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Re: formatted data

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  • From: Simon Chandler <simonc at>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Jul 1994 14:33:08 +0100


In answer to the following...

> From: Patrick Bradshaw <bradshaw at>
> Subject: formatted data
> To: mathgroup at
> Date: Wed, 29 Jun 1994 23:31:04 -0500 (EDT)
> Sorry if this is an often-asked question, but I was wondering if there was
> a way (a package?) to read in a formatted data file (using like a "formatted
> read" statement from Fortran).
> For example, if a line of the data looks like
>  47950  4 9450
> I would like to read the data into a list looking like
> 	{47.950, 4., 9.450}
> I looked through MathSource and didn't find anything, but perhaps I 
> overlooked something.

Have a look at

0203-881: Reading Data into Mathematica (June 1992)
          Author: John M. Novak
          Directory:  General/Tutorials/General
	  Mathematica can be a powerful tool for the manipulation of
          information.  To process information, however, it must first be
          made accessible to the kernel, or read into Mathematica.
          Mathematica provides many tools to read in data, and put it into a
          useful form.  This document explores some of these techniques,
          particularly those associated with reading files. Reprint from the
          Mathematica Conference, June 1992, Boston.  11 pages.

          0011: PostScript document (June 1992; 153 kilobytes)

It's a pretty good article and should help solve your problem. Does it ?

Dr Simon Chandler
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P.S. I got this abstract from the MathSource Listing.txt file. Its the
best way I know to find things in the mathSource.

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