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Puting empty value in numeric array

Asked by Ugur Acar on 9 Oct 2019
Latest activity Edited by meghannmarie on 9 Oct 2019
Easy question for advanced users, big question for a beginner like me.
I want to put an empty value or no value into a numeric matrix.
As an example;
if true
for n=1:4;
If %some condition is satisfied%
Data(n,1)= % a numeric value like 4%
Data(n,1)= % put nothing in this row %
Something like this,
Data(3,1)= no value,it exist but no value in it


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Answer by meghannmarie on 9 Oct 2019
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How about putting a NaN in it?
Data(n,1)= NaN;


In older versions of MATLAB, you could find tools like nansum, which will compute a sum, while omitting the NaN elements. (nansum is in the stats toolbox.) Hiwever in present day MATLAB, you will find an option to omit the NaNs in sum.
'omitnan' - the sum of a vector containing NaN values
is the sum of all its non-NaN elements. If all
elements are NaN, the result is 0.
However, you CANNOT put an empty value in an array. Arrays do not work like that. Arrays are rectangular things, with SOMETHING in every element. Nothing is not an option.
Thank you John for 'omitnan'. Can u suggest any solution about calculating the values of NaN elements in the data matrix using interpolate function
You could sum the data in your array by excluding NaNs during summation:

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Answer by Ugur Acar on 9 Oct 2019

you are right, i couldnt put nothing in a array. as i said, in the first step i want to determine empty elements in the array according to my if statement, then i will try to find these values with the help of other known elements using interpolate function.


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Thank you Steven, i guess what i was looking for is fillmissing function, i will try it
When you use sum or any other statistics use the nan flag if you do not want those considered:
S = sum(Data, 'omitnan')
if you want to interpolate at the nan values, you can get of an index to all the nan values by using isnan and using interp1:
nan_idx = isnan(Data);
x = 1:numel(Data);
Data(nan_idx) = interp1(x(~nan_idx), Data(~nan_idx),x(nan_idx));
Nan flag will solve the problem i believe thanks meghannmarie

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