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Re: ReadList


In article <960ata$p3f at smc.vnet.net>, Matthias.Bode at oppenheim.de wrote:

> Dear Colleagues:
> 
> I have to read an external file.txt:
> 
> ReadList["D:\theirfile.txt", Record, RecordList->True]//N
> 
> This works and yields the appropriately partitioned list  but gives me - as
> InputForm proves - a list in which the numbers are (expletive deleted)
> words:
> 
> mylistoftheirfile = {{"0.001, 0.2, ..."}, {"..."}, ....}
> 
> How can I convert the "words" to plain rational numbers that will be
> amenable to a principal component analysis, my ultimate aim?
> 
> Thank you for your help.
> 
> Best regards,
> 
> Matthias Bode
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If I understand your problem correctly (that your 
file is a rectangular array of floats)
then this should probably work:

ReadList["D:\theirfile.txt", Number, RecordList->True]

Cheers,

David

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