5.2 Convert String to Date

20220108 The lubridate (Spinu, Grolemund, and Wickham 2021) package is the go to package for converting strings that represent a date into the date and time formats for computing with dates.

dt <- ymd("20220108")

Let’s have a look at the value:

dt
## [1] "2022-01-08"

Often we will want to do this in wrangling a dataset:

ds <- read_csv("summary.csv", show_col_types=FALSE)

ds %>%
  mutate(date=ymd(date)) %>%
  ...

References

Spinu, Vitalie, Garrett Grolemund, and Hadley Wickham. 2021. Lubridate: Make Dealing with Dates a Little Easier. https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=lubridate.


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