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Filter Table with Generalized Values

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I have the following table say t =
Id Age Gender Country
-- ----- --------- ---------
1 10 M US
2 20 F CA
3 20 F US
4 10 M CA
5 10 M CA
I have another array say col_name with values { Age = 20, Gender = F }
Values of col_name change .. for example col_name = { Age = 10, Gender = M, Country = CA }
or col_name = { Age = 10 }
My goal is to write a genealized function such that when i pass col_name ( whatever be its value ) it should be able to get me a filtered set from t
Is there an function for t that can help me get the filtered result set if I passed col_name ?
ex = t.<some_filter_function>( col_name = { Age = 20, Gender = F } )
should give me
Id Age Gender Country
-- ----- --------- ---------
2 20 F CA
3 20 F US

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Geoff Hayes
Geoff Hayes on 29 Jun 2020
Neeraj - how about trying something like
filteredTable = t(t.Age == 20 & strcmp(t.Gender, 'F'), :)
or are you hoping for something a little more general?

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Neeraj Singh
Neeraj Singh on 29 Jun 2020
Hey Geoff, Thank you . I was hoping for a more general arrangement. In this solution you suggested, my Filtering_Function call to 't' would need to be aware that there is Age and Gender in the table "col_name".
If say for example the next loop of values for "col_name" = {Age: 10, Country: "CA"}, then the above solution would not work.
somehow it needs to be something like this -> t.Filter_Function( col_name )
so whatever value col_name gets Filter_Function should be able to parse through that
Geoff Hayes
Geoff Hayes on 29 Jun 2020
Well you could create a function that might do this for you:
function [myTable] = filterTable(myTable, filterObj)
filterNames = fields(filterObj);
for k = 1:length(filterNames)
filterName = filterNames{k};
tableVariables = myTable.Properties.VariableNames;
if ismember(filterNames{k}, tableVariables)
filterValue = getfield(filterObj, filterName);
if ischar(filterValue)
myTable = myTable(strcmp(myTable.(filterName),filterValue), :);
elseif isnumeric(filterValue)
myTable = myTable(myTable.(filterName) == filterValue, :);
else
fprintf('Unhandled filter for %s.\n', filterName);
end
end
end
And then you would create a filter object and call this function like
filterObj.Age = 20;
filterObj.Gender = 'F';
filteredTable = filterTable(t, filterObj);

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