mdy.date {birdring}R Documentation

Convert to Julian Dates - this is a copy of the function mdy.date from the package date

Description

Given a month, day, and year, returns the number of days since January 1, 1960.

Usage

mdy.date(month, day, year, nineteen = TRUE, fillday = FALSE, fillmonth = FALSE)

Arguments

month

vector of months.

day

vector of days.

year

vector of years.

nineteen

if TRUE, year values between 0 and 99 are assumed to be in the 20th century A.D.; otherwise, if FALSE, they are assumed to be in the 1st century A.D.

fillday

if TRUE, then missing days are replaced with 15.

fillmonth

if TRUE, then a missing month causes the month and day to be set to 7/1.

Details

The date functions are particularly useful in computing time spans, such as number of days on test, and similar functions can be found in other statistical packages. The baseline date of Jan 1, 1960 is, of course, completely arbitrary (it is the same one used by SAS).

The fillday and fillmonth options are perhaps useful only to the author and a very few others: we sometimes deal with patients whose birth date was in the 1800's, and only the month or even only the year is known. When the interval is greater than 80 years, a filler seems defensible.

Value

a vector of Julian dates.

References

Press, W. H., Teukolsky, S. A., Vetterling, W. T., and Flannery, B. P. (1992). Numerical Recipes: The Art of Scientific Computing (Second Edition). Cambridge University Press.

Terry Therneau and Thomas Lumley and Kjetil Halvorsen and Kurt Hornik (2012). date: Functions for handling dates. R package version 1.2-33.

See Also

see documentation and other functions in the package date

Examples

mdy.date(3, 10, 53)

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