# Comparing elements of cell arrays

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Jaya on 2 Dec 2021
Commented: DGM on 3 Dec 2021
My given cell array (p) and existing cell arrays (routes_log) with whom this given one is to be compared are as below.
p={[12 11 13 9]} ; %denotes a route with links 12-11,11-13 &13-9.
routes_log = {[13 9 10]} {[6 11 13 2]} {[12 14 6]} %a 1*3 cell array. Each one denotes a route
In my code, these elements denote graph nodes and so, p cell array denotes a route with links 12-11,11-13 &13-9.
So I want to find if 'ANY' of the given links in array p are a part of 'ANY' of the links of the existing routes. For e.g. in the above case, I want the code to output {[13 9 10]} and {[6 11 13 2]}. As they have the elements 13-9 & 11-13 (consecutively) and my p array also has 13-9 & 11-13. I am confused on how to do this as I cannot use ismember() so straightforwardly.

DGM on 2 Dec 2021
Edited: DGM on 2 Dec 2021
Well, I bet there's a more elegant way than this, but this seems to work.
p = {[12 11 13 9]}; % denotes a route with links 12-11,11-13 &13-9.
routes_log = {[13 9 10] [6 11 13 2] [12 14 6]}; % a 1*3 cell array. Each one denotes a route
% build link list as node pairs
lklistp = repelem(p{:},2);
lklistp = reshape(lklistp(2:end-1),2,[]).'
lklistp = 3×2
12 11 11 13 13 9
for lg = 1:numel(routes_log)
lklistlog = repelem(routes_log{lg},2);
lklistlog = reshape(lklistlog(2:end-1),2,[]).';
end
DGM on 3 Dec 2021
Oof. Yeah, you got it. See this is what happens when I try to write code in my head.

Benjamin on 2 Dec 2021
I don't know whether it's feasible to change your code in the way I'm about to suggest, but it may be worthwhile to store the links as n-by-2 matrices with each row denoting the two endpoints of the links, e.g.:
p = {[12 11; 11 13; 13 9]};
routes_log = {[13 9; 9 10] [6 11; 11 13; 13 2] [12 14; 14 6]};
Then you could use ismember with the 'rows' option to check for existing links.
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Jaya on 3 Dec 2021
I get it. If I understand correctly, the answer by @DGM seems to do what you are suggesting. As I would use his code to integrate in my own code and as I can accept only 1 answer I am accepting his. But thanks for your suggestions.