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Asked by Locks
on 7 Apr 2013

hi,

I have a matrix with several thousand rows and seven coulmns. In column 6 of each row can be seen the date of all the elements in that specific rows. The data set consist of days strting in january and ending in december of a specific year

I would like to select just those days that lie in a specific perdiod of time, let's say from 01/03 to 31/10

I have started with this:

%create matrix with 7 columns (F,K,PC,Price,T,date,r) data=[F,K,PC,Price,T,date,r]

%enter period you will look at %start date: DateString='01-Mar-2002' StartDate=datenum(DateString)

%end date DateString='30-Oct-2002' EndDate=datenum(DateString)

data=data(data(:,6)>=StartDate &... data(:,6)=<EndDate)

the first comand creates the matrix which consists of 7 column. now basied on the start and end date entry, I would like to delete all the rows where the value of column 6 lies not in between 01 March and 30 October and save that new dataset under the name data

Unfortunately my code is not working and gives me this error: EDU>> create_dataset Error: File: create_dataset.m Line: 20 Column: 10 The expression to the left of the equals sign is not a valid target for an assignment.

Is there anybode who could help me resolve that problem?

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Answer by Cedric Wannaz
on 7 Apr 2013

Edited by Cedric Wannaz
on 7 Apr 2013

Accepted answer

You almost did it; the expression

data(:,6)>=StartDate & data(:,6)=<EndDate

should be ( `=<` is not a relational operator)

data(:,6)>=StartDate & data(:,6)<=EndDate

which generates a vector of logicals that you want to use for selecting relevant rows of `data`. You can use it as a logical row index, but you still have to specify the column index, e.g. for all columns:

data = data(data(:,6)>=StartDate & data(:,6)<=EndDate, :) ;

Or as a two steps process:

rlid = data(:,6)>=StartDate & data(:,6)<=EndDate ; % Row logical index. data = data(rlid, :) ;

Locks
on 7 Apr 2013

thanks, I get still the same error:

The expression to the left of the equals sign is not a valid target for an assignment.

I used this:

data=[F,K,PC,Price,T,date,r] %enter period you will look at %start date: DateString='01-Mar-2002' StartDate=datenum(DateString) %end date DateString='30-Oct-2002' EndDate=datenum(DateString) data = data(data(:,6)>=StartDate & data(:,6)=<EndDate, :) ;

Cedric Wannaz
on 7 Apr 2013

It is because you didn't correct the relational operator (you might have seen my answer between the time I first posted it and the time I updated it with this correction).

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