# RE: st: Importing date data

 From "Nuno Soares" To Subject RE: st: Importing date data Date Sun, 25 Jun 2006 13:09:07 +0100

```Thanks Maarten! I'll try your solution!

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[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Maarten buis
Sent: 25 June 2006 12:24
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: st: Importing date data

--- Nuno Soares <ns.mlists@gmail.com> wrote:
> I have a file that has a variable date using the format YYMMDD, and I
> haven't been able to import it as a date format to Stata. I've been
> using the -infix- command. I don't have any problem to import it as
> number but then I would loose the date information. For instance, I
> have one observation that has 000112, i.e., 2000/01/12 and Stata
> it as 112...

Nuno:
I would read the dates in as a string, that way you keep the leading zeros,
use the substr function to extract the year, month, and day to seperate
variables, and than use the mdy fundtion to convert that to a Stata date.
Since you represent year by two digits only you have to take care to prevent
a Y2K problem and decide below which value the year occured in this milenium
and above which it occured in the previous milenium. see the example below:

*--------------begin example.do-------------- infix using c:\temp\date.dct
desc list gen year = substr(date,1,2) gen month = substr(date,3,2) gen day =
substr(date,5,2) destring year month day, replace

/*dealing with a Y2K problem
I assume that that all values for year
more than 90 are from the previous milenium
and the that all values less than 90 are
from this milenium*/
replace year = year + 1900 if year >  90 replace year = year + 2000 if year
<= 90

gen time = mdy(month,day,year)
format time %d
list
*--------------end example.do--------------

*--------------begin date.dct-------------- infix dictionary {
str date 1-6
}
000112
981201
*-------------end date.dct-----------------

HTH,
Maarten

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