# [EpiData-list] Entering time and date for outbreaks

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Mon Feb 26 17:24:32 CST 2007

```Hi Christine,

I think I forgot to mention that for vhours to be a field it needs to be
fairly large as the number of hours since 1899 is a big number. Also it
needs to have two decimal places. I used a nine digit number plus two
decimals when I tried it.

Once you know you have it working you could calculate the difference
directly into the timediff field (which also needs two decimal places but
does not need to be nearly as large) without having to store it in vhours1
and vhours2 first, to save having meaningless numbers lying about.

Also, I didn't use the word "LET" - not sure if this makes any difference.
And the number will not calculate until all the fields in the formula are
filled, i.e. if you put the code in the time field but do not yet have
anything in the date field, it will not work. I put the full calculation in
all fields so that any time a field was updated the difference would update
also.

I will paste what I did below and hopefully it will clear anything else up
I've forgotten to mention! Let me know how you go.

Thanks,
Charity

Below is the text from the qes file I used to test my formulae.

vtime1 ##.##
vdate1 <dd/mm/yyyy>

vhours1 #########.##

vtime2 ##.##
vdate2 <dd/mm/yyyy>

vhours2 #########.##

timediff ####.##

And the code I used in my chk file (for the second time and date only, to
save space):

vtime2
MUSTENTER
AFTER ENTRY
IF (vtime2 < 0) OR (vtime2 > 23.59) OR (Frac(vtime2) > 0.59) THEN
HELP "Enter a valid time"
GOTO vtime2
ENDIF
vhours2=Int(vtime2) + (Frac(vtime2)/0.6) + (vdate2*24)
vhours1=Int(vtime1) + (Frac(vtime1)/0.6) + (vdate1*24)
timediff=vhours2-vhours1
END
END

vdate2
MUSTENTER
AFTER ENTRY
vhours2=Int(vtime2) + (Frac(vtime2)/0.6) + (vdate2*24)
vhours1=Int(vtime1) + (Frac(vtime1)/0.6) + (vdate1*24)
timediff=vhours2-vhours1
END
END

vhours2
NOENTER
END
Charity Jenkins
Data Processing Officer
Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer
The Cancer Council Victoria
http://www.cancervic.org.au/cbrc<https://webmail.accv.org.au/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.cancervic.org.au/cbrc>

On 2/27/07, epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca <epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca
> wrote:
>
> Hi Charity
>
> Thanks very much for your formula. Its sounds really good. I had a go
> at putting it in a check file. Following through your example below
> 'Diatime' is my 'vtime2' and 'diadate' is my vdate2. I thought I would
> start off slowly by seeing if I coudl calculate Vhours2. I created a new
> field called Vhours2 in my rec file and then I put the following code
> into the check file.
>
>
> DIATIME
> AFTER ENTRY
> END
> END
>
> Epi accepted the code but nothing appears in the vhours2 field when I
> enter information in the diadate and diatime fields. Can you see what I
> am doing wrong?
>
>
> thanks
>
> Christine Roseveare
> Analyst
> Regional Public Health
> 570 9194
> 027 495 9671
>
>
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