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Sorting specific values of one matrix into another

Asked by xCuse
on 24 Aug 2019 at 9:49
Latest activity Commented on by xCuse
on 24 Aug 2019 at 11:35
Hey there,
so i got this problem where I have a dataset of "values" pointing to each other, as in this example:
A=[1 2;
4 5;
5 6;
2 7;
7 3;
3 1;
6 4];
1 -> 2 -> 7 -> 3 -> 1
Value 1 is associated with 2 and value 2 associated with 7 and so on, until I am back at value 1.
Now I am trying to get only those values into another set of data like seen in matrix B.
B=[1 2;
2 7;
7 3;
3 1];
So far I have tried out multiple things using for and while loops with the function "find" to locate the values I am looking for and trying to pick those out of Matrix A into B. Is there mybe an easiert way to accomplish this task?
Thx in advance!


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3 Answers

Answer by Guillaume
on 24 Aug 2019 at 11:21
 Accepted Answer

It looks like you're dealing with graphs. Initially I thought you were dealing with directed graphs but your comment saying that [2, 7] is the same as [7, 2] would imply that it's undirected graphs. Either way, you're better off using matlab's graph functions.
A=[1 2;
4 5;
5 6;
2 7;
7 3;
3 1;
6 4];
g = graph(A(:, 1), A(:, 2)); %or use digraph for directed graph
g.Nodes.ID = (1:height(g.Nodes))'; %add ID to nodes so that it's preserved
plot(g, 'NodeLabel', g.Nodes.ID); %to visualise the graph
Now, it's also not clear what you want, it looks like you want to extract connected components from your graph but it's not clear why you just want one of them and not the other. Anyway, to get the connected components:
[bins, binsize] = conncomp(g, 'OutputForm', 'cell');
components = cellfun(@(b) subgraph(g, b), bins, 'UniformOutput', false)
The B you wanted is the largest of the two graph, so maybe:
[~, largestindex] = max(binsize);
Bgraph = components{largestindex};
B = Bgraph.Nodes.ID(Bgraph.Edges.EndNodes)
figure; plot(Bgraph, 'NodeLabel', Bgraph.Nodes.ID)
Maybe you're also looking at simplifying your components
compsimplified = cellfun(@simplify, components, 'UniformOutput', false)

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on 24 Aug 2019 at 11:35
This and the answer of Bruno Luong is what i've been looking for. In fact I need to extract every "part" of the matrix which represents a "closed" "graph", like those plotted by your code.
So thx a lot for that!

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Answer by KALYAN ACHARJYA on 24 Aug 2019 at 10:14
Edited by KALYAN ACHARJYA on 24 Aug 2019 at 10:18

A=[1 2;4 5;5 6;2 7;7 3;3 1;6 4];
while k~=A(1,1)
[idx c1]=find(A(:,1)==k);
result =
1 2
2 7
7 3
3 1
Note: Assuming that A(1,2) is not equal to A(1,1), in given A matrix, you can modify it, and make it more simple.


on 24 Aug 2019 at 10:34
Thank you for your answer!
Fo this example matrix this code works fine but in more extreme cases i have to deal with the data i have isnt always sorted as in 2nd column value of one sample row has to be somewhere in the 1st column of another row.
If I change that example matrix like this:
A=[1 2;4 5;5 6;2 7;7 3;3 1;6 4];
A=[1 2;4 5;5 6;7 2;7 3;3 1;6 4]; % Change at |
your code no longer works as its telling me
Unable to perform assignment because the indices on the left side are not compatible with the size of
the right side.
Is there a way to make your code work for this or am I maybe better of trying to sort the data, so its fitting to the way your solution works ?
Requested you to read your original question please
This is the logic of your original question, the loop it going on until get the initial value A(1,1)
Now you changed the direction (may be in both ways), that also can be possible, with slight modification
A=[1 2;4 5;5 6;7 2;7 3;3 1;6 4];
What would be the expected result for this case, or show us the pictorial figure as I have shown for privious case?
on 24 Aug 2019 at 10:54
The "road" would look like this:
So basicly i would need to try for 2 cases. Once if the looked for value is in column 1 and once if it is in column 2 i guess.

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Answer by Bruno Luong
on 24 Aug 2019 at 11:19


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