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selecting columns with certain time period and placing in new array

Asked by Sophie Stringer on 19 Aug 2019
Latest activity Commented on by Bob Nbob
on 20 Aug 2019
Hi there,
I have a data file ranging from 1974 to 2019 and I would like to select the data that corresponds to the period 2003/01/01 to 2009/12/31 and create another array (not sure if thats the right term).
Currently column 1,2 & 3 indicate year, month and day. But preferably would want to put this into a datenum() and create a serial date number.
If anyone has any idea how to this, any help would be greatly appreciated. I've attached the matlab file.
Kind regards,


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Answer by Bob Nbob
on 19 Aug 2019

In general, I would make an effort to extract the data using logic indexing. You can certainly convert the mdy into a datetime variable, but if you're looking to sort by each year it is not necessary.
I have not looked at your attached file (it's a limitation on my end), so the specific designations are probably off in the example. Adjust as needed.
data = mjo_data(mjo_data(:,1)==[2003:2009],:);
time = datetime(data(:,1:3))


Hi Bob,
Thanks for the help! I struggled to do it that way, I'm not entirley sure why, but kept getting an error message. I ended up doing it like this:
fname = 'Documents/Project/wh_index_clean2.txt';
MJO_data = load(fname);
% Select for data within 2003-2009
MJO_2003_09 = MJO_data(MJO_data(:,1)>=2003 & MJO_data(:,1)<=2009, :);
The error was likely because it was trying to find elements which matched the entire array, which is a logic error on my part. Your alternative solution would be correct.

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