Importing txt files and using loops

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Pouyan Msgn
Pouyan Msgn on 11 Mar 2020
Answered: BobH on 11 Mar 2020
I have three txt files and I want to use their nummerical data in Matlab
How can I ignore and neglect non-numeric texts? I want Matlab to import just numbers, there two columns of numbers in each file and I want just those numbers
I have more than one file. Here I have three files. Is it possible to use for loop to import these files and buy time?

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Mario Malic
Mario Malic on 11 Mar 2020
Edited: Mario Malic on 11 Mar 2020
%% Reading the file
FID_F_1 = fopen(filename , 'r');
i = 1;
tline = fgetl(FID_F_1);
A{i} = tline;
while ischar(tline)
i = i+1;
tline = fgetl(FID_F_1);
A{i} = tline;
Now all text is saved in variable A.
for ii = line where data starts : line where data ends
X_Temp = str2num(A{ii}); %converts the string line into array
X = X_Temp(1,1); %
Y = X_Temp(1,2); % Getting the values

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Subhamoy Saha
Subhamoy Saha on 11 Mar 2020
Edited: Subhamoy Saha on 11 Mar 2020
Here I have tested with your J94.txt file
filename = 'C:\Users\Desktop\J94.txt'; %% change filepath accordingly
delimiter = ' ';
startRow = 33;
formatSpec = '%f%f%*s%*s%[^\n\r]';
fileID = fopen(filename,'r');
textscan(fileID, '%[^\n\r]', startRow-1, 'WhiteSpace', '', 'ReturnOnError', false, 'EndOfLine', '\r\n');
dataArray = textscan(fileID, formatSpec, 'Delimiter', delimiter, 'MultipleDelimsAsOne', true, 'TextType', 'string', 'EmptyValue', NaN, 'ReturnOnError', false);
Col1 = dataArray{:, 1};
Col2 = dataArray{:, 2};
clearvars filename delimiter startRow formatSpec fileID dataArray ans;
You can use multiple files using loop if those file names are in some order. Otherwise use uigetfile().

BobH on 11 Mar 2020
Similar to Mario Malic but using regular expressions
R = []; % init to empty
fid = fopen('J94.txt','r');
t = fgetl(fid);
while( ischar(t) )
reNum = '([0-9.E\+]+)';
m = regexp(t, ['^\s*' reNum '\s+' reNum], 'tokens','once');
if( length(m) == 2 ) % found two matches in the line
R(end+1,:) = cellfun(@str2num, m);
t = fgetl(fid);


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