convert the cell array to double

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sarfudeen on 27 Oct 2014
Edited: sarfudeen on 28 Oct 2014
I have a cell array of size 31685 X 59. I want convert into a double. I used str2double but it takes longer duration of 130 sec for execution of the conversion.Please suggest me a alternative way to make it faster to lesser than 5 sec.
The first two columns in the cell array are of Date and Time.
Awaiting for earlier response...
Regards, M. Sarfudeen
sarfudeen on 28 Oct 2014
Hi Jan,
My code as follows:
[File,Path] = uigetfile({'*.csv','MultiSelect','ON');
fmt = '%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q%q';
z = ischar(File);
if z == 0
num = length(File)
temp = cell(1,num);
parfor i = 1: num
fid1 = fopen(fullfile(Path,File{1,i}),'r');
temp(i) = textscan(fid1,fmt,'Delimiter',',','CollectOutput',1);
This is my code for reading the multiple csv files.
The temp stores the data as cell array of strings. I would like to convert the temp to double using str2double but it takes too much of time (approx... 130 sec) as my files are of 365 files.
The first column is of Date with format as 'yyyy-mm-dd'
The second column is of Time with format as 'HH:MM:SS'
Kindly please provide me solution which makes the conversion as fast as possible at the earliest.
I am using Matlab R2012b version.

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Answers (2)

Orion on 27 Oct 2014
if your cell array contains only doubles, then use cell2mat.
C = {1 2 ; 3 4};
M = cell2mat(C);

sarfudeen on 27 Oct 2014
I used A = cell2mat(CellArray) but the error message is of:
Cannot support cell arrays containing cell arrays or objects.
Error in repowerver1/sm1Callback (line 537) A = double(cell2mat(tempdata));
Error while evaluating uimenu Callback
The data format of cell array is of string

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