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Get number after colon

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Dion Theunissen
Dion Theunissen on 28 Jul 2021
Commented: Peter Perkins on 29 Jul 2021
I have a text with numbers column in a table. Now i want to only select the numbers after a colon (:)
I have no idea where to start, kan anyone help me? The table looks like this:
Now i want to check column 1 and read only the numbers behind a :
So row 1 I need 34.94, skip untill row 5, get 34.94 and so on.
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Cris LaPierre
Cris LaPierre on 28 Jul 2021
Please share the code you use to import this data into MATLAB.

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DGM
DGM on 29 Jul 2021
Edited: DGM on 29 Jul 2021
I don't know that I'd bother trying to directly operate on the table. Maybe there are tools that make that easier, but I never use tables. If the relevant column is extracted as a cell vector of chars or as a column vector of strings, then regexp() can be used:
extracted = {'blah blah blah (blah): 23.345 blah blah blah';
'blah blah blah (blah):23.34 blah 123 blah';
'blah blah blah'}
extracted = 3×1 cell array
{'blah blah blah (blah): 23.345 blah blah blah'} {'blah blah blah (blah):23.34 blah 123 blah' } {'blah blah blah' }
out = regexp(extracted,'(?<=: *)[0-9]+(\.[0-9]+)?','match');
format compact; celldisp(out) % just for web display
out{1}{1} = 23.345 out{2}{1} = 23.34 out{3} = {}
... at which point it can be inserted into the table or whatever else is required for further processing. If you want a numeric vector:
out = cellfun(@str2double,out,'uniform',false);
out(cellfun(@isempty,out)) = {0}; % replace empty elements with zero (or use NaN if you want)
out = vertcat(out{:})
out = 3×1
23.3450 23.3400 0
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Peter Perkins
Peter Perkins on 29 Jul 2021
DGM, you are correct. This is what dot subscripting on tables is for:
x = t.X;
<lengthy multiple-line computation on x to create y>
t.Y = y;
It may be that the computations are short enough that you can just do the subscripting in-line:
t.Y = <some calculation on t.X>
And of course this all assumes that y is the same length as x.

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