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Variable originally saved as a structure cannot be instantiated as an object and will be read in as a uint32

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Anna Case
Anna Case on 27 Apr 2020
Commented: Steven Lord on 29 Apr 2020
Hello,
I am trying to load a *.mat file which contains a structure. This is not working in MATLAB 2019a or 2020a. I get:
Warning: Variable 'structure_list' originally
saved as a structure cannot be instantiated as
an object and will be read in as a uint32.
and later on in my application, it errors out. I don't think "structure" is something I am missing in my path as I am able to define and operate on structures just fine. How can I load this correctly?
Edit: I can save and load other structures just fine, so my working theory is that whoever wrote this app maybe defined another "structure" class. I'm leaving this open for now in case someone has more input.
Edit2: Yeah, someone made a class and called it structure.

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Steven Lord
Steven Lord on 27 Apr 2020
I'm guessing you are able to create and work with struct arrays, which is one of the built-in types in MATLAB. I suspect your edit of your question is correct, that the structure_list variable was created as an instance of a user-defined class named structure. If the definition of the structure class was not present when you tried to load it, MATLAB wouldn't know how to interpret the saved data as a structure object.
It would be like trying to turn a kitchen's worth of ingredients (the data in the MAT-file) into a cooked meal (object): easy if you have a recipe (the class definition), perhaps not so easy if you don't.
I reopened this question so that if someone else encounters this same error message in the future they can find the discussion in a search and learn the potential (IMO probable) cause.
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Steven Lord
Steven Lord on 29 Apr 2020
Once you have the class definition, you can just load or construct it as normal and use it in methods of your app, store it in properties of your app, etc.

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