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st: Translate Google Trends date system into Stata date system


From   Stephen Cranney <scranney@sas.upenn.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Translate Google Trends date system into Stata date system
Date   Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:27:02 -0400

Hi all,

I'm trying to get long series of dates I downloaded from Google Trends
to function in Stata. Unfortunately, Google Trends's way of doing
dates makes this difficult. An example value from a single
observation:
2004-01-04 - 2004-01-10

This represents the week of January 04, 2004 to January 10, 2010.
However, Stata is (understandably) reading this as a string variable.
Is there a way to take variables like this and break them into a
beginning date and ending date or something similar?

Thanks in advance,

Stephen

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Stephen Cranney

PhD Student
Graduate Group in Demography
University of Pennsylvania
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