Change table variable type

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dleal
dleal on 30 Mar 2022
Commented: dleal on 31 Mar 2022
Hello,
I am trying to change all variables in a table from int64 to double. I know I should use the "double" function, but for some reason it is not working. Please keep in mind I will be changing multiple columns from int to double. Here is an example:
tbl1 = table(int64(randi([1,100],[10,1])),randn([10,1]),'VariableNames',["x1","x2"]);
tbl1.x1 % verify that x1 is in fact int64
ans =
10×1 int64 column vector
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intCols = varfun(@isinteger,tbl1,'OutputFormat','uniform'); % get all integer columns in the table, in my case there are several
tbl1(:,intCols) = varfun(@double,tbl1(:,intCols)); % apply double to all columns and reassign them to the table
tbl1.x1 % in my case, they are still of the type int64
ans =
10×1 int64 column vector
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77
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What am I doing wrong? thank you

Accepted Answer

Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 30 Mar 2022
You need to replace the entire varible using dot syntax. For example,
tbl1.x1 = double(table1.x1);
to do that for several variables, you would pretty much need to loop using dynamic field names.
Alternatives:
If you do not mind potentially reordering the fields, then you could
notIntCols = setdiff(1:width(tabl1), IntCols);
tabl1 = [tabl1(:,notIntCols), array2table(double(tabl1(:,IntCols)), 'VariableNames', tabl1.Properties.VariableNames(IntCols))]
and you could probably do the same thing using addvars() https://www.mathworks.com/help/matlab/ref/table.addvars.html
Another approach would be to use table2cell(), replace the IntCols columns in the cell with double() of those columns, then cell2table()
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dleal
dleal on 31 Mar 2022
I understand Steven, thanks for your answer, it is all clear now

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