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Using a Loop to read and store information?

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I have data stored in 10 different excel documents. Each document has the same table-like format. My goal is to read the information I want to use from the excel data, load it into my script, and reorganize it into a new excel sheet. For this question, I want to know if there is a way that I can use a while or for loop to load my data, rather than type out load for each document.
Each excel document is titled in ascending order, such as 'a1', 'a2' ... 'a10'


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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 14 Jan 2021


Gabriela Garcia
Gabriela Garcia on 15 Jan 2021
This helped me to load the data, thank you!
But I was not clear that I wanted this data in a table or matrix format so that I might compare them. I am relatively new to Matlab, so I am not sure if I can use this function to also read each excel as a matrix within the loop?
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 15 Jan 2021
dinfo = dir('a*.xlsx');
filenames = {};
filenames = natsortfiles(filenames);
numfiles = length(filenames);
datacell = cell(numfiles,1);
for K = 1 : numfiles
datacell{K} = readmatrix(filenames{K});
Now you can examine datacell{1}, datacell{2} and so on.
This code does not assume that the matrices are all the same size.
In the special case that they are all the same size, then
data = cat(3, datacell{:});
would create a 3D matrix where the third dimension corresponds to different files.

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