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Re: Reading Data Table

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  • Subject: [mg119945] Re: Reading Data Table
  • From: "McHale, Paul" <Paul.McHale at>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:41:07 -0400 (EDT)
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One quick way to do it is to read it in as a string and then use ImportString [] to sort it out.

1 2 3
4 5 6

In= mList=Import["c:\\testa.txt"];
In= mList=ImportString[mList,"Table"]

Out= {{1,2,3},{4,5,6}}


In= ReadList["C:\\testa.txt", Number, RecordLists -> True, WordSeparators-> {" ", "\[Backslash]t"}, RecordSeparators -> {"\r\n", "\n", "\r"}]

Out= {{1,2,3},{4,5,6}}

Note: Don't leave Number specifier out!  Also, here is the URL in the help system that I used (if it helps):


Type that into the search box in the help system.

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-----Original Message-----
From: fractal11 [mailto:trchan at]
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 6:31 AM
To: mathgroup at
Subject: [mg119945] Reading Data Table

Is there a way to read a file with a user specified word separator and record separator, such that the result is a list of lists of words?

For example, a file containing "1 2 3\n4 5 6" would become {{1,2,3}, {4,5,6}}.

Import does almost exactly what I want, although I can't figure out how to change the word and record separators.

In particular, I have a file where word separators are tab characters, but the data themselves have spaces.  Therefore, Mathematica's default word separator of whitespace does not work.

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