I stumbled across a feature in Anaconda’s Spyder that I wasn’t aware of previously. (Perhaps the feature was quietly introduced in a release where I didn’t read the release notes.)
In the past when working with Matlab data files, I would use something like:
import scipy.io mat = scipy.io.loadmat('file.mat')
It looks like it is even easier than that and it is particularly useful for data exploration where you don’t want to write code and create a script only to see what is inside a Matlab data file.
Anaconda Spyder’s data import function inside the Variable Explorer window has the option to import Matlab files with the .mat extension. A bit of a nice time saver!