Dealing With Unusual Date Formats

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I’m sure that you have all been through this: You go to a Website (or a database, probably from a mainframe) to get some data. The problem is that the dates are formatted in some obscure way that Excel doesn’t understand. In this post, I’ll give you an idea of how to convert these dates into something that you can work with.

Yesterday I was working on a project that involves charting some economic data series. Frequently, charts of economic time series show shaded areas that indicate a period of recession (I’ve got a post that shows how to do that). So, I needed to know...

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