How to read the text files sequentially?

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I have 15 text files such as CASE1,CASE2.... CASE15. I would like to read all these files sequentially and use for some calculations inside nested loops. I tried this code
for k=1:15
textFilename=['CASE' num2str(k) '.txt'];
id=fopen('C:\Documents and Settings\guestaskin\Desktop\model\textFilename','rt');
textdata=textscan(id,'%s%s');
fclose(id);
end
However, it gives an error like that .. ''Invalid file identifier. Use fopen to generate a valid file identifier.''
Could you tell me what is wrong in this code and how can I make it work ?
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Stephen23
Stephen23 on 26 Jun 2017
See Image Analyst's answer for a good explanation and solution. Storing the filenames is not required.

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Richard
Richard on 21 Jun 2012
The main problem you have here is that you have not stored each of the text file names.
The code shown below should solve this:
textFilename = cell(1,15);
id = cell(1,15);
for k=1:15;
textFilename{k} = fullfile('C:\Documents and Settings\guestaskin\Desktop\model',['CASE' num2str(k) '.txt']);
id{k} = fopen(textFilename{k},'rt');
textdata{k} = textscan(id{k},'%s%s');
fclose(id{k});
end
So, here you create two empty cell arrays, the first stores the different file names, and the seconds stored the id. The remainder of the code should work as long as the files are stored in the files you specified. The error just states that you have not defined a correct file name. By creating the filename by parts (using fullfile) you are able to generate a different filename for each of the text files. Hope this helps.
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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 25 Jun 2012
He doesn't need to store each of the filenames. They can be temporary and reused during each iteration. Moreover, he doesn't need to store the file ID's. Why complicate things with storing those in a cell array when they don't need to be???

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 25 Jun 2012
The main problem is that you didn't construct the filename properly. You hard coded textFilename into the string instead of the contents of the textFilename variable into the string. Here's a better, more robust way of doing it (untested since I don't have your files)
folder = 'C:\Documents and Settings\guestaskin\Desktop\model';
for k=1:15
baseFilename = sprintf('CASE%d.txt', k);
fullFileName = fullfile(folder, baseFileName);
if exist(fullFileName, 'file')
id=fopen(\textFilename','rt');
textdata{k} = textscan(id,'%s%s');
fclose(id);
else
warningMessage = sprintf('Warning: file does not exist:\n%s', fullFileName);
uiwait(warndlg(warningMessage);
textdata{k} = warningMessage;
end
end

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