python calculate table without (numpy)

Hi i have a quick question about finding line # from my text and use this line# to calculate something

(this is not hw question and i just start learning about python)

ex~ if my text looks like

 100 200 300
 400 500 600 
 700 800 900
 120 130 140
 150 160 170


f1 = open('sample4.txt','r')

line_num = 0
search_phrase = "100"

for line in f1.readlines():
line_num += 1
if line.find(search_phrase) >= 0:
    x = line_num
    print (x)

import numpy
data = numpy.loadtxt('sample4.txt')

i could get

1430.0 which is (200+500+800+130)

however, if my text looks like:

apple is good
i dont like apple
100 200 300 
400 500 600 
700 800 900
120 130 140 
150 160 170
i love orange

error pops up and said

 Traceback (most recent call last):
 File "C:/Python33/", line 13, in <module>
 data = numpy.loadtxt('sample4.txt')
 File "C:\Python33\lib\site-packages\numpy\lib\", line 827, in loadtxt
 items = [conv(val) for (conv, val) in zip(converters, vals)]
 File "C:\Python33\lib\site-packages\numpy\lib\", line 827, in <listcomp>
 items = [conv(val) for (conv, val) in zip(converters, vals)]
 ValueError: could not convert string to float: b'apple'

i think the reason why this error pops up becasue NUMPY

is there any way to make this correct?? without using some skip_header or skip_footer


It seems that loadtxt can use a file handle as input, so one (maybe ugly) trick might be to first determine the line of your interesting text as you did, then reopen the file, read the first few uninteresting lines and then pass the file handle to loadtxt (untested):

fname = 'sample4.txt'
search_phrase = '100'

with open(fname) as fid:
    for linenum, line in enumerate(fid):
        if search_phrase in line:
            break #if the n-th line is interesting, line_num = n-1

#reopen file
with open(fname) as fid:
    for i in xrange(linenum):
        fid.readline() #throw away uninteresting lines
    data = np.loadtxt(fid) #pass file handle

print(data[:3,1].sum()) #interesting stuff is now in first row

But what is wrong with using skiprows? The second part could then be changed into

#get linenum as before
data = np.loadtxt(fname, skiprows = linenum)
print(data[:3,1].sum()) #interesting stuff is now in first row

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