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# problem in finding Mean value

Asked by Vennila on 6 Jan 2013

Hi,

`    I want to find mean value of a mammogram only by choosing the values greater than zero. I used for loops with condition but it gives 255 as answer constantly. I don't know what's the mistake i have done.  `

Code:

[x,y] = size(I);

s = 0;

for i = 1:x

`    for j = 1:y`
`        if I(i,j) > 0 `
`             s = s + I(i,j);`
`        end`
`    end`

end

disp('s = ');

disp(s);

## Products

Answer by Walter Roberson on 6 Jan 2013

Change to

```s = s + double(I(i,j));
```

Question: when you are calculating the mean, are you going to be dividing by the number of values in I, or by the number of non-negative values?

Also are you sure that I will be two-dimensional and not 3 dimensional?

## 1 Comment

Vennila on 6 Jan 2013

Thank you walter. It works. I am going to divide the sum by no. of non-negative values.

Corrected Code:

[x,y] = size(I);

s = 0;

cnt = 0;

for i = 1:x

`    for j = 1:y`
`        if I(i,j) > 0 `
`             s = s + double(I(i,j));`
`             cnt = cnt + 1;`
`        end`
`    end`

end

m = s/cnt;

Answer by Image Analyst on 6 Jan 2013

Why are you doing two loops, which will make it slow? Why not just do:

```nonZeroPixels = yourImage > 0;
meanValue = mean(yourImage(nonZeroPixels));
```

The way above is vectorized, faster, and very MATLABish.

Answer by Jan Simon on 6 Jan 2013

Alternative method without loops:

```s  = mean(double(I(I > 0)));
```