The introductory example (see Basic Usage of Cell Arrays) showed how to create a cell array containing currently available variables. In many situations, however, it is useful to create a cell array and then fill it with data.

The `cell`

function returns a cell array of a given size, containing
empty matrices. This function is similar to the `zeros`

function for creating new numerical arrays. The following example creates
a 2-by-2 cell array containing empty matrices

c = cell (2,2) ⇒ c = { [1,1] = [](0x0) [2,1] = [](0x0) [1,2] = [](0x0) [2,2] = [](0x0) }

Just like numerical arrays, cell arrays can be multi-dimensional. The
`cell`

function accepts any number of positive integers to describe
the size of the returned cell array. It is also possible to set the size
of the cell array through a vector of positive integers. In the
following example two cell arrays of equal size are created, and the size
of the first one is displayed

c1 = cell (3, 4, 5); c2 = cell ( [3, 4, 5] ); size (c1) ⇒ ans = 3 4 5

As can be seen, the size function also works for cell arrays. As do other functions describing the size of an object, such as length, numel, rows, and columns.

- :
`C`=**cell**`(`

¶`n`) - :
`C`=**cell**`(`

¶`m`,`n`) - :
`C`=**cell**`(`

¶`m`,`n`,`k`, …) - :
`C`=**cell**`([`

¶`m``n`…]) Create a new cell array object.

If invoked with a single scalar integer argument, return a square NxN cell array. If invoked with two or more scalar integer arguments, or a vector of integer values, return an array with the given dimensions.

**See also:**cellstr, mat2cell, num2cell, struct2cell.

As an alternative to creating empty cell arrays, and then filling them, it
is possible to convert numerical arrays into cell arrays using the
`num2cell`

, `mat2cell`

and `cellslices`

functions.

- :
`C`=**num2cell**`(`

¶`A`) - :
`C`=**num2cell**`(`

¶`A`,`dim`) Convert the numeric matrix

`A`to a cell array.When no

`dim`is specified, each element of`A`becomes a 1x1 element in the output`C`.If

`dim`is defined then individual elements of`C`contain all of the elements from`A`along the specified dimension.`dim`may also be a vector of dimensions with the same rule applied.For example:

x = [1,2;3,4] ⇒ 1 2 3 4 ## each element of A becomes a 1x1 element of C num2cell (x) ⇒ { [1,1] = 1 [2,1] = 3 [1,2] = 2 [2,2] = 4 } ## all rows (dim 1) of A appear in each element of C num2cell (x, 1) ⇒ { [1,1] = 1 3 [1,2] = 2 4 } ## all columns (dim 2) of A appear in each element of C num2cell (x, 2) ⇒ { [1,1] = 1 2 [2,1] = 3 4 } ## all rows and cols appear in each element of C ## (hence, only 1 output) num2cell (x, [1, 2]) ⇒ { [1,1] = 1 2 3 4 }

**See also:**mat2cell.

- :
`C`=**mat2cell**`(`

¶`A`,`dim1`,`dim2`, …,`dimi`, …,`dimn`) - :
`C`=**mat2cell**`(`

¶`A`,`rowdim`) Convert the matrix

`A`to a cell array`C`.Each dimension argument (

`dim1`,`dim2`, etc.) is a vector of integers which specifies how to divide that dimension’s elements amongst the new elements in the output`C`. The number of elements in the`i`-th dimension is`size (`

. Because all elements in`A`,`i`)`A`must be partitioned, there is a requirement that`sum (`

. The size of the output cell`dimi`) == size (`A`, i)`C`is numel (`dim1`) x numel (`dim2`) x … x numel (`dimn`).Given a single dimensional argument,

`rowdim`, the output is divided into rows as specified. All other dimensions are not divided and thus all columns (dim 2), pages (dim 3), etc. appear in each output element.Examples

x = reshape (1:12, [3, 4])' ⇒ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

## The 4 rows (dim1) are divided in to two cell elements ## with 2 rows each. ## The 3 cols (dim2) are divided in to three cell elements ## with 1 col each. mat2cell (x, [2,2], [1,1,1]) ⇒ { [1,1] = 1 4 [2,1] = 7 10 [1,2] = 2 5 [2,2] = 8 11 [1,3] = 3 6 [2,3] = 9 12 }

## The 4 rows (dim1) are divided in to two cell elements ## with a 3/1 split. ## All columns appear in each output element. mat2cell (x, [3,1]) ⇒ { [1,1] = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 [2,1] = 10 11 12 }

- :
`sl`=**cellslices**`(`

¶`x`,`lb`,`ub`,`dim`) Given an array

`x`, this function produces a cell array of slices from the array determined by the index vectors`lb`,`ub`, for lower and upper bounds, respectively.In other words, it is equivalent to the following code:

n = length (lb); sl = cell (1, n); for i = 1:length (lb) sl{i} = x(:,...,lb(i):ub(i),...,:); endfor

The position of the index is determined by

`dim`. If not specified, slicing is done along the first non-singleton dimension.**See also:**cell2mat, cellindexmat, cellfun.