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Struggling with list from datafile

Posted 11 years ago
I got a list from a datafile:
ctxt = Flatten[ StringSplit[Import["d.txt", "Data"], ","]];

Then I got every third number:
lst3 = ctxt[[3 ;; ;; 3]];

When "looked" at lst3 in an outcell it looked like a list of numbers {79, 2, 8, 54 ...}

But it is actually a list of strings: {"79", "2", "8", "54" ...}

It took me a long time to make this realization and to fix my code:
lst3 = ToExpression /@ ctxt[[3 ;; ;; 3]];

What is going on?  Why does the outcell "look" incorrect?

Thanks in advance
POSTED BY: Joe Gilray
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Posted 11 years ago
Thanks Ilian.  Makes sense.
POSTED BY: Joe Gilray
Strings are always displayed without quotes in output cells (this could be customized by setting ShowStringCharacters -> True in the stylesheet).
POSTED BY: Ilian Gachevski
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