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Please help. I need to read this file and isolate column 2.

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Charles Naegele
Charles Naegele on 17 May 2018
Commented: John BG on 18 May 2018
It appears the data is not separated into columns. Any way to do this?
A = importdata('Psmall.txt');
A1 = A(:,2);
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Charles Naegele
Charles Naegele on 18 May 2018
You were both correct, I had it right in the original code. Sorry for the confusion. Thanks for your responses!

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John BG
John BG on 17 May 2018
Hi Charles Naegele
1.
You are having the same result as if you were using textscan instead of importdata
fid1=fopen('Psmall.txt');
B=textscan(fid1,'%s');
fclose(fid1)
B1=B{1}
B2=cell2mat(B1)
B2 has as single column with all data, as you mention it happens in your data acquisition.
2.
Try
A=importdata('Psmall.txt','\t')
Note that your data file has a TAB as separator, not the default ' ' (space) or comma. Despite MATLAB help for import data reads
The default character is interpreted from the file.
It may be the case an earlier version of MATLAB doesn't really consider TAB as a column separator.
If you upgrade your MATLAB version you will solve this and possibly other compatibility issues to come.
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thanks in advance for time and attention
John BG
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