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delete element from vector

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Majid Al-Sirafi
Majid Al-Sirafi on 24 Sep 2012
Commented: Rik on 31 Mar 2021
Hi everyone
how can I delete element from vector .... for example
how can I delete 3 from above vector to be
thank you
Jeffrey Houston
Jeffrey Houston on 4 Jan 2021
Hi Hamna, sorry for the late response, but I'll answer for others anyways. The line of code below will do the trick for what you're asking for.
b = a(3)

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Accepted Answer

Daniel Shub
Daniel Shub on 24 Sep 2012
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 9 Nov 2018
I can think of three ways that are all slightly different
If you want to get rid of all cases where a is exactly equal to 3
b = a(a~=3);
If you want to delete the third element
b = a;
b(3) = [];
or on a single line
b = a([1:2, 4:end]);
Or, as Jan suggests:
a = [2,3,1,5,4]
a(a == 3) = []
Rik on 31 Mar 2021
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More Answers (3)

Jan on 24 Sep 2012
Edited: Jan on 24 Sep 2012
a = [1,2,3,4,5]
a(3) = []
a = [2,3,1,5,4]
a(a == 3) = []
These methods are explained exhaustively in the "Getting Started" chapters of the documentation. It is strongly recommended to read them completely. The forum is not though to explain the fundamental basics. Thanks.
Joel Bay
Joel Bay on 28 Jun 2019
"These methods are explained exhaustively in the "Getting Started" chapters of the documentation."
Wrong, definetely not exhaustively after comparing Daniel's answer and the documentation. Logical indexing is not even mentioned. The answers to this question is still useful in 2019.

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Andrei Bobrov
Andrei Bobrov on 24 Sep 2012
a = a(abs(a - 3) > eps(100))

Elias Gule
Elias Gule on 1 Dec 2015
% Use logical indexing
a = a(a~=3)
Ntsakisi Kanyana
Ntsakisi Kanyana on 31 Mar 2020
Does it work on strings?

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