# Indexing irregular, constant width "stripes" of a 2-d array

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Knut on 18 Nov 2016
Commented: Knut on 18 Nov 2016
I want to index an array in asynchronous stripes of constant width. Perhaps best described by an example:
bob = magic(7);
w = 2;
c = [1 3 6];
r = [1 4 3];
for stripe = 1:length(c)
res(stripe,:) = bob(r(stripe), c(stripe)+(0:w-1));
end
bob =
30 39 48 1 10 19 28
38 47 7 9 18 27 29
46 6 8 17 26 35 37
5 14 16 25 34 36 45
13 15 24 33 42 44 4
21 23 32 41 43 3 12
22 31 40 49 2 11 20
res =
30 39
16 25
35 37
Can the experts recommend a way to generally express this that is compact, readable and fast?
KSSV on 18 Nov 2016
Not clear, you want to extract elements with a common difference/ width? Check res, the difference is 9,9,2.

Walter Roberson on 18 Nov 2016
Anything much different than that stops being as readable.
You could think in terms of calculating the linear indices of the sources using sub2ind. Once you have that then you can see how the entire source could be vectorized, and if the destination does not exist (or is being completely overwritten) you could construct the destination with reshape() instead of sub2ind for that.
You could then take the step of bringing the sub2ind inline. For 2d arrays it is ((row_number-1)*number_of_rows+column_number)
Knut on 18 Nov 2016
Yes, I was thinking along those lines. Doing the sub2ind thing manually, exploiting the "outer sum" feature of recent MATLAB implicit expansion:
[ht,wd] = size(bob);
id2 = (c-1).*ht+r;
bob(id2+ht*(0:w-1)')'
one-liner (giving the transpose of the reference):
bob(((c-1)+(0:w-1)')*size(bob,1)+r)
But I agree, this code will be fast, but it:
1. Will be as comprehensible to general programmers as LISP is to me
2. Won't run on MATLAB 2016a or older