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Re: Beginner: Importing files, maintaining file format.

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  • From: <bsyehuda at>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 05:42:18 -0400 (EDT)
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Why wont you try ReadList[]

On 9/22/05, smotz555 <greenli7 at> wrote:
> I know there must be a simple solution to this...
> I have an array.dat file, that has an array in it that is already
> formatted and ready to plot. I'm going to be using the ListPlotVectorField,
> so array.dat is in the format {{point,vector},...}. I didn't see anything
> that let me take in 4 data points into that format, so I made the
> array.dat fit the ListPlotVectorField format within the program it is
> generated.
> Basically I want to get from that .dat file to being able to plot.
> I've tried using import, but the line and table format there won't hold
> the format of the file.
> So I tried Import["array.dat, "Text"], which would be optimal but resulted
> in the output being considered as text, being put in "s, and wouldn't plot
> until the " were removed. I don't really want to remove those by hand...
> Then I tried using !!array.dat, but I can't seem to label that output as
> anything. I tried !!array.dat followed by varray = %, but when I plotted it
> said varray was null. I also tried a few other things similar to that.
> Any suggestions or a better method?
> Maybe there is another specification I can put in the Import function?
> Thanks,
> Lisa

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