# How to convert the integer date format into YYYYMMDD?

### Question

Python and Matlab quite often have integer date representations as follows:

733828.0 733829.0 733832.0 733833.0 733834.0 733835.0 733836.0 733839.0 733840.0 733841.0

these numbers correspond to some dates this year. Do you guys know which function can convert them back to YYYYMMDD format?

thanks a million!

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15
4/12/2010 3:28:28 PM

The `datetime.datetime` class can help you here. The following works, if those values are treated as integer days (you don't specify what they are).

``````>>> from datetime import datetime
>>> dt = datetime.fromordinal(733828)
>>> dt
datetime.datetime(2010, 2, 25, 0, 0)
>>> dt.strftime('%Y%m%d')
'20100225'
``````

You show the values as floats, and the above doesn't take floats. If you can give more detail about what the data is (and where it comes from) it will be possible to give a more complete answer.

17
4/12/2010 3:34:47 PM

Since Python example was already demonstrated, here is the matlab one:

``````>> datestr(733828, 'yyyymmdd')

ans =

20090224
``````

Also, note that while looking similar these are actually different things in Matlab and Python:

Matlab
A serial date number represents the whole and fractional number of days from a specific date and time, where `datenum('Jan-1-0000 00:00:00')` returns the number 1. (The year 0000 is merely a reference point and is not intended to be interpreted as a real year in time.)

Python, `datetime.date.fromordinal`
Return the date corresponding to the proleptic Gregorian ordinal, where January 1 of year 1 has ordinal 1.

So they would differ by 366 days, which is apparently the length of the year 0.