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I am using the following code:
names = fieldnames(data); % extract names of features
for i = 1:5
class(i) = data.names{i};
where data is a struct, and names obviously contains the fieldnames. What I basically want to do is to extract certain field from data, and put them into an array. How can this be done (my attribution in the second last line does not work). Many thanks
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Jan on 28 Feb 2017
Avoid to shadow the Matlab command "class" by a varaible.

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Guillaume on 28 Feb 2017
See this page from the doc. Basically,
class(i) = data.(names{i});
MiauMiau on 28 Feb 2017
That doesn't do what I want at all. For instance if i = 1, it does not take the first string from the names cell, but it takes the first field of the data struct...
Guillaume on 28 Feb 2017
Edited: Guillaume on 28 Feb 2017
I do not understand what you want then. Can you give a small example of an input and desired output.
The first string from the names cell array is simply:

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KSSV on 28 Feb 2017
N = 10 ;
data = struct ;
for i = 1:N
data(i).name = randseq(5) ;
data(i).Age = randi(100,1) ;
data(i).city = randseq(10) ;
% pick the Ages
fields = fieldnames(data); % extract names of features
Age_array = zeros(N,1) ;
for i = 1:N
Age_array(i) = getfield(data(i), fields{2});

maxroucool on 19 Oct 2017
Hi MiauMiau,
I am little late, but i guess I have the same problem. If names were numbers, the answer would be :
class = [data.names];
But in our case Names are letters and it generates a single var concatenating all the names together... Does anyone has the solution?
maxroucool on 19 Oct 2017
Hi Jan,
I did not hijack, since I have the same problem and it was not answered... Anyway, thanks for your answer it's perfect!
Guillaume on 19 Oct 2017
The box where you wrote your question is clearly marked "Answer this question". You are not answering the question, therefore you shouldn't have used that box.
The only way people get rewarded (increase in reputation) for answering other people questions is when people mark their answer as accepted or vote for their answer. Because you hijacked the answer box, we're forced to answer you in a comment which cannot be voted on or accepted. Hence we don't get any reward.
So please, in the future ask your question as a new question. If it relates to another question you can link to it in your own question and leave a comment in the other question linking to yours.

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