Recursive HYPOT Function for Multiple Inputs
Updated 25 Apr 2012
MATLAB provides a function called hypot to calculate sqrt(abs(A).^2 + abs(B).^2) in a robust way to avoid underflow and overflow (see http://www.mathworks.com/help/techdoc/ref/hypot.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypot). Frequently, though, I need to make this calculation with more than just two inputs A and B. Say, to compute the magnitude of a vector with three components (x, y, z). So I wrote this function to recursively call MATLAB's hypot function for multiple inputs:
Usage: Y = HYPOTR(X) or Y = HYPOTR(X1, X2, X3, ...)
This function works the same as the built-in MATLAB function hypot but allows for more than two inputs (or a single array) via recursion. The output Y is:
Y = sqrt(sum(X(:).^2)) (for single array X input)
Y = sqrt(X1.^2 + X2.^2 + X3.^2 + ...) (for arrays X1, X2, X3, ... input)
But the computation is done in a more robust way to avoid overflow and underflow (see HYPOT). Note that when multiple arrays are input, they must all be the same size (but any or all of them can also be scalars).
See also: HYPOT.
Drew Compston (2023). Recursive HYPOT Function for Multiple Inputs (https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/35403-recursive-hypot-function-for-multiple-inputs), MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .
MATLAB Release Compatibility
Platform CompatibilityWindows macOS Linux
- Sciences > Physics > General Physics >
Community Treasure Hunt
Find the treasures in MATLAB Central and discover how the community can help you!Start Hunting!
Discover Live Editor
Create scripts with code, output, and formatted text in a single executable document.