# searching an array for a value embedded in a string

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Stephen on 29 Jan 2019
Commented: Kevin Phung on 30 Jan 2019
Probably this is hopelessly simple to solve, but I haven't found the way (being a newbie)
I have a number of large arrays that look like this (a small portion only shown):
I'm trying to find a way to search for and extract the "Pan Scale" value from each array (here, = 2 on line 123, red arrow). This element (Pan Scale) may not always be on line 123, so I can't just search for the 123rd row in all the arrays.
How do I search for the string "Pan Scale" and then how do I extract its value (the number after the equal sign)?
UPDATE: OK, I just found a way to get to the cell in my array (named "C"):
C(strcmpi(C(:,1),'Pan Scale = 2'));
but now, how to extract the value (i.e. here, 2)?

Kevin Phung on 29 Jan 2019
Edited: Kevin Phung on 29 Jan 2019
search = 'Pan Scale';
a = C{contains(C,search)} % if C is your cell array, locate index and access cell.
exp = '\d*'; %all consecutive numeric digits
val = str2num(cell2mat(regexp(a,exp,'match')))
^ you can use the above for your other elements too, like 'LightControl' or 'PinHoleDiameter,' etc.
documentation:
https://www.mathworks.com/help/matlab/ref/regexp.html
Kevin Phung on 30 Jan 2019
woohoo!! You can probably condense a line or two, but that's not too important.
now I can finally sleep at night.

madhan ravi on 29 Jan 2019
Edited: madhan ravi on 29 Jan 2019
The below code can extract the numeric digit/s equated to Pan Scale:
r=cellfun(@(x)regexp(x,'(?<=Pan Scale.{0,10})\d{0,10}\.?\d{0,10}',...
'match'),C,'un',0);
R=cellfun(@str2double,r,'un',0);
Result=vertcat(R{:}) % if you want the result to be a column vector
Result=[R{:}] % if you want the result to be a row vector
Stephen on 30 Jan 2019
Thanks, Ravi. Being a newbie, I'm having a little easier time understanding and following Kevin's script. Nevertheless, I appreciate your help.

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