How to read text file with float and string types into matrix

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Guy Cohen
Guy Cohen on 26 Aug 2020
Commented: Guy Cohen on 27 Aug 2020
I have a text file with different value types such as string and float. Is there any automatic function to read the file into matrix?
Text file for example:
26/08/2020 08:25:30 $GPS_ABC 100 E 200 M
26/08/2020 08:25:31 $GPS_ABC 101 E 210 M
26/08/2020 08:25:32 $GPS_ABC 102 E 220 M
The only solution i found is:
while ~feof(text_file)
file_data{i}=textscan(text_file,'%f %f %f %f %f %f %s %f %s %f %s',1,'delimiter',['/',':'],'headerlines',1);

Answers (1)

Serhii Tetora
Serhii Tetora on 26 Aug 2020
%% Import data from text file
% Script for importing data from the following text file:
% Auto-generated by MATLAB on 26-Aug-2020 14:12:55
%% Setup the Import Options and import the data
opts = delimitedTextImportOptions("NumVariables", 11);
% Specify range and delimiter
opts.DataLines = [1, Inf];
opts.Delimiter = [" ", "/", ":"];
% Specify column names and types
opts.VariableNames = ["VarName1", "VarName2", "VarName3", "VarName4", "VarName5", "VarName6", "VarName7", "VarName8", "VarName9", "VarName10", "VarName11"];
opts.VariableTypes = ["double", "double", "double", "double", "double", "double", "string", "double", "string", "double", "string"];
% Specify file level properties
opts.ExtraColumnsRule = "ignore";
opts.EmptyLineRule = "read";
opts.ConsecutiveDelimitersRule = "join";
% Specify variable properties
opts = setvaropts(opts, ["VarName7", "VarName9", "VarName11"], "WhitespaceRule", "preserve");
opts = setvaropts(opts, ["VarName7", "VarName9", "VarName11"], "EmptyFieldRule", "auto");
% Import the data
text = readtable("text.txt", opts);
%% Clear temporary variables
clear opts
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Guy Cohen
Guy Cohen on 27 Aug 2020
Thank you Serhii,
I'm looking for code that get the variables only by delimiter, that means without declaring its types before (e.g. %f, %s, "double", "string")
I don't know if such function exists but it will help a lot

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