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Nur Zakaria

how to import csv file in matlab

Asked by Nur Zakaria
on 18 Apr 2013


I have one question. Actually, data that i have in csv file. So, i need to import data to Matlab. Unfortunately, the data has header in 3 column.

how to skip to take the data directly?

for example:

a= import data ('C:\s11.dat') *

then what the next step? Need your help.

Thank you.

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on 18 Apr 2013

As you click on import data there is option "import as"..there are three options to save data as a Matrix OR Column OR Cell array So if u want to save it as a whole thn select matrix and ur whole variable will be saved in a variable if u want wise then select Column option and data will be saved in column and variables will be shown in work space


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2 Answers

Answer by Karen Hornsby
on 18 Apr 2013

HI, You can either use the import data wizard by right clicking on the file in the current folder window. When the import wizard opens it should give you a preview of the data and in the top right is a box which asks you how many header lines there are. You can use this to create code to open files of this type repeatedly (this works well but if your new to matlab it can be a bit confusing to edit) or you can used the following code to open files

ftoread = '%file name';
fid = fopen(ftoread);
fgetl(fid) %reads line but does nothing with it
M = textscan(fid, '%f', 'Delimiter','\,'); % you will need to change the number   of values to match your file %f for numbers and %s for strings.
fclose (fid)

You can get more help with this in the help file, just type in the command you want help with in the search box. Karen


Answer by Thomas
on 18 Apr 2013
Edited by Thomas
on 18 Apr 2013

I think the easiest way is to use CSVIMPORT from the File Exchange:

%read data example: Import columns as column vectors 
[X Y Z] = csvimport('vectors.csv', 'columns', {'X, 'Y', 'Z'});
%remove headers
X(1) = [];
Y(1) = [];
Z(1) = [];

This assumes that the first element in the array contains the header



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