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st: converting dates

From   David Kantor <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   st: converting dates
Date   Tue, 19 Jul 2005 14:44:54 -0400


I have a set of dates as str8, with values such as "19960718". I want to convert these to elapsed date values, but the date function doesn't seem to work; date("19960718", "ymd") yields missing.

Is there something I'm not aware of to make this work? -- some alternation of the pattern ("ymd")?
I note that date("1996/07/18", "ymd") works fine, but that's not the form my data are in. I also know how to split the strings and work on the components. But is there a simple one-step way to do it?

-- David

David Kantor
Institute for Policy Studies
Johns Hopkins University
[email protected]

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