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Re: st: Importing date data

From   Robert A Yaffee <>
Subject   Re: st: Importing date data
Date   Sun, 25 Jun 2006 08:13:15 -0400

 If you can read the variable in as a string, you could call it
the ymd variable. 

Then you could use the following code:
generate mdate=daily(ymd, "ymd")   

Then you could format the mdate function as follows:
format mdate %td.

This would convert it to a Stata date variable.
  - Robert

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----- Original Message -----
From: Nuno Soares <>
Date: Sunday, June 25, 2006 6:03 am
Subject: st: Importing date data

> Hi everyone,
> 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 
> usingthe -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 reads it as 
> 112...If anyone could give a idea of how to solve this issue, I 
> would be greatly
> appreciated.
> Best,
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