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Hi everyone.

I want to integrate a plot over specified range. i have two seperate arrays i.e. x(t) and y(x) which i already have in a plot. now i want to integrate y(x) over x(t) from x(t1) to x(t2), the area under y(x) over this specified range.

To get a better view, let me elaborate with an example:

t = 0:0.1:2*pi;

x = sin(t);

y = cos(x);

Now the question is how to calculate ∫y.dx from x(t=1) to x(t=2).

best regards

MS
on 22 Sep 2019

Edited: MS
on 22 Sep 2019

You can use the integral function to numerically integrate a function from xmin to xmax. Example:

% define functions

fun_x = @(t) sin(t);

fun_y = @(x) cos(x);

% assign the time interval

t1 = 1;

t2 = 2;

% evaluate function x

xmin = feval(fun_x,t1);

xmax = feval(fun_x,t2);

% integrate

q = integral(fun_y,xmin,xmax);

disp (q);

>>> Output:

0.0434

Hope this helps.

MS
on 22 Sep 2019

In this case, you may consider the integral as a summation of the sub-areas under the curve. For example, consider the following criteria. I'm using the functions to create the x and y vectors as an example, but you can import them (assuming you have the data points as you said).

% time vector

t=0:0.1:2*pi;

overall_total = length(t);

x_vector = zeros(1,overall_total);

y_vector = zeros(1,overall_total);

% create the arrays (or get them)

for i=1:overall_total

x_vector(i) = sin(t(i));

y_vector(i) = cos(x_vector(i));

end

% select the points in the x_vector and the y_vector that belongs to the

% interval (t belongs to [t_min,t_max])

t_min = 1;

t_max = 2;

counter =1;

for i=1:overall_total

if ((t(i)>=t_min) && (t(i)<=t_max))

selected_x_vector(counter) = x_vector(i);

selected_y_vector(counter) = y_vector(i);

counter = counter + 1;

end

end

% calculate the sub areas and add them to the summation

selected_total = length(selected_x_vector);

total_area_integral = 0;

for i=2:selected_total

% difference between consecutive x points

width = selected_x_vector(i) - selected_x_vector(i-1);

% average of consecutive y points

length = (selected_y_vector(i) + selected_y_vector(i-1)) / 2;

% calculate sub area

sub_area = width*length;

% add sub area to summation

total_area_integral = total_area_integral + sub_area;

end

% result

disp(total_area_integral);

>>> Output:

0.0434

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