Cell array of Cells to Cell array of Strings

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Hopefully this is a fairly simple question, but I am new to Matlab and am having difficulty converting a cell array of cells to a cell array of strings. What I have is a cell array (z_TestImport) that contains a 1x2 array of cells. What I'd like is a cell array of strings.
How do I go about doing this?
If it would make it even easier I am arriving at the cell array of cells by using the import function below. Maybe the cell array of cells can be avoided during the import.
z_TestImport = textscan(z_Test,'%q %q','HeaderLines',1);
Thanks a lot, Brian

Accepted Answer

Matt Tearle
Matt Tearle on 27 Dec 2011
Ah yes. This is a classic.
data = [z_TestImport{:}];
is probably what you're looking for.
The other option is to use the CollectOutput option to textscan (set it to true). However, you still get a cell containing all the data, so you're still left with a line like
data = z_TestImport{1};

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 27 Dec 2011
Please recheck what you have written. If z_Test is a 1 x 2 array of cells, then you would not be able to use it as the first argument to textscan(), as the first argument to textscan() must be either a file identifier or a plain string.
If z_Test is instead a file identifier or a string, then z_TestImport would be a cell array with two columns, each of which was a cell array of strings -- the arrangement you describe z_Test as being. Try
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Brian on 27 Dec 2011
Sorry about that - I edited the original question

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