Thanks in advance for all your help.

I need to import data from a CSV file that looks like :(it's just easier to read in excel)

(easier to read in excel)

I would like to convert the data into timestamps by creating a Table with 2 columns in Mathematica. The first column I would like to have a timestamp using AbsoluteTime that combines the year, month, day, hour, minute (for example: the first entry would be 2012-1-1 0:00 which then would be converted into absolutetime). The second column would have the DHI values.

I did this earlier for another data set that had two columns:

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by using this code:

precip = Table[{AbsoluteTime[row[[1]]], row[[2]]}, {row, precip}];

prod["timestamp"] = AbsoluteTime[{#, {"Day", "MonthNameShort", "Year", "Hour24", "Minute", "Second"}}] & /@ prod["time"]

The problem I am having is taking each time entry from a row and putting them in one entry in a mathematica table.

(Also, excel screws with dates such as 2012-1-3 and turns them into 1/3/2012, so beware of that)

Thanks again for everything. I'm still pretty new to Mathematica. Your help is much appreciated.

  • $\begingroup$ How are you trying to import your file? $\endgroup$ Feb 26, 2016 at 0:28
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    – Michael E2
    Feb 26, 2016 at 2:16
  • $\begingroup$ I am importing data using the import command, such as data = Import[ "***.csv"]; $\endgroup$
    – sanjayr
    Feb 26, 2016 at 15:22

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If dat contains your CSV import (with header row) and "Year" is your first column as in your screenshot then

{AbsoluteTime[#[[1 ;; 5]]], #[[6]]} & /@ Rest@dat

will convert the first 5 columns into a date absolute time and pair it with the "DHI" column entry.

Hope this helps.


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