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How to add variable names for each column when using array2table

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I have an array with 7 columns, and want to convert it to a table with certain variable names for each column. Thanks

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David Fletcher
David Fletcher on 8 Apr 2018
a=[1 2 3 4 5 6 7;1 2 3 4 5 6 7]
b=array2table(a,'VariableNames',{'col1','col2','col3','col4','col5','col6','col7'})

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Abdul Suleman
Abdul Suleman on 18 Dec 2019
Dear David,
My problem is sligthly different than the one to answered to. In my problem the number of columns is not fixed: may be e.g 3, 5 or 10. I wand to label those columns acccording to their number, which is not fixed. Suppose I have 5 columns in an particular dymanic context. Then I want to use a for statetement to create the labels 'col1', ..., 'col5' and use array2table for these five columns. Can you please help me in this issue?
Thank you for your time.
Best wishes,
Abdul

Bill Tubbs
Bill Tubbs on 16 Jun 2021
Edited: Bill Tubbs on 16 Jun 2021
I wrote a function to do it:
function T = array2table_with_name(X, label, sep)
% T = array2table_with_name(X, label) converts the
% matrix X to a table with custom column labels such
% as 'A1', 'A2', ... etc. if label is 'A' or 'A_1',
% 'A_2', ... etc. if sep (optional) is '_'.
if nargin == 2
sep = '';
end
assert(numel(size(X)) == 2)
n_cols = size(X, 2);
col_names = compose(strcat(label, sep, '%d'), 1:n_cols);
T = array2table(X, 'VariableNames', col_names);
end
The nice thing about this function is that you can label the columns when X is an expression.
Example:
>> array2table_with_name(X.^2, 'X_sq', '_')
ans =
2×3 table
X_sq_1 X_sq_2 X_sq_3
_______ ______ _________
0.67779 8.3869 3.1085
0.62707 3.0209 0.0029565

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