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How to remove everything from string except what's inside square brackets?

Asked by Heidi Mäkitalo on 12 Jul 2019
Latest activity Edited by Stephen Cobeldick on 12 Jul 2019
I have this cell array:
{'0,11:1.03 SPEED MEASURED 1 [rpm]'}
{'0,12:1.03 SPEED MEASURED 1 [rpm]'}
{'0,13:1.03 SPEED MEASURED 1 [rpm]'}
{'0,14:1.03 SPEED MEASURED 1 [rpm]'}
{'0,11:1.06 MOTOR CURRENT [A]' }
{'0,12:1.06 MOTOR CURRENT [A]' }
{'0,13:1.06 MOTOR CURRENT [A]' }
{'0,14:1.06 MOTOR CURRENT [A]' }
{'0,11:2.13 TORQ USED REF [%]' }
{'0,12:2.13 TORQ USED REF [%]' }
{'0,13:2.13 TORQ USED REF [%]' }
{'0,14:2.13 TORQ USED REF [%]' }
{'0,11:1.08 MOTOR TORQUE [%]' }
{'0,12:1.08 MOTOR TORQUE [%]' }
{'0,13:1.08 MOTOR TORQUE [%]' }
{'0,14:1.08 MOTOR TORQUE [%]' }
{'0,11:2.10 TORQUE REF 3 [%]' }
{'0,12:2.10 TORQUE REF 3 [%]' }
{'0,13:2.10 TORQUE REF 3 [%]' }
{'0,14:2.10 TORQUE REF 3 [%]' }
How can I get the unit from between the brackets in each string, so that I'm left with the following:
{'rpm'}
{'rpm'}
{'rpm'}
{'rpm'}
{'A' }
{'A' }
...
{'%' }
Thanks!

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Yeah me too. I always struggle with it, even when I'm trying to achieve something really simple (like in this case) 😅
Wow, I never even knew about this function! Very intuitive and seems to work just as well as regexp. Are there any benefits to using extractBetween other than the fact that it's more easy to use for this purpose?

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Answer by Stephen Cobeldick on 12 Jul 2019
Edited by Stephen Cobeldick on 12 Jul 2019

Where C is your cell array:
>> D = regexp(C,'\[(.+)\]','tokens','once')
>> D = vertcat(D{:})
D =
'rpm'
'rpm'
'rpm'
'rpm'
'A'
'A'
'A'
'A'
'%'
'%'
'%'
'%'
'%'
'%'
'%'
'%'
'%'
'%'
'%'
'%'

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