How to automatically import multiple column vectors into Matlab from multiple .csv files using Live Script and a For Loop?

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Hello, I'm a coding and generally computing aliterate. I've used Matlab to evaluate data for my experiments in the University and now I'm also using it at work. Normally I get a large set of .csv files which I can individually import into Matlab. Today I found a tool "Import Data" and I've been experimenting with it, but I can't find a way to "add" into the Live Script a "For Loop code" so that the Files will automatically be read one by one storing my data into column vectors (arrays) with the same name but different numbers. Example: Pol_X_W, Pol_X_I, where X can be 000, 005, 010, 015... and so on. And also reading it from the same files by those arbitraty X numbers. I have no clue how a computer works, so I really would need you to explain to me either how the computer itself processes that information, so that I can find extra information on that on the web and then figure out a coding method or maybe theres a generic solution I haven't tried out. More specifically I just need the computer to understand that X is a variable that has to run throu a list of numbers I want to choose within the "Live Script" of the Data Import Tool.
Here is what the Code looks like:
Set up the Import Options and import the data
opts = delimitedTextImportOptions("NumVariables", 2);
% Specify range and delimiter
opts.DataLines = [2, Inf];
opts.Delimiter = ",";
% Specify column names and types
opts.VariableNames = ["Pol_20_W", "Pol_20_I"];
opts.VariableTypes = ["double", "double"];
% Specify file level properties
opts.ExtraColumnsRule = "ignore";
opts.EmptyLineRule = "read";
% Import the data
tbl = readtable("/Users/User/Downl/Po/Spectrum_pol_020.csv", opts);
Convert to output type
Pol_20_W = tbl.Pol_20_W;
Pol_20_I = tbl.Pol_20_I;
Clear temporary variables
clear opts tbl
The 20 could be 020 I don't mind, but I would like to put 'X' and make a list of all the posible X values and automatically go throu them... cuz they are like 80 files... Thank you so much for reading this.
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Manuel Rodrigo Lomas Anza
The CSV files are like two colomns each with a title and then a set of 1340 rows. so they are like two 1341x2 matrices. And the Output I was looking for was separate column vectors. Like 1340x1 colomuns. But if you know how to manage these files in 1340x80 choosing arbitrarily which column goes to what matrix/tbl... that would be dope too.

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Highphi
Highphi on 9 Feb 2022
here ya go:
opts = delimitedTextImportOptions("NumVariables", 2);
% Specify range and delimiter
opts.DataLines = [2, Inf];
opts.Delimiter = ",";
% Specify column names and types
% opts.VariableNames = ["Pol_20_W", "Pol_20_I"]; leave this out for now
opts.VariableTypes = ["double", "double"];
% Specify file level properties
opts.ExtraColumnsRule = "ignore";
opts.EmptyLineRule = "read";
for i = 1:80 % or whatever number, just follow the logic below
myNumber = num2str(i); % convert number to string
if length(myNumber) == 1
myNumber = ['0', myNumber]; % if less than 10 -> if you go over 100 this needs to be tweaked
end
varName1 = ['Pol_', myNumber, '_W'];
varName2 = ['Pol_', myNumber, '_I'];
opts.VariableNames = [varName1, varName2]; % NOW we use it
csvFilename = ['/Users/User/Downl/Po/Spectrum_pol_0', myNumber, '.csv'];
tbl = readtable(csvFilename, opts);
eval(['values_W = tbl.', varName1, ';'];
eval(['values_I = tbl.', varName2, ';'];
% ^ do all of that inside the for loop, going through all files
% then do something with values_W & values_I
% check out the table2array function for more user friendly matrices
end
clear opts
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Highphi
Highphi on 9 Feb 2022
of course!
hm, Pol_#_W it should never be 0 because we're starting at i = 0
but I also see that the evals forgot the ')' at the end (easy fix)
do you think you could give me a sample file of the data so I can actually import it? that would help me fully solve this :)

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