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The date information in our imported data looks a little strange, with a timestamp that's formatted as year-dayofyear, a duration, and a weird column named date that's formatted in a pretty simplistic way.

We can validate that the timestamp format won't cause problems by running a simple query, casting it to an ISO string:

select start_time_utc::timestamp from csvs.master_plan;

That will throw if the conversion won't work.

You can reconcile two fields of data by running a simple comparison. The trick, however, is to be sure they're the same type, and we can do that by casting (::) both to a date:

select start_time_utc from csvs.master_plan
where start_time_utc::date <> date::date;