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Topic: why does a cell look different when it is a field in a struct?
Replies: 2   Last Post: Dec 5, 2012 1:49 PM

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 matt dash Posts: 641 Registered: 4/18/08
Re: why does a cell look different when it is a field in a struct?
Posted: Dec 5, 2012 1:22 PM

"Nasser M. Abbasi" wrote in message <k9ngld\$fsc\$1@speranza.aioe.org>...
> Matlab 2012a
>
> I am not good with cells. but this is strange:
>
> ---------------------
> clear all;
> A = {'A' 'a';'B' 'c'};
> s = struct('data',{A(:,1)'});
> ------------------------
>
> Now I typed:
>
> -----------------
> r1 = {A(:,1)'}
> r2 = s.data
> -----------------
>
> Isn't the above 2 variable supposed to contain the same thing?
>
> But see:
>
> ---------------------
> r1 =
> {1x2 cell}
>
>
> r2 =
> 'A' 'B'
> ---------------------
>
> I am confused now. Why are they different?
>
> --Nasser

This has something to do with how the struct function handles cell arrays as inputs. It's basically peeling off that cell that you are putting around A(:,1)'. Note that A(:,1)' is already a cell array, so there's normally no need to put {} around it... but the way the struct function works you need the extra { } to tell it that you want to make a scalar structure (instead of distributing each cell of A to a different index of a non-scalar structure).

Date Subject Author
12/5/12 Nasser Abbasi
12/5/12 matt dash
12/5/12 matt dash