Asked by NIKOS
on 22 Jan 2014

i dont want elements of the same column. i want to create vectors whose sum is smaller than a number and put them in a new matrix

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Answer by Roger Stafford
on 13 Feb 2014

I had put your problem aside, Nikos, and only got around to working it out today. I have taken one liberty with your request. In the G matrix of your last example the first element was always set to a fixed zero value which seems rather useless to bother with, so in this routine that first element is allowed to increase above zero. Therefore the rows of G will contain all possible sequences of n elements in which each element is a non-negative integer greater than the previous element and for which their entire sum is less than the number N. The rows of G will be in lexicographical order. You may enter any value of n you wish (provided there is enough memory to hold the resulting G.) You will note that this routine appears to repeat itself once. That is because I could discover no easy formula for the required number of rows in G in terms of N and n, so the first pass simply makes a count of the necessary number the brute force way, and then allocates the proper amount of memory space for G. On the second pass it proceeds to fill G. This is admittedly rather repetitious, but it beats trying to concatenate rows onto an unallocated G one-row-at-a-time, which could slow you down rather seriously for large values of N and n.

N = 33; % Set N and n to your desired values n = 5;

N2 = N - n*(n-1)/2; for p = 1:2 a = -ones(1,n); s = -ones(1,n); k = 1; j = 0; while k >= 1 if s(k)+1+(a(k)+1)*(n-k) < N2 a(k:n) = repmat(a(k)+1,1,n-k+1); s(k:n) = cumsum([s(k)+1,a(k+1:n)]); k = n; j = j + 1; if p == 2 % Wait for the second pass to fill G G(j,:) = a; end else k = k - 1; end end if p == 1 % Allocate space for G at the end of the first pass G = zeros(j,n); end end G = G + repmat(0:n-1,size(G,1),1);

Roger Stafford
on 14 Feb 2014

Answer by Roger Stafford
on 14 Feb 2014

Nikos, there is a better way of determining the number of rows in G. It is not a formula but involves an iteration that is much quicker that making two passes as the other method does. Here is the complete code:

N = 82; % Choose the desired N. It must be greater than n*(n-1)/2 n = 12; % Choose n N2 = N - n*(n-1)/2; C = zeros(N2,n); % Set up a table for computing the number of combinations C(:,1) = (1:N2)'; for k = 2:n for q = 1:N2 C(q,k) = sum(C(q:-k:1,k-1)); end end % C(N2,n) has the number of combinations at exit here G = zeros(C(N2,n),n); % Now we can allocate memory for G a = -ones(1,n); s = -ones(1,n); k = 1; j = 0; while k >= 1 if s(k)+1+(a(k)+1)*(n-k) < N2 a(k:n) = repmat(a(k)+1,1,n-k+1); s(k:n) = cumsum([s(k)+1,a(k+1:n)]); k = n; j = j + 1; G(j,:) = a; else k = k - 1; end end G = G + repmat(0:n-1,size(G,1),1);

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## 4 Comments

## Roger Stafford (view profile)

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Your description leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Are these elements to be integers, non-negative integers, positive integers? What is meant by "i dont want elements of the same column"? Do you mean the elements of each column should all be different? Is this "new matrix" to be formed by all possible such columns? What size are the columns to be? What is the number that is larger than the sum that is mentioned?

Could you please give an explicit example of what you want.

## Azzi Abdelmalek (view profile)

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You can also give a short example to illustrate what you want

## NIKOS (view profile)

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the size of the given matrix is not standard.it will be given as input to the problem.All elements are positive integers.the columns of the matrix represent different kind of sources.So if the matrix has 3 columns i am looking for combinations of 3 elements.each combination must have one element of each column.The sum of each combination must be smaller than a number.this number will be given as input too.

N = 50; k = 4; d = zeros(N,k);

for i = 2:k

this is the matrix i created.

## NIKOS (view profile)

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this is an example of what i want.but it is made to run only for k=4.i want to generalize it to run for every input to k variable

g=zeros(1,4); N=50; j=1; g(1)=0;

for k = g(1)+1 :N

end