# delete element from vector

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Majid Al-Sirafi el 24 de Sept. de 2012
Comentada: Sibghat el 2 de Mzo. de 2024
Hi everyone
how can I delete element from vector .... for example
a=[1,2,3,4,5]
how can I delete 3 from above vector to be
a=[1,2,4,5]
thank you
majid
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Rosie el 5 de Jul. de 2017
Editada: Walter Roberson el 5 de Jul. de 2017
Hi majed
You can use the follwoing
a(index)=[]
a(3)=[]
the number will delete
Good luck
Hamna Ameer el 29 de Sept. de 2017
Editada: Hamna Ameer el 29 de Sept. de 2017
a(3)=[] how can i directly store this in a new vector say b?

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Daniel Shub el 24 de Sept. de 2012
Editada: MathWorks Support Team el 9 de Nov. de 2018
I can think of three ways that are all slightly different
a=[1,2,3,4,5];
If you want to get rid of all cases where a is exactly equal to 3
b = a(a~=3);
If you want to delete the third element
b = a;
b(3) = [];
or on a single line
b = a([1:2, 4:end]);
Or, as Jan suggests:
a = [2,3,1,5,4]
a(a == 3) = []
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Walter Roberson el 5 de Jul. de 2017
b = a(a >= 2 & a <= 4); %keep 2 to 4
Rik el 31 de Mzo. de 2021
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Jan el 24 de Sept. de 2012
Editada: Jan el 24 de Sept. de 2012
a = [1,2,3,4,5]
a(3) = []
Or:
a = [2,3,1,5,4]
a(a == 3) = []
These methods are explained exhaustively in the "Getting Started" chapters of the documentation. It is strongly recommended to read them completely. The forum is not though to explain the fundamental basics. Thanks.
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Joel Bay el 28 de Jun. de 2019
"These methods are explained exhaustively in the "Getting Started" chapters of the documentation."
Wrong, definetely not exhaustively after comparing Daniel's answer and the documentation. Logical indexing is not even mentioned. The answers to this question is still useful in 2019.
irvin rynning el 6 de Dic. de 2021
unfortunately some of us prefer to use Matlab to solve problems in a timely manner, and cannot always engage in stackover-flow style plaudits on criticizing one's peers

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masoud sistaninejad el 23 de Ag. de 2021
A = [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7]
A = 1×7
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
B = [1 3 6]
B = 1×3
1 3 6
C = setdiff(A,B)
C = 1×4
2 4 5 7
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Andy Rojas el 24 de Nov. de 2021
Thank you!
Emma Fickett el 29 de Oct. de 2022
I've scoured through so many forums trying to remove a vector of values from another vector and setdiff does exactly what I needed, thank you so much!!

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Andrei Bobrov el 24 de Sept. de 2012
a = a(abs(a - 3) > eps(100))
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Majid Al-Sirafi el 24 de Sept. de 2012
than you very much

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Will Reeves el 15 de Feb. de 2022
really crude, but if you wanted to remove a row defined by and index, rather than a value, you could do something like this:
function out=removeRow(in,index)
% removes a row from an matrix
[~,n]=size(in);
if index>n || index<0
error('index needs to be within the range of the data')
else
if n==1
out=[]; % you've removed the last entry
else
% strip out the required entry
if index==1
out=in(2:end);
elseif index==n
out=in(1:end-1);
else
out=in([1:index-1 index+1:n]);
end
end
end
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Elias Gule el 1 de Dic. de 2015
% Use logical indexing
a = a(a~=3)
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denny el 31 de Ag. de 2017
Ntsakisi Kanyana el 31 de Mzo. de 2020
Does it work on strings?

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Abdul samad el 4 de Ag. de 2023
Yes , you can delete 3 from the given array by assigning the null matrix, like this .
In the command window do like this.
>> a=[1,2,3,4,5];
>> a(3) = [ ];
>>a
This will delete the 3 from the array a = [1,2,3,4,5];
Thank You
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Sibghat el 2 de Mzo. de 2024
The removal of the element at the 3rd index has already been addressed. However, if you want to remove all occurences of the number '3' from the array 'a', you can use the following code (with and without using the find method).
% For instance, let's modify the array 'a'
a = [1, 3, 2, 3, 4, 3, 5, 3];
b = find(a == 3); % Find the index of the element to delete
% The above line-of-code will also work without using the find keyword...
a(b) = []; % Delete the element(s)
a
a = 1×4
1 2 4 5
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Sibghat el 2 de Mzo. de 2024
And if you want to store the removed values in another variable and display the the exact position of the value. You can do it by either replacing the other values with zeroes or by replacing the desired value with zeroes. Hopefully, the following code will help.
a = [1, 3, 2, 3, 4, 3, 5, 3];
indices_of_3 = find(a == 3); % Find indices of elements equal to 3
removed_values = a(a == 3); % Store the removed values in another variable named 'removed_values'
% Create a vector with zeroes where the number is 3
b = zeros(size(a));
b(a ~= 3) = a(a ~= 3);
% Create a vector with zeroes where the number is not 3
c = zeros(size(a));
c(indices_of_3) = a(indices_of_3);
% Remove all occurrences of 3 from 'original_vector'
a(a == 3) = [];
% Display the results
% Modified vector after removal of all occurrences of 3
a
a = 1×4
1 2 4 5
% Removed values
removed_values
removed_values = 1×4
3 3 3 3
% Displaying zero where values is 3
b
b = 1×8
1 0 2 0 4 0 5 0
% Displaying zero where value is not 3
c
c = 1×8
0 3 0 3 0 3 0 3

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