Asked by Locks
on 13 Apr 2013

hi,

I have a matrix with 8 columns and I would like to delete those rows where the value of column 8 exceeds 1.1 or is below 0.9 and apply a similar criteria on column 5, here is the respective code:

while i < size(data8, 1) i = i + 1 ; if(data8(i,8)>1.1) data8(i,:) = []; elseif(data8(i,8)<0.9) data8(i,:) = []; elseif(data8(i,5)<5*1/365) data8(i,:) = []; elseif(data8(i,5)>120*1/365) data8(i,:) = []; end end

although the code is running, I get in the resulting matrix values in column 8 that exceeds 1.1 and are below 0.9, whan do I need to change?

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Answer by Image Analyst
on 13 Apr 2013

Accepted answer

Try it this way

rowsToDelete = data(:,8) > 1.1 | data(:,8) < 0.9; data(rowsToDelete, :) = [];

Do the same for column #5. You could combine column 5 into the calculation of rowsToDelete if you want.

Locks
on 13 Apr 2013

I tried this:

i = 0 ; while i < size(data8, 1) i = i + 1 ; rowsToDelete = data8(:,8) > 1.1 | data8(:,8) < 0.9 | data8(i,5)<5*1/365 | data8(i,5)>120*1/365; data8(rowsToDelete, :) = [];

%if(data8(i,8)>1.1) %data8(i,:) = []; %elseif(data8(i,8)<0.9) %data8(i,:) = []; %elseif(data8(i,5)<5*1/365) %data8(i,:) = []; %elseif(data8(i,5)>120*1/365) %data8(i,:) = []; %end end

but this gives me an empthy data8 matrix, which cannot be true, is there anything else which is incorrect?

What was the problem with the first code?

Image Analyst
on 13 Apr 2013

No. The code was all there was. The whole point of vectorizing it was to **get rid of the while loop** - and you put it back in. Don't use it. Try this, which I constructed to use sample data in the rang 0.8 - 1.2.

% Create array of numbers between 0.8 and 1.2. data = .8 + .4 * rand(20,8) % Display rows 8 and 5 data(:,8) data(:,5) % Find the rows to delete. rowsToDelete8 = data(:,8) > 1.1 | data(:,8) < 0.9 rowsToDelete5 = data(:,5) > 1.1 | data(:,5) < 0.9 rowsToDelete = rowsToDelete8 & rowsToDelete5 % Go ahead and delete them. data(rowsToDelete, :) = []; % Display final data. data

Answer by Locks
on 13 Apr 2013

awesome, this is working. Could you shortly explain me what rowsToDelete is doing? I get just zeros and from what I know zero means false, but I don't understand the logic behind it.

What is the | operator doing? is that the same as &...?

Thanks vermy much for the help!

Image Analyst
on 13 Apr 2013

This should have been a comment to my answer. | means "or" while & means "and". It tells you which rows should be removed from the original array. You might have to have

rowsToDelete = rowsToDelete8 | rowsToDelete5

instead of

rowsToDelete = rowsToDelete8 & rowsToDelete5

depending on exactly what criteria you're after.

Image Analyst
on 13 Apr 2013

That's correct. If we're done, then mark my answer (not yours) as Accepted.

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