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Reading a 2d array from a text file using c#

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I have a two dimensional array contained within a text file, which has undefined dimensions in terms of rows and columns.
example
12.333 322.222 22.23
344.52 22.3 2334.2
333.22 3342.3 33.4
I wish to read in the matrix contained in the text file into a two-dimensional array in c#. How is this achieved and implemented?
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First read read through the entire file and count the number of lines. Also count the number of columns (seperated by a space). This code will work:

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String[,] array2D;

int numberOfLines = 0, numberOfColumns = 0;
string line;
System.IO.StreamReader sr = new System.IO.StreamReader(filename);
                  
while((line = sr.ReadLine()) != null)
{
      numberOfColumns = line.Split(' ').Length;
      numberOfLines++;
}
sr.Close();

array2D = new String[numberOfLines,numberOfColumns];
numberOfLines = 0;
                  
sr = new System.IO.StreamReader(filename);
while((line = sr.ReadLine()) != null)
{
      String[] tempArray = line.Split(' ');
      for(int i=0;i<tempArray.Length;++i)
      {
            array2D[numberOfLines, i] = tempArray[i];
      }
      numberOfLines++;
}
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HTH,

Razzie
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by:gxp071
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Thanks for the help..!!
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No problem, glad I could help.
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