# Reading a complex text file and building a matrix

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Sanchit Sharma on 30 Jul 2019
Commented: per isakson on 2 Aug 2019
Hello MATLAB experts,
I am stuck at a typical problem and would appreciate your help a lot. I am trying to read a complex file(attached - - example.txt). This file has millions of lines I truncated it to only 2000.
My aim is simple:
• If a column is '--- detector1 ---'.
• increament 'numberofgammaclusters'.
• Then X = first numerical digit, Y = second numerical digit, and A(X,Y) = third numerical digit.
• read this till next '--- detector1 ---' is encountered. On the this encounter repeat the steps 2 and 3 are repeated.
The sample code that I am trying is below. Please let me know. Any help regarding the improvements in the code or any advice in the approach is hugely appreciated.
A= zeros(256, 256);
E = importdata('gamma.txt', ' ');
numberofgammaclusters=0;
for i=1:1082952
if E.textdata(:,2)==contains('detector1')
numberofgammaclusters=numberofgammaclusters+1;
A()= % The values at second last column % Part of the code I don know how to write
end
end
Regards,
Sanchit Sharma
Sanchit Sharma on 30 Jul 2019
In short I need A(X,Y) for entire file. Please let me know If I am not clear. I appreciate your time.
Thanks!

per isakson on 30 Jul 2019
Edited: per isakson on 31 Jul 2019
Try this
%%
clusters = strsplit( chr, '--- detector1 ---\r\n' );
clusters(1) = [];
clear('chr');
numberofgammaclusters = length( clusters );
A = nan( 256, 256 );
for jj = 1 : numberofgammaclusters
cac = strsplit( clusters{jj},'\r\n' );
for ii = 1 : length( cac )
if not( contains( cac{ii}, '===' ) )
vec = textscan( cac{ii}, 'PixelHit%f%f%f%f', 'Delimiter',',' );
A(vec{1},vec{2}) = vec{3};
else
break
end
end
end
This script requires some memory, but I think it will be ok.
Second thought. Replace
vec = textscan( cac{ii}, 'PixelHit%f%f%f%f', 'Delimiter',',' );
A(vec{1},vec{2}) = vec{3};
by
vec = sscanf( cac{ii}, 'PixelHit%f,%f,%f,%f' );
A(vec(1),vec(2)) = vec(3);
to avoid vec being a cell array
Here is a script that is somewhat more robust. Matlab's indexing is one-based. In your file X and maybe Y takes the value zero. I added "+1".
%%
clusters = regexp( chr, '--- detector1 ---[ ]*\r*\n', 'split' );
clusters(1) = [];
clear('chr');
numberofgammaclusters = length( clusters );
A = zeros( 256, 256 );
for jj = 1 : numberofgammaclusters
cac = regexp( clusters{jj},'\r*\n','split' );
for ii = 1 : length( cac )
if not( contains( cac{ii}, '===' ) )
vec = sscanf( cac{ii}, 'PixelHit%f,%f,%f,%f' );
A(vec(1)+1,vec(2)+1) = A(vec(1)+1,vec(2)+1) + vec(3);
else
break
end
end
end
imagesc( A );
% pick a colormap and show "zero" (approx. A(X,Y)<1) as white
mymap = colormap( parula(1e5) );
mymap(1,:)=1;
colormap( mymap )
colorbar
% flip the YAxis
ax = gca;
ax.YAxis.Direction = 'normal';
outputs
per isakson on 2 Aug 2019
[ ]* stands for zero or more spaces. It's easy to miss trailing spaces, since they don't show in the editor.

Bob Thompson on 30 Jul 2019
Edited: Bob Thompson on 30 Jul 2019
I have not been able to utilize your example file, it's a limitation on my end.
That being said, this is how I would look at doing what I understand you're looking for.
fid = fopen('gamma.txt');
line = fgetl(fid);
c = 1;
while isnumeric(line)
if length(line) > 8 & strcmp(line(1:8),'PixelHit')
tmp = regexp(line,' ','split');
A(str2num(tmp{2}),str2num(tmp{3})) = str2num(tmp{4})
end
line = fgetl(fid);
c = c+1;
end
Might need to do some minor editing, because I couldn't use your example file, but the basic concept is sound. If you're looking to capture other data, just add an elseif condition.
This will take some time, but any method (as far as I know) for reading a 2mil line text file is going to take some time.