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Count members.


Updated 20 Jan 2019

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C = COUNTMEMBER(A,B) counts the number of times the elements of array A are present in array B, so that C(k) equals the number of occurences of A(k) in B. A may contain non-unique elements. C will have the same size as A.
A and B should be of the same type, and can be cell array of strings.

countmember([1 2 1 3],[1 2 2 2 2])
-> 1 4 1 0
-> 2 0 0

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Jos (10584) (2021). countmember (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (16)


Victor Villar

Asif Newaz

Chang hsiung

Ashrant Aryal

Alexander Infanger

Yindi Zhao


I replaced the line:
N = histc(Loc(:), 1:length(AUnique))

N = histcounts(Loc(:), 1:length(AUnique)+1)

based on the recommendation by Mathworks to stop using the histc function. You need to add an extra bin edge because histcounts() doesn't add the extra bin for values exactly equal to the end of the edges vector.

Xiaoyu Bai

Abhinav Gaur

just what i needed .. Thanks

Pete sherer

Excellent. It could be better if you can also return the logical index as a second output.

Jalal A

many thanks for posting this!

Val cucche


urs (us) schwarz

ery sleek, jos! just a pedestrian thought: replace your dums with the name of the following var, e.g., [AU,dum,j] with [AU,j,j]

Dimitri Shvorob

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