Multidimensional bootstrapping

Wrapper for Matlab's bootstrp command, allowing for high dimensional inputs
Updated 6 Apr 2015

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BOOTSTAT = bootstrpXD(dim,NBOOT,BOOTFUN,D1,...)
Does bootstrapping with X dimensional inputs
With dim=[], bootstrpXD operates exactly the same the familiar Matlab
bootstrp function, except the matricies D1,... can be greater than
Assigning a scalar value to dim tells tells bootstrpXD which dimension to
shuffle along ([] for default, dim=1, shuffle rows).

The formats are the same as bootstrp, except for the first argument,
dim. See bootstrp documentation.
BOOTSTAT = bootstrp(dim,NBOOT,BOOTFUN,D1,...)
[BOOTSTAT,BOOTSAM] = bootstrp(dim,...)
BOOTSTAT = bootstrp(dim,...,'Name',Value)
BOOTSTAT = bootstrp(dim,..., 'PARAM1',val1, 'PARAM2',val2, ...) specifies
optional parameter name/value pairs to control how bootstrp performs
computations. Parameter names/values may only appear after the data
arguments used as inputs to BOOTFUN. Parameters are:

'Weights' - Observation weights

'Options' - options including

The return variable of the function handle BOOTFUN must be a scalar
or a vector. Matrix outputs will be reshaped to column vectors.

if D1 is ND dimensional, it will first permute D1 to place dim, the
shuffling dimension of interest, first (rows). Then it will pack the
remaining dimensions into the columns, and call Matlab's bootstrp command
using a wrapper function. This wrapper function will undo all of the
aforementioned transformations prior to calling the user's input
function, BOOTFUN. See documentation for bootstrp for more details.


%% Simpler example
% Generate some data
x = 1:(55*7*2);
x = reshape(x,[55,7,2]);
x = x + 0.1*mean(x(:))*randn([55,7,2]) - mean(x(:));

% Define some function
myfunc = @(x) sum(x,2); % Sum along columns
xout = myfunc(x);

% Plot original data
figure; h1 = plot(squeeze(xout),'k','LineWidth',4);

% Plot bootstrapped data
y = bootstrpXD(2,300,myfunc,x); % Shuffle data along dim 2
y = reshape(y,[300,55,2]); % Unpack bootstrapped data; shuffles along 1st dimension
ybar = mean(y);
ystd = std(y);
hold on; h2 = errorbar(squeeze(ybar),squeeze(ystd),'r.','MarkerSize',20,'LineWidth',1)
legend([h1(1),h2(1)],'Data','Bootstrap Mean & Standard Deviation')

%% Higer dimensional example
% Generate some high dimensional input
x = 1:(6*2*3*4*5);
x = reshape(x,[6,2,3,4,5]);
x = x + 0.1*mean(x(:))*randn([6,2,3,4,5]) - mean(x(:));
sz = size(x);

% Define some function
myfunc = @(x) sum(x);
xout = myfunc(x);

% Plot original data
figure; h1=plot(squeeze(xout(:,2,:,:,5)),'k','LineWidth',4);

% Plot bootstrapped data
y = bootstrpXD([],30,myfunc,x);
y = reshape(y,[30,2,3,4,5]); % Unpack y
ybar = mean(y);
ystd = std(y);
hold on; h2=errorbar(squeeze(ybar(:,2,:,:,5)),squeeze(ystd(:,2,:,:,5)),'r.','MarkerSize',20,'LineWidth',1)
legend([h1(1),h2(1)],'Data','Bootstrap Mean & Standard Deviation')

David Stanley, Boston University

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Dave Stanley (2024). Multidimensional bootstrapping (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

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Updated required products to include statistics toolbox, as this function calls the bootstrp command.

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