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RE: st: working with date values

From   Nick Cox <[email protected]>
To   "'[email protected]'" <[email protected]>
Subject   RE: st: working with date values
Date   Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:35:36 +0100

Just to point out that this is definitely _not_ the answer. See my earlier post if needed.

[email protected] 

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of tashi lama
Sent: 11 July 2012 15:23
To: [email protected]
Subject: RE: st: working with date values

You could change the display format of date 


format date %tdmonCCYY


see date display format 


Hope it helps, 




> Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 09:52:08 -0400
> From: [email protected]
> To: [email protected]
> Subject: st: working with date values
> Hi [email protected],
> I'm confused on handling dates. I imported a dataset on steel shipments 
> that has a variable called date. This is a string with the first date 
> value as "01/01/1984" for Jan 1, 1984. Using describe, I see that date 
> is str10 %10s. I then did
> gen date2 = date(date, "MDY")
> and the first value for date2 is 8766. Then I did
> format %tm date2
> and I expected to see jan1984 after doing a list. But I got 2690m7. 
> When I did
> format %td date2
> I got 01jan1984. I want jan1984. How do I do this? What is the 
> correct way to convert a string that's in the form "MM/DD/YYYY"?

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