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loading .txt file

Asked by susan
on 26 Oct 2011

Hi, How do I load a file like this (3 lines):

#A=AY/func/7_corrs/broca_4mm_Z_2standard.nii.gz  B=AY2/func/7_corrs/broca_4mm_Z_2standard.nii.gz
#A           #B           #(A uni B)   #(A int B)   #(A \ B)     #(B \ A)     %(A \ B)    %(B \ A)    Rx(B/A)    Ry(B/A)    Rz(B/A)
127239       173524       204106       96657        30582        76867        24.0351     44.2976     0.9209     0.9803     1.3314

What I want to extract in Matlab is..

#A = 127239
#B = 173524
#(A uni B) = 204106


Thank you,


Matt Tearle
on 26 Oct 2011

Can you please fix the formatting to show how the file appears. Thanks. Also, can you explain more how you want MATLAB to extract and package the information: do you want strings "#A = 127239" or variables A, B, etc with values 127239, ... Do you want those labels (A, B, ...) to be fixed or taken from a line of the file. And so on.

Fangjun Jiang
on 26 Oct 2011

use {}Code format next time.


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2 Answers

Answer by Matt Tearle
on 26 Oct 2011
 Accepted answer

If you don't need individual variable names then I'd probably go with the simplest approach of

data = dlmread('data.txt','',2,0);

If you have missing values or error codes or other weirdness, then use textscan.

If you have Statistics Toolbox, another approach would be to use dataset to import the data as a dataset array:

data = dataset('File','data.txt','headerlines',1);

The downside is that the variable names will be hideous, due to all the non-valid characters. If you wanted to get vaguely fancy (and had some pattern to how to interpret the names), you could use regexp:

fid = fopen('data.txt','rt');
hdr = fgetl(fid);
hdr = regexp(fgetl(fid),'\t','split');
hdr = regexprep(hdr,'#','No_');
hdr = regexprep(hdr,'%','Perc_');
hdr = regexprep(hdr,'\W','');
data = dataset('File','data.txt','headerlines',1);
data.Properties.VarNames = hdr


Answer by susan
on 26 Oct 2011
  • #A=AY/func/7_corrs/broca_4mm_Z_2standard.nii.gz
  • #A #B #(A uni B) #(A int B)
  • 127239 173524 204106 96657

Hi The bullets indicate the 3 lines.I would like the numbers with any label. i.e. I want to be able to call B=173524 OR line3nos(2)=173524

Thank you, S


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