How to go from a char that is a CSV to a cell array

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Hello all,
I have a char variable that is essentially a CSV file, however all attempts to turn it into a cell array (through simple means) have failed. Lets say my char variable looks like:
inputchar = 'name,bob,joe,paul
age,12,43,15'
(note there is a \n after paul) I would like my output to simply be a cell array to appear as:
outputcellarray = {'name','bob','joe','paul';
'age',12,43,15}
While I am aware of csvread, since I am trying to read from a char variable instead of a CSV file, I am having trouble. Any suggestions or simple workarounds other than writing an entire function to do this?
Thanks so much for the help everyone! Will

Accepted Answer

Jos (10584)
Jos (10584) on 1 Mar 2016
Are you sure you want to store your data like this, i.e., all in a single cell array? Take a look at textscan to read you cvs file. Otherwise this might do the trick:
inputchar = 'name,bob,joe,paul\nage,12,43,15'
X = strrep(inputchar,'\n',',') % get rid of the line break
C = strread(X,'%s','delimiter',',') % read everything as a string
C = reshape(C,[],2).' % reshape in right format
V = str2double(C) % convert numbers
tf = ~isnan(V) % find these numbers
C(tf) = num2cell(V(tf)) % put them in place. Voila!

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Will Kinsman
Will Kinsman on 1 Mar 2016
After messing around a little bit it seems to me that the simplest solution may to be:
outputcellarray = readtext(inputchar,,,,'textsource')
this is a file on the file exchange that appears to be pretty lightweight and will allow me to do what I am trying to here.

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