### ZK (view profile)

on 10 Jan 2013

Hi, I have another question. I have a big number something like 200308091234562. I would like to appeal to indicated parts. To other calculations.

So I would like to have something like this from this big number.

A = 2003 B = 08 C = 09 D = 123

Which funtion should I use. Thank You.

Jan Simon

### Jan Simon (view profile)

on 10 Jan 2013

Sorry, ZK, this does still not explain which type it is. Is it a double? Then what does the leading zero of "B = 08" mean? Please do not let us guess the details.

ZK

on 10 Jan 2013

Jan Simon

### Jan Simon (view profile)

on 10 Jan 2013

@ZK: Please post the type of the variable, which contains the shown value. Use the Matlab command class() to find out the type in case of doubt. Numbers do not have a leading zero and in '08' it is surely not the '0' which indicates that it is August, but the '8'.

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### Andreas Goser (view profile)

on 10 Jan 2013
Edited by Andreas Goser

### Andreas Goser (view profile)

on 10 Jan 2013

I suggest treating this numerical value as a string ('chararcter array') and us such operations, e.g.

```s='200308091234562'
A=s(1:4)
```

Maybe you want to do math with it afterwards:

```str2num(A)*2
```

### Jan Simon (view profile)

on 10 Jan 2013

If 200308091234562 is a double:

```d = 200308091234562
A = floor(d / 1e11);
B = rem(floor(d / 1e9), 100);
C = rem(floor(d / 1e7), 100);
D = rem(floor(d / 1e4), 1000);
```

If the value is a string:

```s = '200308091234562'
A = s(1:4);
B = s(5:6);
C = s(7:8);
D = s(9:11);
```

ZK

### ZK (view profile)

on 10 Jan 2013

Thank You this is it. But when textread readed it like a 1x1 cell. I should convert it to double or string?

Jan Simon

### Jan Simon (view profile)

on 10 Jan 2013

Dear ZK, I've presented two different solutions. Therefore "this is it" does not reveal in which format the data are available. Instead of clarifying this, you ask the next question, whose answer require the knowledge of the actual format again. "textread read it as 1x1 cell" is a vague description again, which requires to guess the details.

I suggest the following pattern:

``` My file contains lines like:
200308091234562
200308099812348
200308012803753
Now I get a {1x1} cell, which contains a cell string:
data = {{'200308091234562', '200308099812348', '200308012803753'}}
I want to get:
A = 2003;   % or '2003' ?
B = 8;      % or '08' ?
C = 9;
D = 123;```

Then it would be clear, what "I have a big number" means and what you want. Ok?

ZK

### ZK (view profile)

on 10 Jan 2013

OK. Jan Simon, thank You for answer and patience. I will express more precisely my problems in future.

I would like convert {1x1} cell to string because for this method reading numbers is most clear for me. Can You present me a good formula for it?

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