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How do I make an array of elapsed times?

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Madison Lowe
Madison Lowe on 25 Apr 2018
Answered: Peter Perkins on 23 Jan 2019
I have array, stopdates, that I need the number of seconds elapsed from t1 for each date. This is what I have been working with:
format shortg
str = 'April 18, 1995 12:00:00';
t1 = datevec(str,'mmmm dd, yyyy HH:MM:SS');
str2 = stopdate(1,runs);
t2 = datevec(str2,'mmmm dd, yyyy HH:MM:SS');
nt = etime(t2,t1);
Madison Lowe
Madison Lowe on 25 Apr 2018
stopdate is a 1 by 33137 array of dates in a form like str.

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dpb on 25 Apr 2018
str = 'April 18, 1995 12:00:00';
t1 = datetime(str,'inputformat','MMM dd, yyyy HH:mm:ss');
stoptime=datetime(stopdate,'inputformat','MMM dd, yyyy HH:mm:ss');
Read up on datetime and duration

njj1 on 25 Apr 2018
Edited: njj1 on 25 Apr 2018
OK, so this sounds like it's inside a for loop, in which case you could try something like this:
for runs=number_of_runs:-1:1
%I run this backwards to ensure that my vector t is pre-allocated
t(runs) = datenum(stopdate(runs,:),'mmmm dd, yyyy HH:MM:SS');
%after this for loop, we have a vector t where each entry is a datenum
t = [0;cumsum(diff(t))];
Hope this helps.
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njj1 on 25 Apr 2018
Actually, you don't need to use the for loop if all the date strings in your vector stopdate are in the same format.
t = datenum(stopdate,'mmmm dd, yyyy HH:MM:SS');
t = [0;cumsum(diff(t))];

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Peter Perkins
Peter Perkins on 23 Jan 2019
Unless you are using a pretty old version of MATLAB (< R2014b), use datetimes:
>> t1 = datetime('April 18, 1995 12:00:00','InputFormat','MMMM dd, yyyy HH:mm:ss')
t1 =
18-Apr-1995 12:00:00
>> t2 = datetime({'April 20, 1995 22:26:45' 'April 24, 1995 15:25:42' 'April 27, 1995 19:01:23'},'InputFormat','MMMM dd, yyyy HH:mm:ss')
t2 =
1×3 datetime array
20-Apr-1995 22:26:45 24-Apr-1995 15:25:42 27-Apr-1995 19:01:23
>> t2 - t1
ans =
1×3 duration array
58:26:45 147:25:42 223:01:23
>> between(t1,t2)
ans =
1×3 calendarDuration array
2d 10h 26m 45s 6d 3h 25m 42s 9d 7h 1m 23s

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