I have a .txt file which have following form

Name1 number1 number2 number3 Name2 number4 number5 number6 Name3 number6 number8 number9

I want to import these data as following matrix


namely a 1x9 matrix. When I try this code

new = Part[Import["path\filename.txt", "Table"], Range[1, 3],2 ;; 4]

I get a 3x3 matrix as


due to using the Part command. How can I build a 1x9 matrix where all numbers are placed in one row by importing data from the file or convert the 3x3 matrix obtained from above code to a 1x9 matrix?

  • $\begingroup$ Apply Flatten to new. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 9:42
  • $\begingroup$ @Henrik Schumacher Thanks, but this command give me a 9x1 matrix rather than 1x9 one. Do you know a way which produces a 1x9 matrix by importing data from the file directly? $\endgroup$
    – Wisdom
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 12:53
  • $\begingroup$ Well, the matrix is stored as $3 \times 3$ matrix, so we have to convert it. Fasted way to obtain a $1 \times 9$ matrix might be ArrayReshape[new, {1, Times @@ Dimensions[new]}]. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 13:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Henrik Schumacher That's right! it works perfectly. Thanks. Can you explain about your code a bit? $\endgroup$
    – Wisdom
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 13:31
  • $\begingroup$ Well, have a look into the documentation of ArrayReshape. Times @@ Dimensions[new] just computes $3 \cdot 3 = 9$ in a way that also works for other matrix sized of new. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 13:33

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Just for completeness:

With[{new = Import["path\filename.txt", "Table"]},
  ArrayReshape[new, {1, Times @@ Dimensions[new]}

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