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Re: Trouble related to "CSV"

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  • Subject: [mg90521] Re: Trouble related to "CSV"
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnews at>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 02:06:31 -0400 (EDT)

On 7/10/08 at 6:35 AM, email.slim at wrote:

>On Jul 9, 1:58 am, Bill Rowe <readn... at> wrote:
>>On 7/8/08 at 2:26 AM, email.s... at wrote:

>>>I'm trying to read in data from a text file composed of strings
>>>and tables of comma separated integers.


>>will do it for you? This will work in Mathematica version 4 and

>The problem is the text file is composed of mix of strings and
>integers, some are separated by space, and the rest by commas. But
>I'll definitely try =02> Import["teststr.txt","CSV"] and see how it
>turns out.

Import will deal with a mixed data types just fine. But none of
the built in file reading commands will deal with mixed
separators without some additional work on your part. In the
case of Import, those items separated by a space likely will be
treated as one string when using "CSV" as the format.

Assuming there are no embedded spaces in any of the string data
types, you can fix this by using StringReplace to replace all of
the spaces with commas. You can read all rows of your file as a
String using


Once this is done, you can write out the corrected strings to a
file that can be used with Import.

As an alternative, you could use StringSplit to break the
strings you read in using ReadList into fields then use
ToExpression to convert the integer strings to integers. If
there are no mixed data types in a given column, this likely is
somewhat faster and not too cumbersome. But if the columns have
mixed data types, writing the corrected strings to a new file
and using Import is likely to be more efficient.

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