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How to extract information on year when data is in quarterly format

Asked by Raamasrinivas Venkata on 30 Oct 2019
Latest activity Edited by Nicolas B.
on 30 Oct 2019
My data is in the following format:
Year
1971-Q1
1971-Q2
1971-Q3
1971-Q4
1972-Q1
1972-Q2
1972-Q3
1972-Q4... until the 4th quarter of 2018. I have data on inflation and unemployment for this period and would like to plot it in the same graph with 'Year' on the xaxis. How do I extract only the years to a seperate variable, ie, the first four numbers of the variable 'Year' ?

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Answer by Nicolas B.
on 30 Oct 2019
Edited by Nicolas B.
on 30 Oct 2019

have you thought about using extractBefore() function?
For example:
function year = extractYear(s)
year = str2double(extractBefore(s, '-'));
end

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