## Can you help me please , to resolve this erreur in matlab

### manel maatouk (view profile)

on 18 May 2018
Latest activity Commented on by Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 20 May 2018
I want to browse a 4D matrix and I got this error message:
Undefined function '_colonobj' for input arguments of type 'double' and attributes 'full 4d real'.

Jan

### Jan (view profile)

on 19 May 2018
@manel maatouk: Please post code as text, such that it can be used by copy&paste to write an answer.
manel maatouk

### manel maatouk (view profile)

on 20 May 2018
for ik=1:10 % ik longueur masque
for tt=1:21 % tt le num du theta
t=ttabTheta(tt); % t l'angle theta
for i=1:M
for j=1:N
resultatprog(s,1)=i;
resultatprog(s,2)=j;
end
end
end
end
end
[EDITED, Jan, code formatted]
Jan

### Jan (view profile)

on 20 May 2018
The most important part is not posted: How is M defined?
You overwrite resultatprog(s,1) in each iteration of the 2 inner loops, when the condition is met. Is this really useful?

on 19 May 2018
Edited by Jan

### Jan (view profile)

on 20 May 2018

The error message means, that in your code
for i=1:M
the variable M is a 'full 4d real' (although I do not know, what this means). Check how M is defined and adjust it to be a double. Maybe this is working already:
for i=1:double(M)
[EDITED] Walter has explained the error message: M is a 4D array, but the colon operator expects a scalar. Then I guess you want:

Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 20 May 2018
The error means that M is 4 dimensional. The second argument for the : operation should be a scalar, but a vector will be tolerated and treated as just its first element.
Jan

### Jan (view profile)

on 20 May 2018
@Walter: Thank you very much. I'm confused:
X = rand(2,3);
Y = rand(2,3,4,5);
1:X % Silently uses the 1st element only, no error
1:Y % Error:
Undefined function 'colon' for input arguments of type 'double'
and attributes 'full 4d real'.
After your explanation I understand the message. But if Matlab catches this problem for multi-dimensional arrays, I cannot understand, why there is no error for the 2D case. This:
for k = 1:size(X)
causes problems repeatedly and you find several concerning threads in this forum.
Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 20 May 2018
In the past I have seen it documented that the first value will be silently used (at least under some circumstances) but I do not see that documentation at present.