Asked by mounim
on 14 Dec 2012

hey everyone

please i am getting this error :

Improper assignment with rectangular empty matrix on this line :

midpoints1(k) = (leftEdge1 + rightEdge1)/2;

how can i solve that ? any help is appreciated, thanks

for k=700:800

oneRow1 = binaryImage(k, :);

leftEdge1 = find(oneRow1, 1, 'first'); rightEdge1 = find(oneRow1, 1, 'last');

hold on;

midpoints1(k) = (leftEdge1 + rightEdge1)/2;

plot(leftEdge1, k, 'rx','LineWidth',2); plot(rightEdge1, k, 'rx','LineWidth',2);

plot(midpoints1(k), k, 'yx','LineWidth',2);

end

X1=(700:800); midpoints1=midpoints1(midpoints1~=0); new_x1 = linspace(500, 900); coeffs1 = polyfit(X1, midpoints1, 1); new_y1 = polyval(coeffs1, new_x1); plot(new_y1,new_x1, '-','LineWidth',2);

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Answer by Walter Roberson
on 14 Dec 2012

Accepted answer

In some rows, there are no 1's. When that happens, the results of find() are empty. You are trying to store the midpoint of that empty range into midpoints1(k), which requires a location which is a 1x1 value not a 0 x 0 value.

Walter Roberson
on 14 Dec 2012

if isempty(leftEdge1) midpoint1(k) = 0; else midpoints1(k) = (leftEdge1 + rightEdge1)/2; %and do the plotting here end

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## 6 Comments

## Matt J (view profile)

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When you use the debugger to stop at this line right before the error occurs, what are the dimensions of midpoints1, leftEdge1 and rightEdge1 at that point?

## mounim (view profile)

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when i break the code at that line, the :

what i am trying to do is scanning different pictures, to finde the edge, not all the pictures give me the error, but som do !

in the pictures where i do not get the error, the leftEdge1 and rightEdge1 are single values.

what should i change to not get that error ? to not store empty values ?

## Walter Roberson (view profile)

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What behavior would seem appropriate to you on rows that have no 1 in them ?

## mounim (view profile)

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well, the most appopriate is just to ignore that row, and go on.

## Walter Roberson (view profile)

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Read the documentation for isempty()

What value do you want stored in midpoints1(k) in this situation?

## mounim (view profile)

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it have to just store a zero ( a black pixel ), i tried this code, but it is not working 100% still gives me errors:

this one not working neither