Re: Data handling in mathematica 2.2 and 3.0

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg5708] Re: Data handling in mathematica 2.2 and 3.0*From*: wfarre1 at tiger.towson.edu (Jimbob)*Date*: Sat, 11 Jan 1997 14:29:06 -0500*Organization*: University of Maryland, Baltimore County*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

You need to have the text document "TAB delimited". that is, all data in one row is seperated by a "TAB". Usually I import data into Excel and then export it as a "TAB dilimited" text file. sean ross <sean at lorien.creol.ucf.edu> wrote: > How can I get mathematica to read in a text data file without >first having to massage the data in a text editor? Take your >typical multi-column data from an excel-type spreadsheet. If I >save it as text, the ReadList function assumes I want to >multiply all numbers together than appear on the same line. If >I save it as comma delimited, ReadList says it is a syntax >error. I have tried manipulating the RecordSeparator and >WordSeparator options in ReadList, but no success. > My current wordaround is to take the data file, read it into >excel and save it as comma delimited text, then import it into >word, and do a global replace on all return characters >converting them into commas, placing a { } around the list, >saving it as unformatted text. Then ReadList can read the data >and I can Partition it. I hope there is a more elegant >solution. > P.S. Has anybody been able to figure out how to read in >bitmap data like in the cat picture in the 3.0 "tour of >mathematica"? Any time I try to read in .bmp files, it just >generates garbage. Not quite as "mathematica reads in data in >any format" advertised.