DrAxeman has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I'd first like to say, this is a great site. Everybody here has been patient and very informative! Thank you to everybody who has helped me over the last 2 days.

I'm still working on a script to process csv files. Before I can process the data, currently I need to "pre-process" the data using OpenOffice. Some of the data in the CSV file is in scientific notation (9.9871239340160043e-005). I found a perl module (Data Types) will allow the modification of Data Type.
my $decimal = '1.2foo'; $decimal = to_decimal($decimal) unless is_decimal($decimal);
This appears to be what I need. I just don't know how to write a script to convert the data. My CSV files have headers in the first row, so I need to ignore that row. Also, my script is getting complex, and my perl skills are limited, so I am posting my script. If it's easier to create a seperate script to do this before my current script, feel free to tell me. I'm learning as I'm going.
#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; use DBI; #use Text::CSV; # Connect to the database, (the directory containing our csv file( +s)) my $dbh = DBI->connect("DBI:CSV:f_dir=.;csv_eol=\n;"); # Associate our csv file with the table name 'results' $dbh->{'csv_tables'}->{'results'} = { 'file' => 'test.csv'}; my $sth = $dbh->prepare("SELECT * FROM results WHERE 1=0"); $sth->execute; my @origcols = @{$sth->{NAME}}; my @cols; # = @origcols; shift @origcols; foreach ( @origcols ) { #$_ =~ s/\.//g ; push ( @cols , $_ ); # unless /Bandwidth.*|MSTCPLoop.*/ ; }; my $avgSQL = 'SELECT ' . join(', ', map { "avg($_) \n" } @cols ) . ' FROM results'; my @avgs = $dbh->selectrow_array($avgSQL); my %avgsHash; @avgsHash{ @cols } = @avgs; # uses a hash slice to populate %avgs +Hash print "Col,Avg\n"; printf("%s,%f\n", $_, $avgsHash{$_}) for @cols;