20220523 The lubridate (Spinu, Grolemund, and Wickham 2021) package is the go to package for converting strings that represent a date into the date and time formats for computing with dates. A number of support functions are provided to perform the conversions quickly, including lubridate::ymd()
Let’s have a look at the value:
##  "2022-01-08"
Often we will want to do this in wrangling a dataset as part of a dplyr::mutate() operation:
"summary.csv" %>% read_csv(show_col_types=FALSE) %>% mutate(date=ymd(date)) %>% ...
The generic operation to convert a string to a date, where the string
might be in the format
20220204_121556 (that is year, month, day,
then hour, minute seconds) is lubridate::parse_date_time():
%>% ds mutate(timestamp=parse_date_time(timestamp, "Ymd_HMS", tz="Australia/Canberra"))
Notice we’ve also included a time zone for the supplied timestamp with
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