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Importing data from multiple .dat files into an array

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I have several hundred .dat files (saved in folders of ~15 for each geographic location they represent) that I want to add to my structural array, with each column as a field:
ie. the column headed density becomes
However, my .dat files have 4 rows of metadata and then the headers before the data I need starts.
I've created a filelist for the first folder containing the .dat files and then tried
% pit RP_04
cd 'G:\Uni_Work\PHD\Data\Trail Valley Creek\Winter 2018-19\January 2019\SMP\Processed\RP_04';
FileList39 = dir('*.dat'); % generate a list of filenames which can be used to generate locations of profiles
Data_and_Headers = importdata(FileList39(1), '\t');
I've tried "ImportData" and "ReadTable" which I saw suggested on here, and had no luck with either. Any suggestions?

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Ameer Hamza
Ameer Hamza on 16 Mar 2020
Edited: Ameer Hamza on 16 Mar 2020
Try readmatrix and specify the number of header lines
readmatrix(FileList39(1).name, 'NumHeaderLines', 5)
or readtable with
readtable(FileList39(1).name, 'HeaderLines', 5)
Ameer Hamza
Ameer Hamza on 16 Mar 2020
Have you read the files using readmatrix or readtable? readmatrix already outputs a matrix, for readtable you can use table2array.

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