Suppose I import a bunch of SAS dates into R. How well does that work?
Not very. First is the import itself. If you use read.csv, R will try to import the datetime field as factors, which creates a big ol mess. Let’s fix that first. When you use read.csv, remember to include this phrase:
in the read.csv function as a parameter. That will import the SAS datetime field as a string. OK, now lets do our conversion:
And you’re done. Problem solved.