Re: [Rd] base::as.Date inconsistency/bug

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 09 Nov 2010 10:00:42 +0000 (GMT)

Well, 2.11.0 is overdue for an update: see the posting guide.

You've confused the printed representation with the object. If there is an issue, it is in the formatting (and hence printing) of fractional dates before the epoch ("1970-01-01 00:00"). As the help page says

      It is intended that the date should be an integer, but this is not
      enforced in the internal representation.  Fractional days will be
      ignored when printing.

and you've fallen foul of ignoring that warning. I think it does actually work as documented, but it might confuse non-readers-of-help-pages less if it always rounded to the previous midnight, and R-patched now does that.

For your obsolete version of R, simply heed the warning and do not use fractional days.

On Mon, 8 Nov 2010, Andreas Eckner wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> I would like point out a potential bug (or at least inconsistency) in the
> way the R base package converts numeric numbers to dates. Specifically,
> consider the following two calls:
>
>> as.Date(0.5, origin="1969-12-31")
> [1] "1970-01-01"
>> as.Date(0.5, origin="1970-01-01")
> [1] "1970-01-01"
>
> As you can see, both calls produce the same output on the screen. Curiously,
> the output is NOT the same for other consecutive origins:
>
>> as.Date(0.5, origin="2009-12-31")
> [1] "2009-12-31"
>> as.Date(0.5, origin="2010-01-01")
> [1] "2010-01-01"
>
> Best regards,
> Andreas Eckner
>
>
> ----------------------
>> sessionInfo()
> R version 2.11.0 (2010-04-22)
> i386-pc-mingw32
>
> locale:
> [1] LC_COLLATE=English_United States.1252 LC_CTYPE=English_United
> States.1252
> [3] LC_MONETARY=English_United States.1252 LC_NUMERIC=C
>
> [5] LC_TIME=English_United States.1252
>
> attached base packages:
> [1] stats graphics grDevices utils datasets methods base
>
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