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Re: st: ST: simple date question

From   "Joseph Coveney" <[email protected]>
To   "Statalist" <[email protected]>
Subject   Re: st: ST: simple date question
Date   Tue, 15 Jan 2008 11:05:01 +0900

Eric Uslaner wrote:

I've been trying to convert seven numbers to dates (without having done this
before).  I've read the help, the manual, and several tutorials and I can't
get past the obscure language so that I can create a variable that I can use
on the LHS of a graph hbar command.

I have created new variables for month and year (and even a fake one for
day).  All I want is a date variable that will be sorted in this order:

October 2003


The do-file below will get you the dates.  See the FAQ at for axis labeling.

Joseph Coveney

clear *
set more off
set obs 7
generate str month = "October" if mod(_n, 2)
replace month = "April" if missing(month)
generate int year = month == "April"
replace year = sum(year)
replace year = year + 2000
generate int date = date(string(year) + " " + month + " 01", "YMD")
format date %tdm-CY
list, clean
generate byte x = _n
graph hbar (asis) date, over(x)

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