Importing complex numbers into mathematica

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg37464] Importing complex numbers into mathematica*From*: mike_uk31415 at yahoo.co.uk (mike)*Date*: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 04:41:45 -0500 (EST)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Hi This may be a stupid question but is there an easy way to import complex numbers from a file into mathematica. I have written some c++ code that outputs a set of complex numbers to a file and I have been trying to get them into mathematica. What format should I use? To give myself a clue I exported a couple of complex numbers from Mathematica to see what the file would look like: Export["test.dat", {3 + 2 I, 1 + 0.5 I}, "List"]; which gives me the following test.dat: 3 + 2 I 1 + 0.5 I so far so good - looks like thats the format I need my c++ code to output but when i try test = Import["test.dat", "List"]; i get the following output test = {3, "+", 2, "I", 1, "+", 0.5, "I"} Can anyone help me? I want to be able to Import the file directly - I would rather not simply import a big list of numbers and write a function that makes the relavent ones complex. Any help would be much appreciated Mike