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How do I determine if a n attribute is a date or date/time type

JMyersJMyers Member Posts: 3 Learner I

I have a process that accepts variable inputs. Field types are unknown at design time. I need to figure out how to test if an attribute is any kind of date type so that I can change them text.

I tried the Date To Nominal operator, but unlike the nominal to polynomial operator it doesn't have an option for all date type fields. 

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    rjones13rjones13 Member Posts: 191 Unicorn
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    Hi @JMyers,

    Would the following example process provide what you need? It loops over all date_time attributes and converts to nominal.



    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><process version="10.4.001">
    <operator activated="true" class="process" compatibility="10.4.001" expanded="true" name="Process">
    <parameter key="logverbosity" value="init"/>
    <parameter key="random_seed" value="2001"/>
    <parameter key="send_mail" value="never"/>
    <parameter key="notification_email" value=""/>
    <parameter key="process_duration_for_mail" value="30"/>
    <parameter key="encoding" value="UTF-8"/>
    <process expanded="true">
    <operator activated="true" class="retrieve" compatibility="10.4.001" expanded="true" height="68" name="Retrieve LendingClub Loan Data 2007-2011 (27MB)" width="90" x="112" y="34">
    <parameter key="repository_entry" value="//Community Samples/Community Data Sets/Finance and Business/LendingClub Loan Data/LendingClub Loan Data 2007-2011 (27MB)"/>
    <operator activated="true" class="concurrency:loop_attributes" compatibility="10.4.001" expanded="true" height="82" name="Loop date_time" width="90" x="246" y="34">
    <parameter key="attribute_filter_type" value="value_type"/>
    <parameter key="attribute" value=""/>
    <parameter key="attributes" value=""/>
    <parameter key="use_except_expression" value="false"/>
    <parameter key="value_type" value="date_time"/>
    <parameter key="use_value_type_exception" value="false"/>
    <parameter key="except_value_type" value="time"/>
    <parameter key="block_type" value="attribute_block"/>
    <parameter key="use_block_type_exception" value="false"/>
    <parameter key="except_block_type" value="value_matrix_row_start"/>
    <parameter key="invert_selection" value="false"/>
    <parameter key="include_special_attributes" value="false"/>
    <parameter key="attribute_name_macro" value="loop_attribute"/>
    <parameter key="reuse_results" value="true"/>
    <parameter key="enable_parallel_execution" value="true"/>
    <process expanded="true">
    <operator activated="true" class="date_to_nominal" compatibility="10.4.001" expanded="true" height="82" name="Date to Nominal" width="90" x="45" y="34">
    <parameter key="attribute_name" value="%{loop_attribute}"/>
    <parameter key="date_format" value="yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss"/>
    <parameter key="time_zone" value="SYSTEM"/>
    <parameter key="locale" value="English (United States)"/>
    <parameter key="keep_old_attribute" value="false"/>
    <connect from_port="input 1" to_op="Date to Nominal" to_port="example set input"/>
    <connect from_op="Date to Nominal" from_port="example set output" to_port="output 1"/>
    <portSpacing port="source_input 1" spacing="0"/>
    <portSpacing port="source_input 2" spacing="0"/>
    <portSpacing port="sink_output 1" spacing="0"/>
    <portSpacing port="sink_output 2" spacing="0"/>
    <connect from_op="Retrieve LendingClub Loan Data 2007-2011 (27MB)" from_port="output" to_op="Loop date_time" to_port="input 1"/>
    <connect from_op="Loop date_time" from_port="output 1" to_port="result 1"/>
    <portSpacing port="source_input 1" spacing="0"/>
    <portSpacing port="sink_result 1" spacing="0"/>
    <portSpacing port="sink_result 2" spacing="0"/>


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    rjones13rjones13 Member Posts: 191 Unicorn
    Hi @JMyers,

    Just so I can propose the right solution here, I just want to confirm: you'd like to take all date and date_time columns and convert to nominal?


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    JMyersJMyers Member Posts: 3 Learner I

    Correct. The basic process is to audit 2 different inputs against each other by doing a field by field comparison. The first steps are to convert all numeric data to nominal and then all nominal data to text. 

    The process started failing when I passed in query results that had dates even though the stats show they are nominal fields. 

    I have an initial solution using the HandleException operator, but would love to hear more ideas. Testing if something is a date and then handeling it one way or another is something I often need to do. 

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    JMyersJMyers Member Posts: 3 Learner I
    Thanks. This seems to work.
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