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Topic: Use part of a cell/string
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Re: Use part of a cell/string
Posted: Jan 20, 2010 1:39 PM
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On Jan 20, 8:00 am, "Maarten " <> wrote:
> I got it!
> I'll put it up here, for those who might wonder how it's done.
> if the 'L_500' is stored in d(1,3) you do it as follows:
> a = char(d(1,3))
> b = str2num(a(3:end))
> now b is a double value.
> Thanks anyway!
> "Maarten Repko" <> wrote in message <hj6tom$>...

> > Ok, I'll try to be more precise.
> > I have a <1x14 cell> array with in each cell just "L_200" or "L_500" etc.. From this array I want to create a matrix with "double" values in it, equal to the nummerical part of the "L_200" etc.

> > Right now I have put it in manually as:
> > d(:,1) = [200; 500; 700]

> > Thanks
> > "Jan Simon" <> wrote in message <hj6t27$>...
> > > Dear Maarten!
> > > > is it possible to safe only part of a string?
> > > > I have something like "L_500" is a cell NAMES{1,1} and I have to do calculations with the "500 part".

> > > With this small amount of information, I can answer just: yes, you can cut a part out of a string. If you want to learn *how* this works, please define the start and end of the substrings precisely here.
> > > Kind regards, Jan

Or, if all of your names consisted of L_###, here's another way to get
all of them at once
A = {'L_500','L_200','L_300'}
tmp = str2num(cell2mat(cellfun(@(x)regexp(x,'\d\d\d','match'),A)'))
tmp =


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