## converting an array of n symbolic variables to a cell array with n elements

on 12 Jan 2013

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

Hi

Could somebody tell me a way to convert the symbolic array [ x, y , z ] to the 3 element cell array Cell, where Cell{1} = x, Cell{2} = y, etc? You would think it should be possible to do this with mat2cell, but this converts [ x, y, z ] to the a single element cell variable, i.e., Y = cell2mat([x,y,z]) returns T{1} = [ x,y,z].

Thanks!

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### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 12 Jan 2013

num2cell() rather than mat2cell()

Leo Simon

### Leo Simon (view profile)

on 12 Jan 2013

Thanks, can't believe I didn't try this.

### Azzi Abdelmalek (view profile)

on 12 Jan 2013
Edited by Azzi Abdelmalek

### Azzi Abdelmalek (view profile)

on 12 Jan 2013

```syms x y z
a=[x y z]
for k=1:numel(a)
A{k}=a(k)
end
```

Leo Simon

### Leo Simon (view profile)

on 12 Jan 2013

Thanks Azzi, was trying to do it without a loop, I hate loops on principle

José-Luis

### José-Luis (view profile)

on 12 Jan 2013

Loops are not always evil. They can make for clearer code and are sometimes faster than the vectorized alternative.

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