I'm looking for the best way to save big (both full and sparse) matrices in files. What I need to be able to do is:

– Read only certain entries from the file (certain matrix entries, that is)

– Create a sparse matrix in MATLAB from this file without creating a full matrix first (assuming the file contains a sparse matrix, of course)

The reason is quite simple: The nonsparse matrices will be too big to be stored into memory as a full matrix.

I read about the CDF file format which I'm not yet familiar with, so I don't know if it's possible to create a sparse matrix in Matlab from a CDF File?

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