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How to keep only the rows with a minimum value in a specific coloumn but with the same "date" value?

Asked by Marcell Szántó on 28 Oct 2018
Latest activity Edited by jonas
on 28 Oct 2018
It's hard to properly draw up my problem, but here's an example: I have a table:
A=[
10 00 00 3.25
10 00 40 2.12
10 00 40 2.16
10 00 40 1.85
10 00 40 1.98
10 01 12 2.45
10 01 12 2.69
]
where the first three coloumn marks the [hours minutes seconds] and the last one is a specific [value]. Now I would like to keep just one record/row at one second, and not just a random one, but the one with the smallest value in the fourth coloumn. So the final result would be:
A=[
10 00 00 3.25
10 00 40 1.85
10 01 12 2.45
]
Please note that the time of the record is not continous, and the values in the fourth coloumn are not necessary in an ascending order. Thank you in advance for any help!

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Answer by jonas
on 28 Oct 2018
Edited by jonas
on 28 Oct 2018
 Accepted Answer

t = duration(A(:,1),A(:,2),A(:,3))
TT = timetable(t,A(:,end))
TT2 = retime(TT,unique(TT.t),'min')
TT2 =
3×1 timetable
t Var1
________ ____
10:00:00 3.25
10:00:40 1.85
10:01:12 2.45

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Thank you very much, it is working pretty well! I wasn't thinking about using timetables.
My pleasure! It would be equally easy to solve with grouping methods such as varfun or findgroups / splitapply, but I would strongly recommend using datetime regardless of method.

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