Date Functions

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A date in Analytica is represented as the number of days since Jan 1, 1904 (or 1900), as in Excel. You can enter or display a date in almost any format -- using US conventions or ROW (Rest Of World) using #Regional and Language settings. A time is expressed as a fraction of a day. You can set the display format for a number as a date in the Number format dialog. You can create a date or time with MakeDate() and MakeTime(), get the current date or time with Today(), select an element of a date with DatePart(), and add days, weeks, months, or years to a date with DateAdd(). See below for details.

Date formats

You can control whether and how a number is displayed as a date in the Number Format dialog, available from the Result menu:

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The Date format in the Number Format dialog offers these options:

Short -- e.g., 8/5/2006
Abbrev -- e.g., Aug-5-2006
Long -- e.g., Thursday, 05 August, 2006
Full -- e.g., "5-Aug-2006 3:50:21 PM"

The actual formats for the above dates depend on settings in the Regional and Language Options from the Windows Control Panel. See below for details.

Custom -- lets you select an existing custom format or make a new one. These are some examples
dd-MM-yy → 05-8-06
'Q'Q YYYY → Q2 2006
www, d MMM yyyy → Thu, 5 Aug 2006
wwww, d of MMMM, yyyy → Thursday, 5 of August, 2006
d-MMM-yyyy hh:mm:ss tt → 5 Aug 2006 05:45:00 PM

The Custom date format uses these letter codes (standard conventions from Microsoft Windows):

d: numerical day of the month -- 1, 2,... 31
dd: numeric day of the month with two digits -- 01, 02,...31
ddd: abbreviated ordinal day of month - 1st, 2nd, ..., 31st
dddd: ordinal day of month -- first, second, ..., thirty-first
Dddd: capitalized ordinal day of month -- First, Second, ... Thirty-first
www: weekday in three letters -- Mon, Tue,.. Sun
wwww: weekday in full -- as Monday, Tuesday, ... Sunday
M: month as a number -- 1, 2, ... 12
MM: month as two-digit number -- 01, 02, ...12
MMM: month as three letter name -- Jan, Feb, ... Dec
MMMM: month as full name -- January, February, ... December
q: quarter as one digit -- 1, 2, 3, 4
yy: year as two digits -- e.g., 99, 00, 01
yyyy: year as four digits -- e.g., 1999, 2000, 2001
Any other characters, including space, appear literally as given.
To show a character literally that is also a code, enclose it in quotes, e.g. 'q'q → q2

If you specify any date format for an input variable or Edit table, you can enter dates in any acceptable date format -- no matter which date format is specified. For example, a variable with a date format, interprets "9/11/2001" as "11 September, 2001" on a computer set to USA region or "9 November, 2001" elsewhere. With no date format, it interprets "9/11/2001"as ((9 divided by 11) divided by 2001) = 0.000409!

Regional and Language settings

The names of days and months and the formats used for Short, Abbrev and Long dates depend on the regional settings for Windows. So, a user in the US may see a short date as 9/11/2001, while a user in Denmark may see 11/9/2001. You can review the settings in Regional and Language Options from the Windows Control Panel. To modify them, click Customize button and select teh Date tab or Languages tab. For example, if you set the language to Spanish (Argentina), Makedate(2007, 2, 3) with the Long date setting displays as:

Sábado, 03 de Febrero de 2007.

Date values and the date origin

Analytica represents a date as a date value -- that is, the number of days since the date origin. By default the date origin is Jan 1, 1904 -- as used by most Macintosh applications, including Excel on Macintosh, and all releases of Analytica on Macintosh and Windows up to Analytica 3.1. If you check Use Excel date origin in the Preferences... dialog, the date origin is Jan 1, 1900 -- as used in Excel on Windows (unless reset) and most other Windows software.

With 'Use Excel date origin checked, the numeric value of dates are the same in Analytica and Excel for Windows for dates falling on or after 1 Mar 1900. Because of a bug in Excel, in which Excel incorrectly treats Feb 29, 1900 is a valid day (1900 was not really a leap year), dates falling before that date will not have the same numeric index in Analytica as they do in Excel.

The integer portion of the date value represents the number of days since the date origin. The fractional portion, if present, represents the time as a fraction of a 24-hour day starting at midnight. The time portion is utilized in release 4.1. Excel utilizes the time fraction in the same manner.

When using models containing dates or date functions from Analytica releases 3.1 or earlier, you should keep Use Excel date origin unchecked. If you want to paste or link values from Excel for Windows or other Windows software to or from Analytica, you should check this option.

Analytica can handle dates from 1 AD to well beyond 9999 AD. Dates earlier than the date origin are represented as negative integers. Dates use the Gregorian calendar: Years divisible by 4 are leap years, except those divisible by 100 which are not leap years, except those divisible by 400 which are leap years.

You can simply add an integer n to a date to get the date n days ahead.

MakeDate(year, month, day, valueForInvalid)

Gives the date value for the date with that «year», «month», and «day». If omitted, «month» and «day» default to 1.

new to Analytica 4.7 The optional «valueForInvalid» specifies a value to return when there is no date having the given «year», «month» and «day». When this parameter is omitted, the closest valid date is returned, is the same month requested when possible.

MakeDate(2007,5,15) → 15-May-2007
MakeDate(2000) → 1-Jan-2000
MakeDate(2015,2,29,valueForInvalid:null) → Null
MakeDate(2015,2,29) → 28-Feb-2015
«year», «month», and «date» should be positive integers, or coercible to positive numbers.
Special functions


Gives the time of day as an elapsed fraction of the day, i.e., a number between 0 and 0.99999. The allowed range on the parameters are: 0<=h<=23, 0<=m<=59 and 0<=s<=59, with the exception that h can exceed 23 when encoding a duration of more than a day, in which case the result will be greater than 1.

MakeTime(15,30,00) → 0.645833333   { 03:30:00 PM }

DatePart(date, part)

Gives the year, month, or day as a number, given a date value date. When part='Y', it gives the four digit year as a number, such as 2006. When part='M', it gives a number between 1 and 12. When part='D', it gives a number between 1 and 31. When part='w', it returns a number from between 1 (Sunday) and 7 (Saturday).

DatePart(MakeDate(2006, 2, 28), 'D') -> 28
date as a date number, and part as 'Y', 'M', or 'D' (upper- or lowercase, by 'M' must be upper).
DatePart(date: Numeric; part: Text)
Special functions
Less Common Options
part may also be: 'MMM' (returns e.g., 'Jan'), 'MMMM' (e.g., 'January'), 'ddd' (e.g., '1st'), 'dddd' (e.g., 'first'), 'Dddd' (e.g., 'First'), 'w' (e.g., 1 for Sunday, 2 for Monday, ..., 7 for Saturday), 'www' (e.g., 'Mon'), 'wwww' (e.g,. 'Monday'), 'q' (1 to 4, e.g., 1 for Jan-Mar).
Time components (requires 4.1)
'H' (hour 0 to 23), 'h' (hour 1 to 12), 'm' (minute 0 to 59}, 's' (second 0 to 59), 'HH', 'hh', 'mm', 'ss' (two digit text, e.g., "03"), ' H', ' h', ' m', ' s', 't', 'tt' ("AM" or "PM").
Elapsed days (requires 4.1)
'wd', 'wd+', 'wd-' (number of weekdays since the date origin. 'wd' and 'wd+' counts the indicated day, 'wd-' does not count the indicated day), '#d' (day number in current year), '#w' (week number in current year, week starts on Sunday), '#wm' (week number in current year, week starts on Monday), 'e#w' and 'e#wm' (European convention, week number in current year, week 1 is the first week with at least 3 days, with 'e#w' week starts on Sunday, with 'e#wm' week starts on Monday).
More Examples and Tips

This makes a sequence of weekdays landing between date1 and date2:

Index J:=date1..date2 do Subset( DatePart(J,"w")>=2 and DatePart(J,"w")<=6 )

This computes the number of weekdays between day1 and day2, including day1 and day2 (if day1 or day2 land are weekdays). When day2<day1 the result is negative. The example requires 4.1:

DatePart(day2,"wd+") - DatePart(day1,"wd-")

DateAdd(date, offset, unit)

Gives a date value that is offset from date by unit "Y" (years), "Q" (quarters) "M" (months) "D" (days), "WD" (weekdays, skipping over Saturdays and Sundays. It also works for time increments: "h" (hours), "m" (minutes) or "s" (seconds).


DateAdd is especially useful for generating a sequence of dates for a time index:

DateAdd(MakeDate(2006, 1, 1), 0..12, "M") 
-> [1-Jan-2006, 1-Feb-2006, 1-Mar-2006, ... 1-Jan-2007]

Note: the actual display format for the dates depends on what was set in Number format.

If an offset would appear to go past the end of a month, such as

DateAdd(MakeDate(2004, 2, 29), 1, 'Y')  -> 2005-Feb-28
DateAdd(MakeDate(2006, 10, 31), 1, 'M') -> 2006-Nov-30

it returns the last day of the month. In the first example, the date 2005-Feb-29 does not exist, and in the second example the date 2006-Nov-31 doesn't exist, so in each case, it returns the last day of the month.

Adding a day offset, DateAdd(date, n, "D"), is equivalent to date+n, since date is represented as an integer. DateAdd(date, n, "WD") adds the specified number of weekdays to the first weekday equal to or falling after date.

Use a negative offset to subtract units from a date.

date and offset to be numbers, and unit to be 'Y', 'Q', 'M', 'D', 'WD', 'h', 'm', or 's'. The unit is not case sensitive except for 'M' (months) and 'm' (minutes).
Syntax: DateAdd(date, offset
Number; unit: Text)
Special functions
More examples and tips
MakeDate(2007, 2, 10)                  --> Saturday, 2007-Feb-10
DateAdd(MakeDate(2007, 2, 10), 0,  "WD") --> Monday, 2007-Feb-12
DateAdd(MakeDate(2007, 2, 10), -1, "WD") --> Friday, 2007-Feb-9
DateAdd(MakeDate(2007, 2, 10),365, "D")  --> Sunday, 2008-Feb-10
MakeDate(2007, 2, 10) + 365              --> Sunday, 2008-Feb-10
DateAdd(MakeDate(2007, 2, 10), 365, "WD") --> Monday, 2008-July-7

This generates a series of dates with the 1st and 15th of each month:

var J := 0..24;
DateAdd(MakeDate(2006, 1, IF Mod(J, 2)=0 Then 1 Else 15), Floor(J/2), "M")
[2006-Jan-1, 2006-Jan-15, 2006-Feb-1, 2006-Feb-15, 2006-Mar-1, ..., 2007-Jan-1]


Returns the date number (number of days since base date, usually Jan 1, 1904, as in Excel) for the day on which the function is evaluated. Unlike other functions, it gives a different value every day the model is run.

Time(withTime, utc)

Today() accepts two optional flags: Setting WithTime to true returns the current time of day in the fractional part of the result, by default for your local time zone. If you set utc to true, it returns the date and time in Universal Time Coordinated (UTC), a.k.a. Greenwich Mean Time.

Note that the result is the date and time when the function is evaluated in this session. The result is cached in the value of a variable that uses Today(). It will not be updated when the date or time changes unless you trigger a re-evaluation -- e.g. by reloading the model or by changing another input to the variable that uses Today().

Special functions

Special functions

See also: Special Handling of Date Values


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