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Re: importing mat format doesn't import variable names

It seems that Import extracts only numerical data and loses the variable 
names from MAT files.

OK, how about an Export problem?

Let's say I have two arrays:

How can I save both of these to a MAT file?

I can save either one, e.g.:

But if I try to:

The resulting file size is 0 and the Import consequently fails.

Any way to export more than one matrix to a MAT file?

What I would really like to do is save all the currently defined 
variables to a MAT file. I tried:


But that fails in the same way as the preceeding example when there is 
more than one variable defined.

Tomas Garza wrote:
> Could you give us a small example of the file you're trying to import 
> (perhaps 3 x 3), including the variable names?
> Tomas Garza
> Mexico City
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Ben Barrowes" <barrowes at>
To: mathgroup at
> Subject: [mg53511]  importing mat format doesn't import variable names
>>This is a very responsive ng. Thanks!
>>When I Import["file","MAT"] files, the variable name information is
>>lost. Is this the normal behavior? Or is there a switch I can specify to
>>import the variable names as well?
>>For example, if file.mat has two variables, foo (3x3) and bar (3x3), and
>>I Import it, all I get is 1 nested List for a result.
>>However, they are simply numbers with no names associated with the list.
>>I know I could do:
>>but I was wondering if there was a way to Import variable names without
>>specifying them explicitly. The information is in the .mat file. Why
>>doesn't Mathematica extract it?
>>Similarly, when I Export a matrix into a mat file, will the variable
>>name be lost?
>>Ben Barrowes

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