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movevars

Move variables in table or timetable

Description

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T2 = movevars(T1,vars,'Before',location) moves the table variables specified by vars to the left of the variable specified by location. You can specify variables and location by name, by position, or using logical indices.

T2 = movevars(T1,vars,'After',location) moves the variables to the right of the table variable indicated by location (see diagram).

Examples

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Create a table and move variables one at a time. You can specify variables by name or by position in the table.

Read data from a spreadsheet into a table. Display the first three rows.

T1 = readtable('outages.csv');
head(T1,3)
ans=3×6 table
       Region           OutageTime        Loss     Customers     RestorationTime          Cause      
    _____________    ________________    ______    __________    ________________    ________________

    {'SouthWest'}    2002-02-01 12:18    458.98    1.8202e+06    2002-02-07 16:50    {'winter storm'}
    {'SouthEast'}    2003-01-23 00:49    530.14    2.1204e+05                 NaT    {'winter storm'}
    {'SouthEast'}    2003-02-07 21:15     289.4    1.4294e+05    2003-02-17 08:14    {'winter storm'}

Move the variable that is named Region so that it is before the variable named Cause.

T2 = movevars(T1,'Region','Before','Cause');
head(T2,3)
ans=3×6 table
       OutageTime        Loss     Customers     RestorationTime        Region             Cause      
    ________________    ______    __________    ________________    _____________    ________________

    2002-02-01 12:18    458.98    1.8202e+06    2002-02-07 16:50    {'SouthWest'}    {'winter storm'}
    2003-01-23 00:49    530.14    2.1204e+05                 NaT    {'SouthEast'}    {'winter storm'}
    2003-02-07 21:15     289.4    1.4294e+05    2003-02-17 08:14    {'SouthEast'}    {'winter storm'}

Move the fourth variable so that it is after the first variable.

T3 = movevars(T2,4,'After',1);
head(T3,3)
ans=3×6 table
       OutageTime       RestorationTime      Loss     Customers        Region             Cause      
    ________________    ________________    ______    __________    _____________    ________________

    2002-02-01 12:18    2002-02-07 16:50    458.98    1.8202e+06    {'SouthWest'}    {'winter storm'}
    2003-01-23 00:49                 NaT    530.14    2.1204e+05    {'SouthEast'}    {'winter storm'}
    2003-02-07 21:15    2003-02-17 08:14     289.4    1.4294e+05    {'SouthEast'}    {'winter storm'}

Move multiple table variables using the movevars function. You can specify variables by name or by position.

Read data from a spreadsheet into a table.

T1 = readtable('outages.csv');
head(T1,3)
ans=3×6 table
       Region           OutageTime        Loss     Customers     RestorationTime          Cause      
    _____________    ________________    ______    __________    ________________    ________________

    {'SouthWest'}    2002-02-01 12:18    458.98    1.8202e+06    2002-02-07 16:50    {'winter storm'}
    {'SouthEast'}    2003-01-23 00:49    530.14    2.1204e+05                 NaT    {'winter storm'}
    {'SouthEast'}    2003-02-07 21:15     289.4    1.4294e+05    2003-02-17 08:14    {'winter storm'}

Move the variables named Loss, Customer, and Cause so that they are before the first variable. Specify names using a cell array of character vectors.

T2 = movevars(T1,{'Loss','Customers','Cause'},'Before',1);
head(T2,3)
ans=3×6 table
     Loss     Customers          Cause             Region           OutageTime       RestorationTime 
    ______    __________    ________________    _____________    ________________    ________________

    458.98    1.8202e+06    {'winter storm'}    {'SouthWest'}    2002-02-01 12:18    2002-02-07 16:50
    530.14    2.1204e+05    {'winter storm'}    {'SouthEast'}    2003-01-23 00:49                 NaT
     289.4    1.4294e+05    {'winter storm'}    {'SouthEast'}    2003-02-07 21:15    2003-02-17 08:14

Move the first four variables of T2 so that they are after RestorationTime.

T3 = movevars(T2,[1:4],'After','RestorationTime');
head(T3,3)
ans=3×6 table
       OutageTime       RestorationTime      Loss     Customers          Cause             Region    
    ________________    ________________    ______    __________    ________________    _____________

    2002-02-01 12:18    2002-02-07 16:50    458.98    1.8202e+06    {'winter storm'}    {'SouthWest'}
    2003-01-23 00:49                 NaT    530.14    2.1204e+05    {'winter storm'}    {'SouthEast'}
    2003-02-07 21:15    2003-02-17 08:14     289.4    1.4294e+05    {'winter storm'}    {'SouthEast'}

Input Arguments

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Input table, specified as a table or timetable.

Variables in the input table, specified as a character vector, cell array of character vectors, string array, numeric array, or logical array.

Location to insert moved variables, specified as a character vector, string scalar, integer, or logical array.

  • If location is a character vector or string scalar, then it is the name of a variable in the input table T1.

  • If location is the integer n, then it specifies the nth variable in T1.

  • If location is a logical array, whose nth element is 1 (true), then it specifies the nth variable in T1. All other elements of location must be 0 (false).

Extended Capabilities

Introduced in R2018a