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# Comparing two equal strings doesnt work

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Christian Schumacher on 19 Oct 2019
Closed: MATLAB Answer Bot on 20 Aug 2021
I have a list of strings (containing hockey player names) and I want to find the index for a specific name.I never had such an easy problem before and it is driving my insane.
I tried this:
player and index are both "Connor McDavid"
player = Player(1);
index1 = string(200);
logic = strcmp(index1 ,player);
Here are screenshots too ensure that they contain the same value.
logic should return a 1 but it returns 0. I tried == too but it doesnt help.
Pls help me, i dont know what to do anymore.
Walter Roberson on 20 Oct 2019
160 is U+00A0, "non-breaking space"
player = replace(player, char(160), ' ');
index1 = replace(index1, char(160), ' ');
but it would probably make more sense to replace all of the 160 in your data source (perhaps immediately after retrieving it) instead of doing the replacement each iteration.

Prasad Parameswaran on 22 Oct 2019
Edited: Prasad Parameswaran on 22 Oct 2019
This can be solved by using the "ismember" function, refer the below example:
A = ["John"; "Lee" ; "James"; "Lee"];
B = "Lee";
index = ismember(A,B)
The output is
index =
4×1 logical array
0
1
0
1