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Faster Cell Array to CSV-file [more improved cell2csv.m]

version 1.7.0 (2.65 KB) by gwoo
Writes cell array content into a *.csv file.

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Updated 04 Nov 2019

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First off, this an improvement on the code found here:
https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/47055-cell-array-to-csv-file-improved-cell2csv-m

Credits to the original and previous authors for their work that this was built on.

This updated function:
- Improves performance when saving over network drives DRASTICALLY (by removing loop)
- Occasionally improves performance over local drive compared to previous cell2csv.m
- Improved performance over built-in writecell()
- Adds ability to set access permissions to output csv file (write, append, etc)
- Adds ability to set floating point precision (old cell2csv would typically limit at %.4f, and writecell is always %.15f)

Here are some timings I recorded on my computer:
% Input
>> x = [{'This', 'is', 'a', 'cell', 'time', 'test.'}; num2cell([(1:50000)', rand(50000,5)])];

On network:
% Compare to writecell
>> tic; cell2csv('new_cell2csv.csv', x, '%.15f'); toc
Elapsed time is 20.277467 seconds.
>> tic; writecell(x, 'writecell.csv'); toc
Elapsed time is 20.393940 seconds.

% Compare to old cell2csv
>> tic; cell2csv('new_cell2csv.csv', x); toc
Elapsed time is 19.339022 seconds.
>> tic; cell2csv('old_cell2csv.csv', x); toc
Elapsed time is 123.579863 seconds.

On local drive:
% Compare to writecell
>> tic; cell2csv('new_cell2csv.csv', x, '%.15f'); toc
Elapsed time is 18.165537 seconds.
>> tic; writecell(x, 'writecell.csv'); toc
Elapsed time is 21.017945 seconds.

% Compare to old cell2csv
>> tic; cell2csv('new_cell2csv.csv', x); toc
Elapsed time is 17.986039 seconds.
>> tic; cell2csv('old_cell2csv.csv', x); toc
Elapsed time is 14.386261 seconds.

Overall, it's a win!

Cite As

gwoo (2021). Faster Cell Array to CSV-file [more improved cell2csv.m] (https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/73240-faster-cell-array-to-csv-file-more-improved-cell2csv-m), MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2019b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux
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Inspired: fcell2csv - Fastest Cell Array to CSV-file

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