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[jira] [Created] (ARROW-3702) [R] POSIXct mapped to DateType not TimestampType?


Javier Luraschi created ARROW-3702:
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             Summary: [R] POSIXct mapped to DateType not TimestampType?
                 Key: ARROW-3702
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ARROW-3702
             Project: Apache Arrow
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: R
            Reporter: Javier Luraschi


Why was POSIXct mapped to [datatype|https://arrow.apache.org/docs/cpp/classarrow_1_1_date_type.html#a6aea1fcfd9f998e8fa50f5ae62dbd7e6] not [timestamp|https://arrow.apache.org/docs/cpp/classarrow_1_1_timestamp_type.html#a88e0ba47b82571b3fc3798b6c099499b]? What are the PRO/CONs from each approach?

This is mostly to interoperate with Spark which choose to map POSIXct to Timestamps since in Spark, not Arrow, dates do not have a time component. There is a way to make this work in Spark with POSIXct mapped to DateType by mapping DateType to timestamps, so mostly looking to understand tradeoffs.

One particular question, timestamps in arrow seem to support timezones, wouldn't it make more sense to map POSIXct to timestamps?



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