Description |
Consolidator has many uses. It was designed to solve an interpolation problem and a Delaunay problem, but I've added other uses too. It can serve as a tool which counts the number of replicates of each point, or as simply an implementation of unique(x,'rows'), but with a tolerance on that unique-ness.
Interpolation fails when there are replicate x values. Often it is recommended to form the mean of y for the replicate x values, eliminating the reps. Consolidator does this, and allows a tolerance on how close two values of x need be to be considered replicates. x may have multiple columns, i.e., it works on multi-dimensional data. x may even be a character array.
This same problem is seen both in interp1 and in griddata. Delaunay and delaunayn are also not robust when called with data that has replicates or near replicates.
Example usages:
% counting replicates
x = round(rand(100000,1)*2);
[xc,yc] = consolidator(x,[],'count');
[xc,yc]
ans =
0 25160
1 49844
2 24996
% aggregate y for the unique elements in x
% y = x(:,1) + x(:,2) + error
x = round(rand(100000,2)*2);
y = sum(x,2)+randn(size(x,1),1);
[xc,yc] = consolidator(x,y,'mean');
[xc,yc]
ans =
0 0 0.0054
0 1.0000 0.9905
0 2.0000 1.9895
1.0000 0 0.9957
1.0000 1.0000 1.9970
1.0000 2.0000 2.9988
2.0000 0 2.0136
2.0000 1.0000 2.9985
2.0000 2.0000 3.9891
Alternate usage using a function handle:
[xc,yc] = consolidator(x,y,@mean);
The aggregation can also be of many types. Min, max, mean, sum, std, var, median, prod, as well as geometric and harmonic means, plus the simple count option. Use of a function handle allows for
any aggregation the user may desire.
Consolidator is very different from accumarray.
Note that accumarray builds a potentially huge
array, filled with zeros. This array cannot be sparse in higher than 2 dimensions. Also, accumarray does not allow a tolerance. Its first argument MUST be an index. Finally, consolidator works on strings too. |