Asked by Walter Roberson
on 4 Jan 2012

You would think I would know this by now, but I never had reason to program it before.

Is there a good idiom for efficiently checking that two arrays are the same size *or* are row and column vectors of the same length?

For example, this kind of check would be used to find out whether two arrays are assignment-compatible, or to find out if two arrays are compatible for plot() purposes.

The code I have come up with feels overly complicated:

szA = size(A); szB = size(B);

if isequal(szA,szB) || ... (sum(szA==1) == 1 && sum(szB==1) == 1 && ... numel(szA)==2 && numel(szB)==2) && ... prod(szA) == prod(szB))

Which is to say, the sizes can be identical, *or* they can both be 2 dimensional with exactly one of the dimensions of each being 1, and the number of elements the same between the two.

This kind of check must be programmed all over the place. Perhaps there is a utility routine that I overlooked?

Answer by David Young
on 4 Jan 2012

Accepted answer

One alternative:

isequal(size(A), size(B)) || (isvector(A) && isvector(B) && numel(A) == numel(B))

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