I have a data frame that is has quarterly dates as a character in YYYYQQ format. I am struggling with how to convert the character string to a date format for graphing purposes (GGplot2). An example data frame is below along with some of my attempts to convert the character date to quarter, year, or numeric format. Nothing worked.
The data frame is much larger (15 years of data). I also attempted to filter the data to a smaller number of observations, and scale the X axis. I could not get that to work either.
Unfortunately, my experience with dates in R is very limited. I was hoping there is a simple method to convert the character string to a date format that can be graphed in GGplot2.
Thanks in advance.
data <- data.frame("value" = c(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), "date" = c("2000Q1", "2000Q2", "2000Q3", "2000Q4", "2001Q1", "2001Q2")) data %>% mutate(qtr = quarter(date, with_year = TRUE)) data <- data %>% mutate(yr = as.numeric(substring(date,1,4))) data %>% mutate(year = paste0(substring(date,1,4),"/0",quarter(date)))