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Asked by Alex
on 2 Oct 2013

Hi I am just working on a larger program that works with two random distributed Variables:

X for incoming products(Production) Y for outgoing products(Demand)

both random variables have 2 parameters, so a and b belong to X and c and d belong to Y. I am now working on a combination of both and need a combined distribution stored in a 4 dimensional array to reflect all possible combinations. My initial guess to create an "empty" array of the matching dimensions was just:

a=[1 2 3 4]; b=[5 6]; c=[7 8 9]; d=[1 2 3 4 5];

for i=1:length(a) for j=1:length(b) for k=1:length(c) for l=1:length(d) test(i,j,k,l)=makedist('normal',0,0); end end end end

the problem is now that matlab seems to have no default distribution-object included in the libraries and following error occurs:

**During array expansion:
No default is defined for class 'prob.NormalDistribution'.
Method 'getDefaultScalarElement' in superclass prob.ProbabilityDistribution is missing
or incorrectly defined.**

I was lucky find a solution for 2 dimensions that just sets the elements before a default element is needed and i expanded this to a 3 dimensional array. However, if i try to expand the solution in the same way to 4 dimensions the error occurs again:

clc clear a=[100 5 5 7]; b=[10 4 4 5 6]; c=[100 2 6 7 9 9]; d=[1 4 5 5];

for i=1:length(a) test(i,:)=makedist('normal',0,0); for j=1:length(b) test (i,j)=makedist('normal',0,0); end end

test

for i=1:length(a) test2(i,:,:)=makedist('normal',0,0); for j=1:length(b) test2 (i,j,:)=makedist('normal',0,0); for k=1:length(c) test2 (i,j,k)=makedist('normal',0,0); end end end

test2

for i=1:length(a) test2(i,:,:,:)=makedist('normal',0,0); for j=1:length(b) test2 (i,j,:,:)=makedist('normal',0,0); for k=1:length(c) test2 (i,j,k,:)=makedist('normal',0,0); for l=1:length(d) test2(i,j,k,l)=makedist('normal',0,0); end end end end

test3

While the first two versions are running perfectly, even as intended and give the matching distribution-object arrays, but the 4 dimensional one gives following error:

During array expansion: No default is defined for class 'prob.NormalDistribution'. Method 'getDefaultScalarElement' in superclass prob.ProbabilityDistribution is missing or incorrectly defined.

Error in Untitled (line 29) test3(i,:,:,:)=makedist('normal',0,0);

When i define the 3 dimensional array first, set test3=test2, the error shifts to the line

test3(i,j,k,l)=makedist('normal',0,0);

as soon as d=[ ] has more than one element. i also tried to set the d loop around the other 3 loops but the error always occurs when the pointer of the fourth dimension shifts to 2. I dont know why this error occurs only with 4 dimensions, to my understanding it should also occur with 3 dimensions, or both versions should run propperly, i cant see why one works and the other one not.

It would be very kind if somebody could help me with this problem or give me a hint how to create this AxBxCxD array of distribution objects in another way. Thank you for your help

Answer by Tom Lane
on 2 Oct 2013

Accepted answer

This looks like something that we should fix in a future release. Meanwhile, perhaps you would find this work-around useful:

a = makedist('normal'); % create a single distribution object a = repmat(a,[2 3 4 5]); % expand it to the desired size a(2,3,4,5) = makedist('Weibull'); % fill in the values you really want

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## Matt J (view profile)

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## Alex (view profile)

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Sorry, I didnt see that button, i reformated it, thank you