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Ugly Data App

Posted by Richard Ruff,

Richard is a Consultant at MathWorks focused on the Embedded Coder product for code generation, primarily in the Aerospace
Richard’s pick this week is Ugly Data App by Adam Sifounakis.


Non-Uniform Contourf

Posted by Jiro Doke,

Jiro‘s pick this week is non-uniform contourf/imagesc/colorbar by Yuxin Jiang.I discovered this File Exchange entry after seeing a question (note, the question is in Japanese) on MATLAB Answers. The user wanted to create a contourf with a particular color at a given range. There are probably a number of ways… read more >>

Let It Snow

Posted by Sean de Wolski,

Sean‘s pick this week is LetItSnow by Richard Moore.

It’s pretty simple, for those of us on the east coast of the US: let it snow! Download the file to see the pretty animation.

And by that I…

Looking back: 2017 in review

Posted by Brett Shoelson,

And so 2017 comes to an end. And here again, to close out a year of exciting File Exchange Contributions: our annual review of our Picks of the year.

You can read the original blog posts for each of these picks by clicking on the names of the files and following… read more >>

Star Wars API Reader

Posted by Sean de Wolski,

Sean‘s pick this week is Star Wars API Reader by Heather Gorr.

What is the average height of an Ewok?

allspecies = swapiread(‘species’);
allspecies( == “Ewok”, ‘average_height’)
ans =

Download Stock Data

Posted by Jiro Doke,

Jiro‘s pick this week is “Historical Stock Data Download (alternate Method)” by Captain Awesome.I’m not an expert in stocks, but I stumbled upon this entry when I received a question from a training customer asking about the now removed Datafeed Toolbox function, yahoo. Earlier this year, Yahoo! changed their API,… read more >>

Minimizing energy to segment images, or cluster data

Posted by Brett Shoelson,

Brett‘s Pick this week is Pottslab – Multilabel segmentation of vectorial data, by Martin.
Segmenting images and clustering data are very common challenges, for which MATLAB (and MathWorks Toolboxes) provide numerous solutions. Martin’s Potts-energy-based approach works beautifully for some difficult cases. Consider the ‘lighthouse.png’ image that ships with the Image Processing… read more >>

Line – Goto From Tool

Posted by Sean de Wolski,

Sean‘s pick this week is Line – Goto From Tool by McSCert.

While reading Guy’s post about the new signal highlighting capabilities in R2017b, I was reminded of this nice utility.

If you would like to declutter…


Posted by Will Campbell,

Will‘s pick this week is getElevations by Jaroslaw Tuszynski.
Always a fan of simple, effective utilities, I couldn’t pass up selecting this useful little function. I discovered it while searching for code that would provide the altitude of any location on the Earth’s surface. My specific use case related to some… read more >>

Get Computer MAC Address

Posted by Sean de Wolski,

Sean‘s pick this week is Get Computer MAC Address by Xiangrui Li.

What is a MAC Address and what is it used for? I like the description in the answer to this howtogeek question.

The reason…