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Ignore NaN

version (1.9 KB) by Matt G
returns the result of the function of an array ignoring NaN elements


Updated 30 Aug 2007

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Occasionally I record missing data, invalid data or erroneous data as NaN. But if I have a array of data where the columns are different measurements and the rows are different measurement times the NaNs make it difficult to perform statistical operations on.

This Function will perform a function on the data (assuming the function is designed to operate on an array) but it will ignore any NaNs.

For example
X=[ 1 2 4;
1 5 NaN;
NaN 3 1]


ans =

NaN 1.5275 NaN

>> ignoreNaN(X,@std)

ans =

0 1.5275 2.1213

This function is designed to work on any size array.

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Matt G (2020). Ignore NaN (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (6)

Is there a way to use this for functions that take two arguments? (i.e., dotprod (x,y))?


Excellent!!! Works like charm.

Naresh Pai

Matt G

There is an example in the description above. You may also want to review function handles


Plz tell me how to use this file in my code so that I can use "ignoreNaN" in my code?


correction for case of size(X,2)=1, and nargin==2

This correction will return NaN if all element operated on are NaNs.

Also with the previous version if a vector of NaNs was on the outside dimension the correct result was not returned.

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MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2006b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
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