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st: RE: dates

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   st: RE: dates
Date   Thu, 6 Oct 2011 16:23:35 +0100

You don't say what "without success" means precisely. 

"200801" does not match either date pattern. If there is no information on day of month, Stata can only return missing for a daily date. 

-date("200801" + "15", "YMD")- seems to be the most common fudge. I would always tag such guessed dates with an indicator variable. 


Michael Eisenberg

I have a list of visit dates for patients.  Unfortunately, the format
is not constant.

Most are listed with the year, month, day such as 20080105 for Jan 5,
2008 but some are listed only with the year and month 200801 for Jan

I attempted to convert them into stata dates with the commands below
without success.

gen ndate = date(dx_date, "YMD")
gen ndate = date(dx_date, "CCYYNNDD")

Can stata handle such inconsistent data?

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