regex – Matlab – how to replace all the special characters in a vector?

regex – Matlab – how to replace all the special characters in a vector?

If by special characters you mean less-frequently used Unicode characters like ¥, , or ¼, then you can use either the function REGEXPREP or set comparison functions like ISMEMBER (and you can convert the character string to its equivalent integer code first using the function DOUBLE if needed). Here are a couple examples where all but the standard English alphabet characters (lower and upper case) are removed from a string:

str = [ABCDEFabcdefÁÂÃÄÅÆÇÈÉÊËÌÍÎÏÐ];   %# A sample string
str = regexprep(str,[^a-zA-Z],);      %# Remove characters using regexprep
str(~ismember(str,[A:Z a:z])) = ;  %# Remove characters using ismember
                                             %#   (as suggested by Andrew)
str(~ismember(double(str),[65:90 97:122])) = ;  %# Remove characters based on
                                                  %#   their integer code

All of the options above produce the same result:

str =

ABCDEFabcdef

EDIT:

In response to the specific example in the updated question, heres how you can use REGEXPREP to replace all characters that arent a-z, A-Z, or 0-9 with blanks:

str = regexprep(str,[^a-zA-Z0-9],);

This may be easier than trying to write a regex to match each individual special character, since there could potentially be many of them. However, if you were certain that the only special characters would be _, %, and !, this should achieve the same as the above:

str = regexprep(str,[_%!],);

Also, as mentioned in the comment by Amro, you could also use the function ISSTRPROP to replace all non-alphanumeric characters with blanks like so:

str(~isstrprop(str,alphanum)) = ;

regex – Matlab – how to replace all the special characters in a vector?

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