awk based script to ignore all columns from a file which contains character strings

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Old 10-16-2012
awk based script to ignore all columns from a file which contains character strings

Hello All,

I have a .CSV file where I expect all numeric data in all the columns other than column headers.
But sometimes I get the files (result of statistics computation by other persons) like below( sample data)


I want to remove the columns where ever character strings( I cannot provide the complete list as it is unknown) appear in any row of a column.
So the output will be like this

I have 10000 columns in my file, so manually deleting all these columns taking lot of time.

# 2  
Old 10-16-2012

awk -F, '{ if(NR==1){a=split($0,P,",")};
for(i=1;i<=NF;i++){if($i !~ /[A-z]/ || NR==1){arr[NR,P[i]]=$i}else{K[++t]=i}}}
END{for(i in K){P[K[i]]=0}}
for(j=1;j<=NF;j++){if(arr[i,P[j]] != ""){s=s?s","arr[i,P[j]]:arr[i,P[j]]}}
print s;s=""}
}' file

# 3  
Old 10-16-2012
A bit shorter:
awk -F, 'NR>1{for (i=1;i<=NF;i++) if ($i~"[^0-9]") print i}' file| sort | uniq | awk -F, 'NR==FNR{a[$0]=1;next}{for (i=1;i<=NF;i++) if (!(i in a)) printf $i",";printf "\n"}' - file

# 4  
Old 10-16-2012
awk 'FNR==NR{
if(FNR>1 && $0 !~ /^[0-9, \t]$/)
  if(!(i in drop) && $i !~ /^[0-9, \t]$/)
 if(!(i in drop))
  t=(n++ == 1)? $i : t FS $i
}1' FS=, file file

# 5  
Old 10-16-2012
awk -F, '{for (i=1;i<=NF;i++) {
             Ar[NR,i] = $i
             if (NR>1) L[i] = L[i] || $i !~ /^[0-9]*$/
         END {for (j=1;j<=NR;j++)
                {for (i=1;i<=NF;i++)
                  if (!L[i]) printf "%s%s", (i>1)?",":"", Ar[j ,i]
        ' file

Last edited by RudiC; 10-16-2012 at 06:11 AM..
# 6  
Old 10-16-2012

Hi Pamu/All,
Your code works perfectly.
I am sorry for little confusion here.
My actual input data looks like this

Where column header Type is a string which says case of each row. Some times there will be many like Type1,Type2 etc columns and I want to preserve them
and make your code work on the rest of the columns like 4 to last column.
Basically I want to offset column number from where I need to remove columns that have strings.

If possible modify your code to account for my request.


Last edited by ks_reddy; 10-16-2012 at 06:23 AM.. Reason: Small correction in input.
# 7  
Old 10-16-2012
Originally Posted by ks_reddy
But which part in your code specifies, how many columns to exclude starting from 1st column ? ( In this example we printed the column1 as it is right)
Suppose If I want to exclude first 2 columns later, how can I do that ??

Doesn't your input data decide which column to exclude? It is not possible to know the column numbers beforehand (as far as I can understand your requirement).
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