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Turning a lot of variables into a string

Asked by Steve
on 17 May 2013

I have a list of some 500+ variable names in Excel. What I want to do is to turn them all into strings so I can use them in Matlab. Is there a way I can import the names in as a string without having to add ' ' around each entry?


per isakson
on 17 May 2013

Did you make some experiments with xlsread? It shouldn't be a problem?

Matt Kindig
on 17 May 2013

Are you importing them using xlsread()? If so, the '' should not be necessary.

If you are just copy-pasting the names into Matlab, why not add a formula (in Excel) concatenating the '' to the variable name, using the CONCATENATE() function in Excel?

David Barry
on 17 May 2013

If you don't want to import automatically then you can just create an empty cell array and paste the excel data straight in.

data = cell(0); % Create empty cell array


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1 Answer

Answer by Image Analyst
on 17 May 2013
[numbers, variableNameStrings, raw] = xlsread(fullFileName);

variableNameStrings should be a cell array with all your strings in it. See the FAQ for an explanation of cell arrays:


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