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RE: st: date formatting

From   Nick Cox <[email protected]>
To   "'[email protected]'" <[email protected]>
Subject   RE: st: date formatting
Date   Tue, 12 Oct 2010 22:23:47 +0100

This looks like "snap" with mine, except for "DMY" versus "dmy", etc. I don't have the software but I did reach across to the shelves of manuals to establish that in Stata 9 it was lower case. 

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Phil Schumm

On Oct 12, 2010, at 3:55 PM, Rodrigo Briceño wrote:
> Dear Stata users. I'm using stata 9  and windows XP. I need to  
> format a date variable in order to be able to define a panel  
> dataset. My time variable (t) is in the format day/month/year, but  
> the tricky thing is that this format changes for a specific set of  
> observations. From 1-185705 the time variable is dd/mm/yy, but from  
> 185706-360288 the format is mm/dd/yy. I imported the data from excel  
> using insheet.
> Before knowing about the existence of the two different formats of  
> time in my variable I used: generate t2=date(t,"dmy"), but then a  
> lot of missing values appeared. What do you think it is plausible to  
> be used so I can get my new time variable (t2) that considers the  
> differences in formats already present in my stata dataset?

     gen t2 = cond(_n<=185705, date(t,"DMY"), date(t,"MDY"))

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