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# datevec

Convert date and time to vector of components

The `datevec` function creates a numeric array whose values represent the date and time components of years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds. However, the best way to represent points in time is by using the `datetime` data type. The best way to represent elapsed time is by using the `duration` or `calendarDuration` data types.

## Syntax

• ``DateVector = datevec(t)``
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• ``DateVector = datevec(DateNumber)``
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• ``DateVector = datevec(DateString)``
• ``DateVector = datevec(DateString,formatIn)``
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• ``DateVector = datevec(DateString,PivotYear)``
• ``DateVector = datevec(DateString,formatIn,PivotYear)``
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• ``[Y,M,D,H,MN,S] = datevec(___)``
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## Description

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````DateVector = datevec(t)` converts the datetime values in `datetime` array `t` to date vectors. `datevec` returns an `m`-by-6 matrix where each row corresponds to a datetime value in `t`.```

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````DateVector = datevec(DateNumber)` converts one or more date numbers to date vectors. `datevec` returns an `m`-by-6 matrix containing `m` date vectors, where `m` is the total number of date numbers in `DateNumber`.```
````DateVector = datevec(DateString)` converts text representing dates and times to date vectors. If the format used in the text is known, specify the format as `formatIn`. Syntaxes without `formatIn` are significantly slower than those that include it.```

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````DateVector = datevec(DateString,formatIn)` uses `formatIn` to interpret the dates and times represented by `DateString`.```
````DateVector = datevec(DateString,PivotYear)` uses `PivotYear` to interpret text that specifies the year as two characters. If the format used in the text is known, specify the format as `formatIn`. Syntaxes without `formatIn` are significantly slower than those that include it.```

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````DateVector = datevec(DateString,formatIn,PivotYear)` uses `formatIn` to interpret the dates and times represented by `DateString`, and `PivotYear` to interpret text that specifies the year as two characters. You can specify `formatIn` and `PivotYear` in either order.```

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````[Y,M,D,H,MN,S] = datevec(___)` returns the components of the date vector as individual variables `Y`, `M`, `D`, `H`, `MN`, and `S` (year, month, day, hour, minutes and seconds). `datevec` returns milliseconds as a fractional part of the seconds (`S`) output.```

## Examples

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```format short g t = [datetime('now');datetime('tomorrow')] DateVector = datevec(t) ```
```t = 2×1 datetime array 30-Aug-2016 14:27:19 31-Aug-2016 00:00:00 DateVector = 2016 8 30 14 27 19.564 2016 8 31 0 0 0 ```
```format short g n = 733779.651; datevec(n) ```
```ans = 2009 1 6 15 37 26.4 ```
```DateString = '28.03.2005'; formatIn = 'dd.mm.yyyy'; datevec(DateString,formatIn) ```
```ans = 2005 3 28 0 0 0 ```

`datevec` returns a date vector for text representing a date with the format `'dd.mm.yyyy'`.

Pass multiple dates as character vectors in a cell array. All input dates must use the same format.

```DateString = {'09/16/2007';'05/14/1996';'11/29/2010'}; formatIn = 'mm/dd/yyyy'; datevec(DateString,formatIn) ```
```ans = 2007 9 16 0 0 0 1996 5 14 0 0 0 2010 11 29 0 0 0 ```
```datevec('11:21:02.647','HH:MM:SS.FFF') ```
```ans = 1.0e+03 * 2.0160 0.0010 0.0010 0.0110 0.0210 0.0026 ```

In the output date vector, milliseconds are a fractional part of the seconds field. The text `'11:21:02.647'` does not contain enough information to convert to a full date vector. The days default to 1, months default to January, and years default to the current year.

Convert text representing a date to a date vector using the default pivot year.

```DateString = '12-jun-17'; formatIn = 'dd-mmm-yy'; DateVector = datevec(DateString,formatIn) ```
```DateVector = 2017 6 12 0 0 0 ```

Convert the same date to a date vector using 1800 as the pivot year.

```DateVector = datevec(DateString,formatIn,1800) ```
```DateVector = 1817 6 12 0 0 0 ```

Convert text representing a date to a date vector and return the components of the date vector.

```[y, m, d, h, mn, s] = datevec('01.02.12','dd.mm.yy') ```
```y = 2012 m = 2 d = 1 h = 0 mn = 0 s = 0 ```

## Input Arguments

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`datetime` values, specified as a scalar, vector, matrix, or multidimensional `datetime` array.

Serial date number, specified as a scalar, vector, or multidimensional array of positive double-precision numbers.

Example: `731878`

Data Types: `double`

Text representing dates and times, specified as a character array where each row contains text representing one point in time, or as a one dimensional cell array of character vectors. All rows of a character array, or all elements of a cell array, must have the same format.

Example: `'24–Oct-2003 12:45:07'`

Example: `['19-Sep-2013';'20-Sep-2013';'21-Sep-2013']`

Example: `{'15-Oct-2010' '20-Nov-2012'}`

If the format used in the text is known, you should also specify `formatIn`. If you do not specify `formatIn`, `DateString` must be in one of the following formats.

Format of Text Representing Dates and Times

Example

`'dd-mmm-yyyy HH:MM:SS'`

`01-Mar-2000 15:45:17`

`'dd-mmm-yyyy'`

`01-Mar-2000`

`'mm/dd/yyyy'`

`03/01/2000`

`'mm/dd/yy'`

`03/01/00 `

`'mm/dd'`

`03/01`

`'mmm.dd,yyyy HH:MM:SS'`

`Mar.01,2000 15:45:17`

`'mmm.dd,yyyy'`

`Mar.01,2000`

`'yyyy-mm-dd HH:MM:SS'`

`2000-03-01 15:45:17`

`'yyyy-mm-dd'`

`2000-03-01`

`'yyyy/mm/dd'`

`2000/03/01`

`'HH:MM:SS'`

`15:45:17`

`'HH:MM:SS PM'`

`3:45:17 PM`

`'HH:MM'`

`15:45`

`'HH:MM PM'`

`3:45 PM`

 Note:   The symbolic identifiers describing date and time formats are different from those that describe the display formats of `datetime` arrays.

Certain formats might not contain enough information to convert text representations of dates and times. In those cases, hours, minutes, and seconds default to 0, days default to 1, months default to January, and years default to the current year. `datevec` and `datenum` consider two-character years (e.g., `'79'`) to fall within the 100-year range centered around the current year.

When you do not specify `formatIn`, note the following:

• For the formats that specify the month as two digits (`mm`), the month value must not be greater than 12.

• However, for the format `'mm/dd/yy'`, if the first entry in the text is greater than 12 and the second entry is less than or equal to 12, then `datevec` considers the text to be in `'yy/mm/dd'` format.

Format of the input text representing dates and times, specified as a character vector of symbolic identifiers.

The following table shows symbolic identifiers you can use to construct the `formatIn` character vector. You can include characters such as a hyphen, space, or colon to separate the fields.

 Note:   The symbolic identifiers describing date and time formats are different from those that describe the display formats of `datetime` arrays.

Symbolic Identifier

Description

Example

`yyyy`

Year in full

`1990`, `2002`

`yy`

Year in two digits

`90`, `02`

`QQ`

Quarter year using letter `Q` and one digit

`Q1`

`mmmm`

Month using full name

`March`, `December`

`mmm`

Month using first three letters

`Mar`, `Dec`

`mm`

Month in two digits

`03`, `12`

`m`

Month using capitalized first letter

`M`, `D`

`dddd`

Day using full name

`Monday`, `Tuesday`

`ddd`

Day using first three letters

`Mon`, `Tue`

`dd`

Day in two digits

`05`, `20`

`d`

Day using capitalized first letter

`M`, `T`

`HH`

Hour in two digits
(no leading zeros when symbolic identifier `AM` or `PM` is used)

`05`, `5` `AM`

`MM`

Minute in two digits

`12`, `02`

`SS`

Second in two digits

`07`, `59`

`FFF`

Millisecond in three digits

`057`

`AM or PM`

`AM` or `PM` inserted in text representing time

`3:45:02` `PM`

The `formatIn` value must follow these guidelines:

• You cannot specify any field more than once. For example, you cannot use `'yy-mmm-dd-m'` because it has two month identifiers. The one exception to this is that you can combine one instance of `dd` with one instance of any of the other day identifiers. For example, `'dddd mmm dd yyyy'` is a valid input.

• When you use `AM` or `PM`, the `HH` field is also required.

• `datevec` does not accept formats that include `'QQ'`

Start year of the 100-year date range in which a two-character year resides, specified as an integer. Use a pivot year to interpret dates that specify the year as two characters.

If `formatIn` contains the time of day, the pivot year is computed from the current time of the current day, month, and year. Otherwise it is computed from midnight of the current day, month, and year.

Example: `2000`

 Note:   If the input date format specifies a four-character year, then the last two characters are truncated, and the first two characters specify the year. For example, if the date and pivot year are specified as `('25122015','ddmmyyyy',2000)`, then the resulting date is `25-12-2020`, not `25-12-2015`.

Data Types: `double`

## Output Arguments

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Date vectors, returned as an `m`-by-6 matrix, where each row corresponds to one date vector, and `m` is the total number of input date numbers or character vectors representing dates and times.

Components of the date vector (year, month, day, hour, minute, and second), returned as individual scalar variables. Each variable is a scalar or a vector. Milliseconds are a fractional part of the seconds output. When converting a `datetime` array `t`, these components are equal to the values of the `Year`, `Month`, `Day`, `Hour`, `Minute`, and `Second` properties. For example, ```Y = t.Year```.

## Limitations

• When computing date vectors, `datevec` sets month values less than 1 to 1. Day values, `D`, less than 1 are set to the last day of the previous month minus |`D`|. However, if 0 ≤ `DateNumber` < 1, then `datevec(DateNumber)` returns a date vector of the form `[0 0 0 H MN S]`, where `H`, `MN`, and `S` are hours, minutes, and seconds, respectively.

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### Tall Array Support

This function fully supports tall arrays. For more information, see Tall Arrays.

### Tips

• The vectorized calling syntax can offer significant performance improvement for large arrays.

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