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Class: nav.StateSpace
Namespace: nav

Sample state using uniform distribution

Since R2019b



states = sampleUniform(ssObj) samples throughout your entire state space using a uniform distribution.

states = sampleUniform(ssObj,numSamples) samples multiple states based on numSamples.

states = sampleUniform(ssObj,meanState,distance) samples near a given mean state within a certain distance.

states = sampleUniform(ssObj,meanState,distance,numSamples) samples multiple states near a given mean state based on numSamples.

Input Arguments

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State space object, specified as an object of a subclass of nav.StateSpace.

Mean state position for sampling near, specified as a n-element vector, where n is the dimension of the state space specified in the NumStateVariables property of ssObj. m is the number of samples specified in numSamples.

Max distance from mean state position, nearState, specified as a n-element vector, where nearState defines the center of the sampled region and distance is the maximum distance from nearState allowed in each dimension.

Number of samples, specified as a positive integer.

Output Arguments

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Sampled states from state space, specified as a n-element vector or m-by-n matrix of row vectors. n is the dimension of the state space specified in the NumStateVariables property of ssObj. m is the number of samples specified in numSamples. All states are sampled within the StateBounds property of ssObj.


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This example shows how to use the createPlanningTemplate function to generate a template for customizing your own state space definition and sampler to use with path planning algorithms. A simple implementation is provided with the template.

Call the create template function. This function generates a class definition file for you to modify for your own implementation.


Class and Property Definition

The first part of the template specifies the class definition and any properties for the class. Derive from the nav.StateSpace class. For this example, create a property for the uniform and normal distributions. You can specify any additional user-defined properties here.

classdef MyCustomStateSpace < nav.StateSpace & ...
        % Specify additional properties here

Save your custom state space class and ensure your file name matches the class name.

Class Constructor

Use the constructor to set the name of the state space, the number of state variables, and define its boundaries. Alternatively, you can add input arguments to the function and pass the variables in when you create an object.

  • For each state variable, define the [min max] values for the state bounds.

  • Call the constructor of the base class.

  • For this example, you specify the normal and uniform distribution property values using predefined NormalDistribution and UniformDistribution classes.

  • Specify any other user-defined property values here.

    function obj = MyCustomStateSpace
        spaceName = "MyCustomStateSpace";
        numStateVariables = 3;
        stateBounds = [-100 100;  % [min max]
                       -100 100;
                       -100 100];
        obj@nav.StateSpace(spaceName, numStateVariables, stateBounds);
        obj.NormalDistribution = matlabshared.tracking.internal.NormalDistribution(numStateVariables);
        obj.UniformDistribution = matlabshared.tracking.internal.UniformDistribution(numStateVariables);
        % User-defined property values here

Copy Semantics

Specify the copy method definition. Copy all the values of your user-defined variables into a new object, so copyObj is a deep copy. The default behavior given in this example creates a new copy of the object with the same name, state bounds, and distributions.

function copyObj = copy(obj)
    copyObj = feval(class(obj));
    copyObj.StateBounds = obj.StateBounds;
    copyObj.UniformDistribution = obj.UniformDistribution.copy;
    copyObj.NormalDistribution = obj.NormalDistribution.copy;

Enforce State Bounds

Specify how to ensure states are always within the state bounds. For this example, the state values get saturated at the minimum or maximum values for the state bounds.

function boundedState = enforceStateBounds(obj, state)
    nav.internal.validation.validateStateMatrix(state, nan, obj.NumStateVariables, "enforceStateBounds", "state");
    boundedState = state;
    boundedState = min(max(boundedState, obj.StateBounds(:,1)'), ...

Sample Uniformly

Specify the behavior for sampling across a uniform distribution. support multiple syntaxes to constrain the uniform distribution to a nearby state within a certain distance and sample multiple states.

STATE = sampleUniform(OBJ)

For this example, use a validation function to process a varargin input that handles the varying input arguments.

 function state = sampleUniform(obj, varargin)
    [numSamples, stateBounds] = obj.validateSampleUniformInput(varargin{:});
    obj.UniformDistribution.RandomVariableLimits = stateBounds;
    state = obj.UniformDistribution.sample(numSamples);

Sample from Gaussian Distribution

Specify the behavior for sampling across a Gaussian distribution. Support multiple syntaxes for sampling a single state or multiple states.


function state = sampleGaussian(obj, meanState, stdDev, varargin)    
    [meanState, stdDev, numSamples] = obj.validateSampleGaussianInput(meanState, stdDev, varargin{:});
    obj.NormalDistribution.Mean = meanState;
    obj.NormalDistribution.Covariance = diag(stdDev.^2);
    state = obj.NormalDistribution.sample(numSamples);
    state = obj.enforceStateBounds(state);

Interpolate Between States

Define how to interpolate between two states in your state space. Use an input, fraction, to determine how to sample along the path between two states. For this example, define a basic linear interpolation method using the difference between states.

function interpState = interpolate(obj, state1, state2, fraction)
    [state1, state2, fraction] = obj.validateInterpolateInput(state1, state2, fraction);
    stateDiff = state2 - state1;
    interpState = state1 + fraction' * stateDiff;

Calculate Distance Between States

Specify how to calculate the distance between two states in your state space. Use the state1 and state2 inputs to define the start and end positions. Both inputs can be a single state (row vector) or multiple states (matrix of row vectors). For this example, calculate the distance based on the Euclidean distance between each pair of state positions.

function dist = distance(obj, state1, state2)
    nav.internal.validation.validateStateMatrix(state1, nan, obj.NumStateVariables, "distance", "state1");
    nav.internal.validation.validateStateMatrix(state2, size(state1,1), obj.NumStateVariables, "distance", "state2");

    stateDiff = bsxfun(@minus, state2, state1);
    dist = sqrt( sum( stateDiff.^2, 2 ) );

Terminate the methods and class sections.


Save your state space class definition. You can now use the class constructor to create an object for your state space.

Version History

Introduced in R2019b