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Problems with te output of writetable function

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Wesso
Wesso on 3 Mar 2019
Commented: Walter Roberson on 4 Mar 2019
writetable(E,'FinalMatlab.csv')
I ended up with the attached output. in row 33 the columns were not written completely and instead were written on the next row (before ID 34). Also, it would be great if NaT and Nan could be replaced by empty cells.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Wesso
Wesso on 4 Mar 2019
sorry the initial file is too big to upload it . so I took the first 35 rows

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Guillaume
Guillaume on 4 Mar 2019
Walter was correct, some of your text fields contain newlines. So, of course, when the newlines are written it messes up the file for some csv readers. Note that any entry with newlines are enclosed in double quotes, so if the parser works detects quoted strings properly it should read the file correctly.
Probably best, is to get rid of these newlines characters. An easy way:
yourtable(:, vartype('cellsttr')) = varfun(@(v) regexprep(v, '[\n\r]', ''), yourtable(:, vartype('cellstr')));
writetable(yourtable, 'something.csv');
You might similarly want to get rid of commas within your text (or replace them with something else), if it's going to confuse your reader.
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 4 Mar 2019
I would probably replace with a space rather than with emptiness so that adjacent words do not run together. Or I would replace with '\\n' to put literal character pair \n as the replacement, expecting you to transform them back upon reading.

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