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7.7.8.1 How times & dates are defined and represented

Times and dates are handled by pspp as single numbers. A time is an interval. pspp measures times in seconds. Thus, the following intervals correspond with the numeric values given:

               10 minutes                        600
               1 hour                          3,600
               1 day, 3 hours, 10 seconds     97,210
               40 days                     3,456,000

A date, on the other hand, is a particular instant in the past or the future. pspp represents a date as a number of seconds since midnight preceding 14 Oct 1582. Because midnight preceding the dates given below correspond with the numeric pspp dates given:

                   15 Oct 1582                86,400
                    4 Jul 1776         6,113,318,400
                    1 Jan 1900        10,010,390,400
                    1 Oct 1978        12,495,427,200
                   24 Aug 1995        13,028,601,600