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I have many files in a folder named "mat_files". What I want to do is to load the files and get their values. Below is my code:
a = dir('mat_files');
for i = 3:length(a);
filename = a(i).name;
load strcat('mat_files/', filename);
This is the error:
Error using load
Unable to read file 'filename': no such file or directory.
When I type a(3).name in the command window, I get the correct filename of "ex0219.mat". Of course, I can load the data by typing "load ex0219.mat". Clearly load a(3).name does not work. I also tried load (a(3).name), which does not work either.
Leon on 8 Dec 2013
Edited: Leon on 8 Dec 2013
Thank you so much for the tip. I missed the path of the files when using load. But why
load strcat('mat_files/', filename) ;
does not work either?

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 8 Dec 2013
A smiple modification gives you the answer:
myFolder = 'C:\users\leon\documents'; % or whatever.
if ~isdir(myFolder)
errorMessage = sprintf('Error: The following folder does not exist:\n%s', myFolder);
filePattern = fullfile(myFolder, '*.mat');
matFiles = dir(filePattern);
for k = 1:length(matFiles)
baseFileName = matFiles(k).name;
fullFileName = fullfile(myFolder, baseFileName);
fprintf(1, 'Now reading %s\n', fullFileName);
storedStructure = load(fullFileName);
% Now do whatever you need to do with the structure you recalled.
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Leon on 8 Dec 2013
Edited: Leon on 8 Dec 2013
Thank you for the code. Glad to learn the use of "fullfile". It works flawlessly!

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sixwwwwww on 8 Dec 2013
Edited: sixwwwwww on 8 Dec 2013
you should read files like this:
directoryString = 'YourDirectory';
files = dir(strcat(directoryString,'*.mat'));
names = {}
I hope it helps. Good luck!
Leon on 8 Dec 2013
Edited: Leon on 8 Dec 2013
>> filename{1}
ans =
After I replace filename with filename{1}, it is working now. Thank you so much!

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