To parse a text file in MATLAB, you can use the `fscanf`

or `textscan`

functions. Here is a simple example showing how to use `textscan`

to read in comma-separated values (CSV) from a text file:

main.m377 chars15 lines

In this example, `myfile.txt`

is assumed to have headers on the first line and data in subsequent lines, with each value separated by commas. The `formatSpec`

string specifies the data format (three floating-point numbers in this case), and the `Delimiter`

option tells `textscan`

to use commas as the separator between values.

Note that `textscan`

returns the data as a cell array. To extract the data, you can convert it to a matrix or other data structure as needed.

You can also use regular expressions (regex) with `textscan`

to handle more complex file formats. For example, to parse a file with both numeric and string data separated by arbitrary whitespace, you could use a format string like this:

main.m27 chars2 lines

This would match a string, followed by a floating-point number, followed by another string, etc. To use this format string with `textscan`

, you would need to specify a regular expression that matches the whitespace between values:

main.m76 chars2 lines

The `Delimiter`

option is set to an empty string to indicate that there is no fixed delimiter between values (since there could be arbitrary whitespace). The `Whitespace`

option specifies a regex pattern that matches tab, newline, carriage return, and space characters, which are the most common whitespace characters.

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