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How to assign a value against a string from 1st column to other?

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Hi Everyone,
I have to write a code in which i can get an input from user and then this input can read from a table and pick a value against the user input.
My table is excel file and have these two columns as X and Z.
For example if user gives input from as 2A then value of Z assigned should be Z=0.15.
Similarly for user input 2B z should be Z=0.2.
Kind Regards.


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Cris LaPierre
Cris LaPierre on 18 Apr 2020
Edited: Cris LaPierre on 18 Apr 2020
If you create your table as a MATLAB table with your X values as the rownames, you could do the following:
X = {'1';'2A';'2B';'3';'4'}';
Z = [0.075, 0.15, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4]';
zTbl = table(Z,'RowNames',X);
You could then prompt your user to enter a value for x, and then use that to extract the corresponding value for Z.
x = input("Enter a value for x: ","s")
Z = zTbl{upper(x),"Z"}
See this doc page on why I'm using curly braces to index into zTbl.


Cris LaPierre
Cris LaPierre on 18 Apr 2020
If you are interested in how to create this table importing the data from Excel, see my answer to your post on that.

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Kevin Hellemans
Kevin Hellemans on 17 Apr 2020
The fastest way would be to create a Matlab variable directly. However, should you want to create a dynamic link to an Excel file, the following code may help.
First, I created an Excel file 'MyWorkBook':
% Read data from Excel
XLSTable = readtable('MyWorkBook.xlsx'); %if headers are set correctly, this function will create a table with X and Z columns
% Request info from user
UserValue = inputdlg('Please Provide X','Matlab Answers');
% Look Up Value in Table
idx = cellfun(@(x) strcmpi(x,UserValue{1}),XLSTable.X);
% Report Results
if sum(idx) == 1
msgbox(['Z Value: ' num2str(XLSTable.Z(idx))])
Z = num2str(XLSTable.Z(idx));
elseif sum(idx) == 0
msgbox(['Value not found'])
elseif sum(idx) > 1
msgbox(['Multiple Values found'])
Z = num2str(XLSTable.Z(idx));
I hope this helps!


Muhammad Imran
Muhammad Imran on 17 Apr 2020
Thanks for your help. But it is not working for values of 2A and 2B.
If you can check the code again i would be thankful.
Plus i am using the 2014 version of matlab.
Kevin Hellemans
Kevin Hellemans on 17 Apr 2020
I've tested it on my system with 2A and 2B as well, both are working. Since the function reads the first columns as strings, it should not matter. The readtable was introduced in R2013b, so it should work, regular tables as well. Can you provide more details as to what is not working? What kind of feedback to you get?

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