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Converting letters to strings

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antonet
antonet on 23 Feb 2014
Answered: Image Analyst on 25 Feb 2014
Dear Matlab users
I read some data from an excel file. The column 11 of this file contains
Baa1
Ca
Baa
B
Aaa
and so forth. When I use
raw=xlsread('file.xlsx');
K=raw(:,11)
I get NaN for each element of K. My questions is how to convert column 11 to a column of string variables. Note that my column is of dimension 20000 by 1. Is there a command in Matlab to do that?
Thanks in advance

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per isakson
per isakson on 23 Feb 2014
Edited: per isakson on 23 Feb 2014
The documentations says:
[ num, txt, raw ] = xlsread( filespec );
Thus try
[~,~,raw] = xlsread('file.xlsx');
Now, K will contain the column of strings. You could also use the argument, txt, but then the column number might be "shifted" depending on whether there are numerical columns to the left (C<=10).
"column of string variables" do you mean a character array or a cell array of strings?

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 25 Feb 2014
If you have R2013b you should use readtable() instead of xlsread(). It's so so much easier. Instead of all that nonsense of 3 cell arrays, which aren't even matched up as far as rows and columns go, you get a simple and intuitive "table" - which is a new variable class in R2013b that I encourage everyone to try.
ONCE YOU TRY readtable(), YOU'LL PROBABLY NEVER USE xlsread() EVER AGAIN.
Another use of the table is to use with regionprops() and struct2table() to create a table instead of an array of structures. I'll contact the Image Processing team to see if they can make a table an option directly instead of having to use struct2table.

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