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How do i remove rows from a column based on the value of a corresponding column?

Asked by Tom Wetherill on 28 Mar 2013

I have a large amount of data that i need to process with Matlab but am quite a novice so unfamiliar with all but the basics. I effectively have a large data file containing thousands of entries and i need to know how i can remove a number of specific rows depending on the corresponding value if that makes any sense at all.

Column A is made up of depth values that range from .0000 to 2000.0000m and column B contains salinity values corresponding with each of these depths for a number of stations over a number of years. I want to find if i can remove all values from column B that correspond with values in column A that are less then or equal to 120.0000m.

If(A<=120.0000 then delete B)

I tried to convey this as best as i could in the expression above but don't know where to start with actual equations so any help would be much appreciated.

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per isakson on 28 Mar 2013

The data is that the content of a file or the value of a variable?

Tom Wetherill

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Answer by Wayne King on 28 Mar 2013
Edited by Wayne King on 28 Mar 2013
Accepted answer

Assume X is your data matrix,

Xnew = X(X(:,1)>120,:);

So for example:

    X = randi(10,10,2);
    Xnew = X(X(:,1)>6,:);

I'm assuming that by column A you mean the 1st column of the matrix.

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Wayne King
Answer by Mahdi on 28 Mar 2013
Edited by Mahdi on 28 Mar 2013
Remove=find(A<=120.0000);
B(Remove)=[];

If you also want to remove these values from matrix A, then

A(Remove)=[];

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Mahdi on 28 Mar 2013

The above assumes that you only have one column. If it's in the first column, use A(:,1) and B(Remove,1) and so on.

Mahdi

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