How can I read all text files in a folder without making a struct?

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Robert
Robert on 18 Jun 2015
Commented: Alex castilla on 16 Apr 2018
Using the function x = dir ('*.txt') gives a struct (1x127)
I want to read my 127 text files (matrices) in individually, not in a struct, how can I do it?
Alternatively how can I extract the 127 matrices from a struct?
Thank you in advance for any help

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 18 Jun 2015
x = dir ('*.txt') does return a struct but it is a struct of information about the files, not a struct of the data. It basically tells you want the names of the files are (and sizes and last modified and things like that.) You still need to do the loading.
For example,
dinfo = dir('*.txt');
for K = 1 : length(dinfo)
thisfilename = dinfo(K).name; %just the name
thisdata = load(thisfilename); %load just this file
fprintf( 'File #%d, "%s", maximum value was: %g\n', K, thisfilename, max(thisdata(:)) ); %do something with the data
end
If you already know the names then you don't need to use dir() to tell them to you. For example,
for K = 1 : 42
thisfilename = sprintf('qwerty_%04d.txt', K);
thisdata = load(thisfilename); %load just this file
fprintf( 'File #%d, "%s", maximum value was: %g\n', K, thisfilename, max(thisdata(:)) ); %do something with the data
end
to load qwerty_0001.txt, qwerty_0002.txt ... qwerty_0042.txt
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