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Is it possible to convert a duration array to something else like a number or string?

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When finding the difference between two datetime scalars the result is a duration array. And i need it to be a double or a string.

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Steven Lord
Steven Lord on 19 Dec 2016
Edited: Steven Lord on 13 Jan 2019
If you convert the duration to a double, what should it represent? The number of years, days, hours, minutes, seconds, or milliseconds that duration represents? See the functions that have those names on the documentation page to which I linked.
[Edited to update broken link.]
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Bob Hay
Bob Hay on 13 Jan 2019
where is the link you refer to "See the functions that have those names on the documentation page to which I linked." the link retuns page not found I need the answer, how to convert duration back to datenum double. assume I'm using a 1x1 duration
Steven Lord
Steven Lord on 13 Jan 2019
The link broke. I updated it to point to the page listing the functions you can use to create or manipulate a datetime or duration array. See the links to the years, days, hours, minutes, seconds, and milliseconds documentation pages on that page.

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 19 Dec 2016
You can apply char() to a duration object. You can set the Format property of the duration object before using char()

Mohammad Kifayath Chowdhury
This could be useful,
Tx=datetime(T1)-datetime(T2);
Tx=hours(Tx); This will give the hours value as double.

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