# computing vectors with string and numbers (easy question)

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Andrea Miceli on 25 Mar 2021
Edited: Paul Hoffrichter on 26 Mar 2021
Hi evreyone,
I have a vector of names(str vector) and i would like to associate a number to each name
For example evreytime that the name 'Andrea' came up in the first vectror in the second one it gives me back the number 3.
Stephen23 on 25 Mar 2021
"I have a vector of 12 names(str vector) and i would like to associate a number to each name (so from 1:12)."
That just sounds like the indices.
Andrea Miceli on 25 Mar 2021
I modifed the question, now it should be clearer.

Paul Hoffrichter on 26 Mar 2021
Edited: Paul Hoffrichter on 26 Mar 2021
Here is code that keeps the indexing scheme based upon the order in which the names occur in your vector of strings.
>> S = ["Howard" "Howard" "joe" "april" "andrea" "joe" "andrea" "Howard"]
S =
1×8 string array
"Howard" "Howard" "joe" "april" "andrea" "joe" "andrea" "Howard"
>> SUniq = unique(S, 'stable')
SUniq =
1×4 string array
"Howard" "joe" "april" "andrea"
>> [~, Locb] = ismember(S, SUniq)
Locb =
1 1 2 3 4 2 4 1

Paul Hoffrichter on 25 Mar 2021
Edited: Paul Hoffrichter on 25 Mar 2021
>> S = ["joe" "april" "andrea" "joe" "andrea"]
S =
1×5 string array
"joe" "april" "andrea" "joe" "andrea"
>> SU = unique(S)
SU =
1×3 string array
"andrea" "april" "joe"
>> [~,Locb] = ismember(S, SU)
Locb =
3 2 1 3 1
Every time "joe" came up in S, it shows up as a 3 in Locb.
Every time "andrea" came up in S, it shows up as a 1 in Locb.
Every time "april" came up in S (only 1 time), it shows up as a 2 in Locb.