table that matches numbers to actual dates? The
> help file says that:
> %td dates 01jan0100 to 31dec9999 (integers -679,350 to 2,936,549)
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