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Raj Shankar

Can I import many different xls files at once?

Asked by Raj Shankar
on 19 Jan 2013

Example:

I want to write an m file for the following.

I want to import 20 different xls files, all located in one folder.

I want to find the sum of the values present in each xls file and produce the resultant sum of each xls file.

But I want all the xls files to be imported at once. I can't keep on importing one by one. Because in some cases the number of files may even increase to 50.

Someone could help me?

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2 Answers

Answer by Azzi Abdelmalek
on 19 Jan 2013
Edited by Azzi Abdelmalek
on 19 Jan 2013
 Accepted answer
d=struct2cell(dir('yourfolder/*.xls'))
file=d(1,:)
for k=1:numel(file)
  res{k}=xlseread(file{k});
  r_mean{k}=mean(res{k});
  r_sum{k}=sum(sum(res{k}))
end

Answer by Image Analyst
on 19 Jan 2013
Edited by Image Analyst
on 19 Jan 2013

You can't import them all "at once" - you have to do it one file at a time. The closest you could get to doing them "at once" is if you have the Parallel computing toolbox, and set up several processes to read in files in parallel.

But assuming you want to do them "at once" just to speed up the process, don't use xlsread() unless you want to wait forever because it will have to launch Excel and shutdown Excel every single time. You should use ActiveX. Search the forum for "actxserver" - many people, including me, have posted sample code. Or search the Mathworks site. This method, while more difficult to code, will be A LOT faster.

I presume you know how to use the sum() function to sum values. See Azzi's code if you don't.

You might be interested in this video tutorial: http://blogs.mathworks.com/videos/2012/03/28/matlab-tutorial-processing-an-excel-file-in-matlab/

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