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# Moving the contents in the cell array

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data = {'abc' , 'def' , 'ghi'}
I have a cell array named data. Now i need to move the contents to another index in the same array and delete the older contents.
for example: data([4 5 6]) = data
This will give the result as data = {'abc' , 'def' , 'ghi', 'abc' , 'def' , 'ghi'}. Instead of this i just need to move the contents based on the index number and empty the contents in the older position.
Answer should be like this,
data = {[],[],[],'abc' , 'def' , 'ghi'}
How can i do it?
Thanks a lot
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### Answers (4)

Stephen Cobeldick on 2 Sep 2016
Edited: Stephen Cobeldick on 2 Sep 2016
>> data = {'abc' , 'def' , 'ghi'};
>> data(4:6) = data;
>> data(1:3) = {[]}
data =
[] [] [] 'abc' 'def' 'ghi'
OR
>> data = [repmat({[]},1,numel(data)),data]
data =
[] [] [] 'abc' 'def' 'ghi'
OR
>> data(4:6) = {[]};
>> data = circshift(data,[1,3])
data =
[] [] [] 'abc' 'def' 'ghi'
OR
>> tmp = {[]};
>> data = circshift([data,tmp([1,1,1])],[1,3])
data =
[] [] [] 'abc' 'def' 'ghi'
OR
>> data(2,:) = {[]};
>> data = reshape(flipud(data)',1,[])
data =
[] [] [] 'abc' 'def' 'ghi'
OR
>> data = repmat(data,1,2);
>> data(1:3) = {[]}
data =
[] [] [] 'abc' 'def' 'ghi'
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Azzi Abdelmalek on 2 Sep 2016
data = {'abc' , 'def' , 'ghi'}
data1([4 5 6])=data
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Walter Roberson on 10 Jan 2019
new_variable = name_of_cell{row_index, column_index};
imshow(new_variable)
but note that imshow() would be happy with
imshow( name_of_cell{row_index, column_index} );

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KSSV on 2 Sep 2016
data = {'abc' , 'def' , 'ghi'} ;
iwant = cell(1,6) ;
iwant(4:6) = data ;
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I want to move it in the same cell array. Not by shifting it to another new cell array

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KSSV on 2 Sep 2016
data = [cell(1,3) data]
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KSSV on 2 Sep 2016
That case you have to initialize the cells empty with some name...and replace your data with the indices...like get iwant and rename it as data again...

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