Importing Excel from MATLAB

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Tati Pati
Tati Pati on 3 Dec 2021
Commented: Mathieu NOE on 7 Dec 2021
Hello experts I have three directories
'directorybase1', 'directorybase2', 'directorybase3'
Inside each of these directions there is respective excel file Sheetal.xlsx, Sheeta2.xlsx, Sheeta3xlsx.
Notice that the names of the directories and the Sheets within have commonality..
How can I using Matlab
1- pull out these three excel files? 2- read them and stored the somewhere the data in seperate variables
I am looking for help specifically in a way to generalize in case there are many folders and not only 3
Thank you very much
Tati Pati
Tati Pati on 3 Dec 2021
Thank you. It's is the former. There is exactly on xlsx file per subdirectory that has common prefix with the others.

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Mathieu NOE
Mathieu NOE on 3 Dec 2021
my 2 cents suggestion for looping over folders and files
this can be further refined if you need an additionnal loop to retrieve multiple sheets from the excel files.
I use this excellent FEX submission to make sure the files are loaded accordingly to their natural name sorting (what matlab does not by default)
%% define path
yourpath = pwd; % or your specific path
list=dir(pwd); %get info of files/folders in current directory
isfile=~[list.isdir]; %determine index of files vs folders
sheet = 1; % specify which sheet to be processed (my demo) - if needed
%% Loop on each folder
for ci = 1:length(dirnames) %
fileDir = char(dirnames(ci));
S = dir(fullfile(fileDir,'Sheeta*.xlsx')); % get list of data files in directory
S = natsortfiles(S); % sort file names into natural order (what matlab does not) , see FEX :
%% Loop inside folder
for k = 1:length(S) % read data in specified sheet
data = xlsread(fullfile(fileDir, S(k).name),sheet); % or use a structure (S(k).data ) to store the full data structure
% your own code here for data processing. this is just for my demo
% for now :
title_str = [fileDir ' / ' S(k).name ' / sheet : ' num2str(sheet)];
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Mathieu NOE
Mathieu NOE on 7 Dec 2021
problem solved ?

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