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Topic: small string issue
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Francisco Gutierrez

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small string issue
Posted: Oct 3, 2013 12:00 AM
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Dear group:

I am importing into Mathematica a big number of dates. For example:


unasfechas = {11/06/1998, 21/01/2010, 12/10/2001, 20/07/2009,
02/02/2002, 02/01/2004, 19/11/2001, 14/02/2010, 26/12/2009,
20/10/1996, 09/07/2006, 01/01/1997, 30/08/1998, 15/02/2006,
13/12/2009, 25/09/2002, 29/06/2009, 02/04/2010, 22/02/2001,
01/04/2010}


These dates come from Excel files, and are brought into Mathematica not as strings but as numbers. I want to transform them into strings to
be able to apply functions like DateList, etc.

In principle, this should be easy. This example, taken from the documentation, is simple and clear:
ToString[x^2, InputForm]



Which returns a workable string.

However:
ToString[unasfechas[[1]], InputForm]


returns
11/11988

also a string but after applying an operation to what it considers the denominator.

how should I proceed
Thanks
Francisco



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