Hello,

How can you import time values in the format hh:mm (i.e. 09:31 21:13) in a text file into matlab?

When I load like them in using this command, they get converted to decimal.

time=load('time.txt');

I also would like to plot a histogram of them.

Many thanks

John

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Answer by Walter Roberson
on 11 Feb 2012

Do not use load() for this.

I do not know if importdata will work.

You can use textscan()

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John
on 11 Feb 2012

Hello,

Thank you, apologies but I'm only learning how to use matlab.

What would the correct syntax be for this problem using textscan()

Many thanks

Walter Roberson
on 11 Feb 2012

We would need to know the format of the lines in order to show you the textscan() format. The link Elige posted should give you some ideas.

John
on 12 Feb 2012

Hello,

I looked at that link but that poster was importing dates and time and some other date, I just have times.

The times are all in one column in this format

12:57:00

15:19:00

08:07:00

10:36:00

I'm sorry if it an easy question but I just don't know what to type.

Thank you

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## per isakson (view profile)

Direct link to this comment:http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/28750#comment_62500

Does the file consist of *one* line with *many* character strings of the format "hh:ss", which are separated by *one* space?

## John (view profile)

Direct link to this comment:http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/28750#comment_62549

Hello,

The file is a text file consisting of one one column of 'time' values like this:

10:43

08:23

19:56

20:29

01:33

Thank you for the help