# Finding the number of datapoints in a text file

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Natalie Cannon on 19 Aug 2020
Commented: Natalie Cannon on 20 Aug 2020
I have multiples text files each with a header, 200 data points, and a footer. I'm trying to figure out a way of making a script capable of finding where the datapoints start and stop in each file, and load those data points into a workspace table.
I've attached a text file to make it easier to understand what I'm working with.

Rik on 19 Aug 2020
Edited: Rik on 19 Aug 2020
It looks like you can look for the line with '[data]' on it, and continue until the first line that doesn't start with a digit or a minus sign.
The code below takes the scenic route, but it gets there in the end. If you have a very large number of files you may want to consider a more efficient method.
n_start=0;n_end=-1;
for n=1:numel(A)
if strcmpi(A{n},'[data]')
n_start=n+1;
end
if n_start>0 && n>=n_start
if ~any(A{n}(1)=='-0123456789')
n_end=n-1;
break
end
end
end
B=A(n_start:n_end);
B=cellfun(@(x) cellfun(@str2double,strsplit(x,',')),B,'UniformOutput',0);
B=cell2mat(B);
Let's stretch the definition of what an earlier release is. I made the above code compatible with just about any Matlab release. I didn't test it, but it should work with releases as far back as R13 (version 6.5). For the modern code I used the solution by Star Strider.
UseFallbackMethod=true;try if ~verLessThan('matlab','9.6'),UseFallbackMethod=false;end,catch,end
if UseFallbackMethod
n_start=0;n_end=-1;
for n=1:numel(A)
if strcmpi(A{n},'[data]'),n_start=n+1;end
if n_start>0 && n>=n_start && ~any(A{n}(1)=='-0123456789')
n_end=n-1;break
end
end
B=A(n_start:n_end);
%the loop below is equivalent to:
%B=cellfun(@(x) cellfun(@str2double,strsplit(x,',')),B,'UniformOutput',0);
for n=1:numel(B)
s=strfind(B{n},',');
split=zeros(1,numel(s)+1);
start_index=[s numel(B{n})+1];
stop_index=[0 s];
for m=1:numel(start_index)
str=B{n}((stop_index(m)+1):(start_index(m)-1));
split(m)=str2double(str);
end
B{n}=split;
end
B=cell2mat(B);
else
nonan = ~isnan(B);
B = [B(nonan(:,1),1) B(nonan(:,2),2)];
end

#### 1 Comment

Natalie Cannon on 20 Aug 2020
Very thorough. Exactly what I needed. Thanks for your help!

Star Strider on 19 Aug 2020
Another option:
nonan = ~isnan(A1);
A1 = [A1(nonan(:,1),1) A1(nonan(:,2),2)];
This actually takes care of all the header lines itself, and produces the (201x2) array in ‘A1’. The only drawback is that the readmatrix function was introduced in R2019a, so this will not work for earlier releases.

Rik on 19 Aug 2020
I took the liberty of merging your answer with mine. I guess this shows what kind of decluttering you can do with a more modern release.
Star Strider on 19 Aug 2020
That works for me!
Natalie Cannon on 20 Aug 2020
This is great, thank you so much for your input.