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movmad

Moving median absolute deviation

Description

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M = movmad(A,k) returns an array of local k-point median absolute deviations (MADs), where each MAD is calculated over a sliding window of length k across neighboring elements of A. M is the same size as A.

When k is odd, the window is centered about the element in the current position. When k is even, the window is centered about the current and previous elements. The window size is automatically truncated at the endpoints when there are not enough elements to fill the window. When the window is truncated, the MAD is taken over only the elements that fill the window.

  • If A is a vector, then movmad operates along the length of the vector A.

  • If A is a multidimensional array, then movmad operates along the first dimension of A whose size does not equal 1.

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M = movmad(A,[kb kf]) computes the MAD with a window of length kb+kf+1 that includes the element in the current position, kb elements backward, and kf elements forward.

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M = movmad(___,dim) specifies the dimension of A to operate along for any of the previous syntaxes. For example, movmad(A,k,2) for a matrix A operates across the columns of A, computing the k-element sliding MAD for each row.

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M = movmad(___,nanflag) specifies whether to include or omit NaN values from the calculation for any of the previous syntaxes. movmad(A,k,'includenan') includes all NaN values in the calculation, which is the default. movmad(A,k,'omitnan') ignores them and computes the MAD over fewer points.

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M = movmad(___,Name,Value) specifies additional parameters for the moving MAD using one or more name-value pair arguments. For example, if x is a vector of time values, then movmad(A,k,'SamplePoints',x) computes the moving MAD of A relative to the times in x.

Examples

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Compute the three-point centered moving MAD of a row vector. When there are fewer than three elements in the window at the endpoints, compute over the elements that are available.

A = [1 2 4 -1 -2 -3 -1 3 2 1];
M = movmad(A,3)
M = 1×10

    0.5000    1.0000    2.0000    1.0000    1.0000    1.0000    2.0000    1.0000    1.0000    0.5000

Compute the three-point trailing moving MAD of a row vector. When there are fewer than three elements in the window at the endpoints, compute over the elements that are available.

A = [1 2 1 -1 -2 -3 -1 3 4 1];
M = movmad(A,[2 0])
M = 1×10

         0    0.5000         0    1.0000    1.0000    1.0000    1.0000    2.0000    1.0000    1.0000

Compute the 3-point centered moving MAD for each row of a matrix. The dimension argument is 2, which slides the window across the columns of A. The window starts on the first row, slides horizontally to the end of the row, then moves to the second row, and so on.

A = [1 2 1; -1 -2 -3; -1 3 4]
A = 3×3

     1     2     1
    -1    -2    -3
    -1     3     4

M = movmad(A,3,2)
M = 3×3

    0.5000         0    0.5000
    0.5000    1.0000    0.5000
    2.0000    1.0000    0.5000

Compute the three-point centered moving MAD of a row vector containing two NaN elements.

A = [2 1 NaN -1 -2 -3 NaN 3 4 1];
M = movmad(A,3)
M = 1×10

    0.5000       NaN       NaN       NaN    1.0000       NaN       NaN       NaN    1.0000    1.5000

Recalculate the moving MAD omitting the NaN values. When movmad discards NaN elements, it computes over the remaining elements in the window.

M = movmad(A,3,'omitnan')
M = 1×10

    0.5000    0.5000    1.0000    0.5000    1.0000    0.5000    3.0000    0.5000    1.0000    1.5000

Compute a 3-hour centered moving MAD of the data in A according to the time vector t.

A = [4 8 6 -1 -2 -3];
k = hours(3);
t = datetime(2016,1,1,0,0,0) + hours(0:5)
t = 1x6 datetime
Columns 1 through 3

   01-Jan-2016 00:00:00   01-Jan-2016 01:00:00   01-Jan-2016 02:00:00

Columns 4 through 6

   01-Jan-2016 03:00:00   01-Jan-2016 04:00:00   01-Jan-2016 05:00:00

M = movmad(A,k,'SamplePoints',t)
M = 1×6

    2.0000    2.0000    2.0000    1.0000    1.0000    0.5000

Compute the three-point centered moving MAD of a row vector, but discard any calculation that uses fewer than three points from the output. In other words, return only the MADs computed from a full three-element window, discarding endpoint calculations.

A = [1 2 1 -1 -2 -3 -1 3 4 1];
M = movmad(A,3,'Endpoints','discard')
M = 1×8

     0     1     1     1     1     2     1     1

Input Arguments

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Input array, specified as a vector, matrix, or multidimensional array.

Window length, specified as a numeric or duration scalar. When k is a positive integer scalar, the centered MAD includes the element in the current position plus surrounding neighbors.

For example, movmad(A,3) computes an array of local three-point MAD values.

movmad(A,3) computation. The elements in the sample window are 1, 3, and 2, so the resulting local MAD is 1.

Directional window length, specified as a numeric or duration row vector containing two elements. When kb and kf are positive integer scalars, the calculation is over kb+kf+1 elements. The calculation includes the element in the current position, kb elements before the current position, and kf elements after the current position.

For example, movmad(A,[2 1]) computes an array of local four-point MAD values.

movmad(A,[2 1]) computation. The elements in the sample window are 4, 1, 3, and 2, so the resulting local MAD is 1.

Dimension to operate along, specified as a positive integer scalar. If you do not specify the dimension, then the default is the first array dimension of size greater than 1.

Consider an m-by-n input matrix, A:

  • movmad(A,k,1) computes the k-element sliding MADs for each column of A and returns an m-by-n matrix.

    movmad(A,k,1) column-wise operation

  • movmad(A,k,2) computes the k-element sliding MADs for each row of A and returns an m-by-n matrix.

    movmad(A,k,2) row-wise operation

NaN condition, specified as one of these values:

  • 'includenan' — Include NaN values from the input when computing the MAD, resulting in NaN output.

  • 'omitnan' — Ignore all NaN values in the input. If a window contains only NaN values, then movmad returns NaN.

Name-Value Arguments

Specify optional pairs of arguments as Name1=Value1,...,NameN=ValueN, where Name is the argument name and Value is the corresponding value. Name-value arguments must appear after other arguments, but the order of the pairs does not matter.

Before R2021a, use commas to separate each name and value, and enclose Name in quotes.

Example: M = movmad(A,k,'Endpoints','fill')

Method to treat windows near endpoints, specified as one of these options:

'Endpoints' ValueDescription
'shrink'Shrink the window size near the endpoints of the input to include only existing elements.
'discard'Do not output any MAD values when the window does not completely overlap with existing elements.
'fill'Replace nonexisting elements with NaN.
numeric or logical scalarReplace nonexisting elements with the specified numeric or logical value.

Sample points for computing MADs, specified as a vector. The sample points represent the locations of the data in A. Sample points do not need to be uniformly sampled. By default, the sample points vector is [1 2 3 ... ].

Moving windows are defined relative to the sample points, which must be sorted and contain unique elements. For example, if t is a vector of times corresponding to the input data, then movmad(rand(1,10),3,'SamplePoints',t) has a window that represents the time interval between t(i)-1.5 and t(i)+1.5.

When the sample points vector has data type datetime or duration, then the moving window length must have type duration.

If the sample points are nonuniformly spaced and the 'Endpoints' name-value pair is specified, then its value must be 'shrink'.

More About

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Median Absolute Deviation

For a finite-length vector A made up of N scalar observations, the median absolute deviation (MAD) is defined as

MAD = median(|Aimedian(A)|)

for i = 1,2,...,N.

Extended Capabilities

C/C++ Code Generation
Generate C and C++ code using MATLAB® Coder™.

Version History

Introduced in R2017a