MATLAB: How to read specific data from a text file

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I want to read the latitude and longitude values (Station and Epicenter) from the following text file.
Station 37.94 N 47.54 E Altitude 1699m Azimuth L 0 T 90 Vs30 406
Epicenter 37.99 N 48.15 E FD 28 Km Mb0 Ms0 Mw6 Mn0 ML6.2
I used the following code for reading geographic coordinate of station
fid=fopen(FileName,'r') ;
text1 = textscan(fid,'%s','Delimiter','','endofline','');
text1 = text1{1}{1};
SLa=regexp(text1,'Station[\s]+(\d*\.?\d+)','tokens') ;
SLo=regexp(text1,'Station[\s] N +(\d*\.?\d+)','tokens') ;
and I got the following results
SLa =
SLo =
I think I missed something in line 6, could you please help me to fix it?

Best Answer

  • You should be able to pull both numbers out at the same time with this:
    LaLoTokens = regexp(text1,'Station +(\d*\.?\d+) +N +(\d*\.?\d+)', 'tokens');
    LaLo = str2double([LaLoTokens{:}{:}]);
    % or (depending on how 'text1' is stored)
    LaLo = str2double([LaLoTokens{:}]);
    Here's a great site to put together regular expressions: