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Method of extracting data from CSV

Asked by Mate 2u

Mate 2u (view profile)

on 12 Apr 2013

Dear All, I have a very large CSV file with 5 columns which contains some historical financial prices.

Column 1 is our date starting from 1/3/2007 all the way till till mid 2011 in the form of mm/dd/yyyy.

Column 2 is our time of out trades in the form of :

35:45.0 35:45.0 35:46.0 35:46.0 35:46.0 (as seen in excel)

However when I change the data type of this column in excel from CUSTOM to TIME I get something better which I need:

13:07:23 13:07:24 13:07:24 13:07:25 13:07:25

Column 3 is our respective prices

Column 4 is our symbol (stays the same)

Column 5 is the number of trades.

So my question is I have all of this information...

I want to put the all the columns in one matrix in MATLAB (apart from 4). But I DONT want it to be a string matrix as I want to do some operations with the data.

Hint: May need to convert column 1 and 2 in to number format?


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Answer by Walter Roberson

Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 12 Apr 2013
Accepted answer
fid = fopen('YourFile.csv', 'rt');
datacell = textscan(fid, '%s%s%f%*s%f', 'Delimiter', ',');
dates = datenum(datacell{1}, 'mm/dd/yyyy');
outtrades = datenum(datacell{2}, 'MM:SS:FFF');
prices = datacell{3};
ntrades = datacell{5};
datamatrix = horzcat(dates, outtrades, prices, ntrades);

Question: is there no hour in the data?


per isakson

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on 12 Apr 2013


  • open your csv-file in an editor, e.g. Matlabs editor or Notepad
  • copy&paste a few lines to the question
Mate 2u

Mate 2u (view profile)

on 12 Apr 2013

CSV does not fully open on matlabs editor due to the limit of 1 million rows.

Mate 2u

Mate 2u (view profile)

on 12 Apr 2013

Actually this suffices.

Walter Roberson

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