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# making different signals equal in length

Asked by Lisa Justin on 3 Dec 2012

Hi, I am working with a set of data and i need all of them to be the same length. how can i do this?

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Answer by Jan Simon on 3 Dec 2012

It depends. As said already you can crop the longer ones, pad the shorter ones or apply an interpolation. For the latter there are linear, cubic, spline, bsline, trigonometric and more complicated interpolation methods.

Answer by Walter Roberson on 3 Dec 2012
```S1 = size(FirstMatrix);
S2 = size(SecondMatrix);
MaxS = max(S1, S2);
```
```if MaxS(1) > S1(1); FirstMatrix(end+1:MaxS(1), :) = 0; end
if MaxS(2) > S1(2); FirstMatrix(:, end+1:MaxS(2)) = 0; end
```
```if MaxS(1) > S2(1); SecondMatrix(end+1:MaxS(1), :) = 0; end
if MaxS(2) > S2(2); SecondMatrix(:, end+1:MaxS(2)) = 0; end
```

You can simplify this a bit if you are using vectors and you know the orientation of the vectors.

Walter Roberson on 3 Dec 2012

Ah... did you want to do this by clipping the longer ones to the length of the shorter?

Lisa Justin on 3 Dec 2012

yes exactly. But then i lose some relevant part of the signal which is not good either. I am a bit unsure how best to make all the length equal. they are about 600 files

Answer by Muruganandham Subramanian on 3 Dec 2012

Can you provide the data? you can do it by adding zeros, ones, any desirable data to the data having minimum sizes from data having maximum sizes by initializing max. data length caustiously..