# Change text to numbers in a cell

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Mike Mierlo van on 7 May 2020
Commented: Mike Mierlo van on 11 May 2020
Hi all,
Lets say I have 4 x 2 cell matrix A:
1 'text one' 'text two'
2 '5' 'text two'
3 'text one' 'text two'
4 '10' 'text two'
I want the result of a 4 x 2 cell matrix A of all doubles, exept for the last column. The 'text one' has to be replaced by 1 (double):
1 1 'text two'
2 5 'text two'
3 1 'text two'
4 10 'text two'
When I use a for-loop and if-statement I get the error that matrix dimensions must agree. Below is my faulty code:
for i = 1:size(A,1)
if A{i,2} == 'text one'
A{i,2} == 1
else
A{i,2} == str2double(A{i,2})
end
end

Akira Agata on 8 May 2020
B = replace(A,'text one','1');
B = cellfun(@str2double,B(:,1:end-1),'UniformOutput',false);
A = [B,A(:,end)];
Mike Mierlo van on 8 May 2020
Now it works. Because I tried some things, my A(:,2) was converted to doubles with NaN's instead of text. Resetting A to the original cell was the solution. thank you!

madhan ravi on 7 May 2020
Edited: madhan ravi on 7 May 2020
V = str2double(string(A)); % <2016a
V(isnan(V)) = 1
Mike Mierlo van on 11 May 2020
Madhan Ravi. Yes, I editted it after your answer. Your answer worked perfectly on my simplified problem, but I simplified it so far that your solution did not work on my actual table, that consisted of more text columns too.
Walter Roberson. Yes A has more numeric values too. I solved it by converting them to strings for the needed operation.

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