Re: [R] date format

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Wed 27 Apr 2005 - 23:22:49 EST

You haven't even begun to tell us how you are doing this. R does not itself convert dates to numbers, to wit:

> as.Date("16/12/03", "%d/%m/%y")

[1] "2003-12-16"

Here's one way:

x <- as.Date("16/12/03", "%d/%m/%y")
xx <- as.POSIXlt(x)
xx$year <- xx$year-100
as.Date(xx)

On Wed, 27 Apr 2005, alessandro carletti wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm trying to convert a vector containing dates in
> character format ("dd/mm/yy"): mdy.date (from date
> package) seems to be able to do that, but it returns
> to me a vector containing julian dates... but
> negative!
> for example:
>
> 16/12/03 is converted into -20470
>
> it is because R recognizes year ../03 as 1903, instead
> of 2003, but how can I do to solve this problem? (of
> course, I could add "36525" to each data, but it's not
> very elegant)

Not to say wrong.

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