How to group date by day

Hi all,

I have a relatively large database (600k+ rows) with transaction data for a (fictitious) online bookstore. For the purpose of this question I’m only concerned with 2 columns: 1. Date and 2. Price

I have already converted the Date column from string-to-datetime. The datetime stamp is formatted yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSSSSS for all the transactions over a 2 year period (hence the 600k+ rows…).

I now want to group these transactions per day (basically ignoring the time stamp) and sum the Prices for each day.

When I only use the groupby node I can’t specify that I want it to be per day (or month, or year).

Which node(s) should I use to be able to solve this?

Thanks in advance!

Hi CaJa,

use the Extract Date&Time Fields node to extract specific parts of the date columns:

Then you can use these in the GroupBy node. Note that you can have more than one field for grouping (e.g. a combination of year+month+day, etc.)

Does this help?


That helped yes, but…

The next step is to create a line plot of this data, i.e. a time series plot. How do I then tell the line plot to use all 3 (day, month, year) on the x-axis?

Is there a way to create a DateTime out of the 3 individual columns?

hi @CaJa

you might just extract the date out of date&time.
Therefore, just place another String to Date&Time, choose your Date&Time column and force “Date” as New Type.
It’ll extract the date.

Hope that helps, Tommy

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@tommy 's solution. Beside this there is modify time node to remove the time from a date.


Thanks, I think this would have worked if there hadn’t been times with format yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSSSSS as well as times with format yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS

No matter how I configured it, using [___], it always excluded some of the dates.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to answer!

Thanks, this worked!

I got the time series graph I was looking for.

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@CaJa Great work, then please mark the helpful post as solution for others to reference later.
Best regards and take care

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