Matlab - Dynamic Connectome Lab

Matlab - Dynamic Connectome Lab

MATLAB

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Getting Started Guide

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Revision History

December 1996 First printing

May 1997 Second printing

September 1998 Third printing

September 2000 Fourth printing

June 2001 Online only

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September 2006 Eighth printing

March 2007 Ninth printing

September 2007 Tenth printing

March 2008

October 2008

March 2009

For MATLAB 5

For MATLAB 5.1

For MATLAB 5.3

Revised for MATLAB 6 (Release 12)

Revised for MATLAB 6.1 (Release 12.1)

Revised for MATLAB 6.5 (Release 13)

Revised for MATLAB 6.5

Revised for MATLAB 7.0 (Release 14)

Revised for MATLAB 7.0.1 (Release 14SP1)

Revised for MATLAB 7.0.4 (Release 14SP2)

Minor revision for MATLAB 7.0.4 (Release 14SP2)

Minor revision for MATLAB 7.1 (Release 14SP3)

Minor revision for MATLAB 7.2 (Release 2006a)

Minor revision for MATLAB 7.3 (Release 2006b)

Minor revision for MATLAB 7.4 (Release 2007a)

Minor revision for MATLAB 7.5 (Release 2007b)

Eleventh printing Minor revision for MATLAB 7.6 (Release 2008a)

Twelfth printing Minor revision for MATLAB 7.7 (Release 2008b)

Thirteenth printing Minor revision for MATLAB 7.8 (Release 2009a)

September 2009 Fourteenth printing Minor revision for MATLAB 7.9 (Release 2009b)

March 2010 Fifteenth printing Minor revision for MATLAB 7.10 (Release 2010a)

Getting Started

Introduction

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Product Overview

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Overview of the MATLAB Environment

The MATLAB System

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Documentation

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Starting and Quitting the MATLAB Program

Starting a MATLAB Session

Quitting the MATLAB Program

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Matrices and Arrays

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Matrices and Magic Squares

About Matrices

Entering Matrices

sum, transpose, and diag

Subscripts

The Colon Operator

The magic Function

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Expressions

Variables

Numbers

Operators

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2-12

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Contents

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Contents

Functions

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Examples of Expressions

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Working with Matrices

Generating Matrices

The load Function

M-Files

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Concatenation

Deleting Rows and Columns

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2-19

More About Matrices and Arrays

Linear Algebra

Arrays

Multivariate Data

Scalar Expansion

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Logical Subscripting

The find Function

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Controlling Command Window Input and Output

The format Function

Suppressing Output

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Entering Long Statements

Command Line Editing

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Graphics

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Overview of Plotting

Plotting Process

Graph Components

Figure Tools

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Arranging Graphs Within a Figure

Choosing a Type of Graph to Plot

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Editing Plots

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Plot Edit Mode

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Using Functions to Edit Graphs

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Some Ways to Use Plotting Tools

Plotting Two Variables with Plotting Tools

Changing the Appearance of Lines and Markers

Adding More Data to the Graph

Changing the Type of Graph

Modifying the Graph Data Source

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3-32

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Preparing Graphs for Presentation

Annotating Graphs for Presentation

Printing the Graph

Exporting the Graph

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Using Basic Plotting Functions

Creating a Plot

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Adding Axis Labels and Titles

Saving Figures

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Plotting Multiple Data Sets in One Graph

Specifying Line Styles and Colors

Plotting Lines and Markers

Graphing Imaginary and Complex Data

Adding Plots to an Existing Graph

Figure Windows

Displaying Multiple Plots in One Figure

Controlling the Axes

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Creating Mesh and Surface Plots

About Mesh and Surface Plots

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Visualizing Functions of Two Variables

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Plotting Image Data

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About Plotting Image Data

Reading and Writing Images

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Printing Graphics

Overview of Printing

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Printing from the File Menu

Exporting the Figure to a Graphics File

Using the Print Command

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Understanding Handle Graphics Objects

Using the Handle

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Graphics Objects

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Setting Object Properties

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Specifying the Axes or Figure

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Finding the Handles of Existing Objects

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Programming

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Flow Control

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Conditional Control — if, else, switch

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Loop Control — for, while, continue, break

Error Control — try, catch

Program Termination — return

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Other Data Structures

Multidimensional Arrays

Cell Arrays

Characters and Text

Structures

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Scripts and Functions

Overview

Scripts

Functions

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Types of Functions

Global Variables

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Passing String Arguments to Functions

The eval Function

Function Handles

Function Functions

Vectorization

Preallocation

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Object-Oriented Programming

MATLAB Classes and Objects

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Learn About Defining MATLAB Classes

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Data Analysis

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Introduction

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Preprocessing Data

Overview

Loading the Data

Missing Data

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Outliers

Smoothing and Filtering

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Summarizing Data

Overview

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Measures of Location

Measures of Scale

Shape of a Distribution

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Visualizing Data

Overview

2-D Scatter Plots

3-D Scatter Plots

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Scatter Plot Arrays

Exploring Data in Graphs

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Modeling Data

Overview

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Polynomial Regression

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General Linear Regression

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Creating Graphical User Interfaces

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What Is GUIDE?

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Laying Out a GUI

Starting GUIDE

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The Layout Editor

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Programming a GUI

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Desktop Tools and Development Environment

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Desktop Overview

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Introduction to the Desktop

Arranging the Desktop

Start Button

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Command Window and Command History

Command Window

Command History

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Getting Help

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Ways to Get Help

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Accessing Documentation, Examples, and Demos Using the

Help Browser

Searching for Documentation and Demos

Browsing for Documentation and Demos

Running Demos and Code in Examples

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7-7

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Workspace Browser and Variable Editor

Workspace Browser

Variable Editor

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Managing Files in MATLAB

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How MATLAB Helps You Manage Files

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Making Files Accessible to MATLAB

Using the Current Folder Browser to Manage Files

More Ways to Manage Files

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Finding and Getting Files Created by Other Users —

File Exchange

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Editor

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Editing MATLAB Code Files

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Identifying Problems and Areas for Improvement

Publishing MATLAB Code Files

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Improving and Tuning Your MATLAB Programs

Finding Errors Using the Code Analyzer Report

Improving Performance Using the Profiler

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External Interfaces

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Programming Interfaces

Line

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Call MATLAB Software from C/C++ and Fortran

Programs

Call C/C++ and Fortran Programs from MATLAB Command

Line

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Call Sun Java Commands from MATLAB Command

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Call Functions in Shared Libraries

Import and Export Data

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Interface to .NET Framework

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Component Object Model Interface

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Web Services

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Serial Port Interface

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Contents

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Getting Started

The MATLAB ® high-performance language for technical computing integrates computation, visualization, and programming in an easy-to-use environment where problems and solutions are expressed in familiar mathematical notation. You can watch the Getting Started with MATLAB video demo for an overview of the major functionality. If you have an active Internet connection, you can also watch the Working in the Development Environment video demo, and the Writing a MATLAB Program video demo. This collection includes the following topics:

Chapter 1, Introduction (p. 1-1)

Chapter 2, Matrices and Arrays

(p. 2-1)

Chapter 3, Graphics (p. 3-1)

Chapter 4, Programming (p. 4-1)

Chapter 5, Data Analysis (p. 5-1)

Chapter 6, Creating Graphical User

Interfaces (p. 6-1)

Chapter 7, Desktop Tools and

Development Environment (p. 7-1)

Chapter 8, External Interfaces

(p. 8-1)

Describes the components of the

MATLAB system

How to use MATLAB to generate matrices and perform mathematical operations on matrices

How to plot data, annotate graphs, and work with images

How to use MATLAB to create scripts and functions, how to construct and manipulate data structures

How to set up a basic data analysis

Introduces GUIDE, the MATLAB graphical user interface development environment.

Information about tools and the

MATLAB desktop

Introduces external interfaces available in MATLAB software.

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Getting Started

A printable version (PDF) of this documentation is available on the

Web—MATLAB Getting Started Guide. For tutorial information about any of the topics covered in this collection, see the corresponding sections in the MATLAB documentation. For reference information about MATLAB functions, see the MATLAB Function Reference.

Introduction

“Product Overview” on page 1-2

“Documentation” on page 1-5

“Starting and Quitting the MATLAB Program” on page 1-7

1

1

Introduction

Product Overview

In this section...

“Overview of the MATLAB Environment” on page 1-2

“The MATLAB System” on page 1-3

Overview of the MATLAB Environment

MATLAB is a high-level technical computing language and interactive environment for algorithm development, data visualization, data analysis, and numeric computation. Using the MATLAB product, you can solve technical computing problems faster than with traditional programming languages, such as C, C++, and Fortran.

You can use MATLAB in a wide range of applications, including signal and image processing, communications, control design, test and measurement, financial modeling and analysis, and computational biology. Add-on toolboxes

(collections of special-purpose MATLAB functions, available separately) extend the MATLAB environment to solve particular classes of problems in these application areas.

MATLAB provides a number of features for documenting and sharing your work. You can integrate your MATLAB code with other languages and applications, and distribute your MATLAB algorithms and applications.

Features include:

High-level language for technical computing

Development environment for managing code, files, and data

Interactive tools for iterative exploration, design, and problem solving

Mathematical functions for linear algebra, statistics, Fourier analysis, filtering, optimization, and numerical integration

2-D and 3-D graphics functions for visualizing data

Tools for building custom graphical user interfaces

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Product Overview

Functions for integrating MATLAB based algorithms with external applications and languages, such as C, C++, Fortran, Java™, COM, and

Microsoft ® Excel ®

The MATLAB System

The MATLAB system consists of these main parts:

Desktop Tools and Development Environment

This part of MATLAB is the set of tools and facilities that help you use and become more productive with MATLAB functions and files. Many of these tools are graphical user interfaces. It includes: the MATLAB desktop and

Command Window, an editor and debugger, a code analyzer, and browsers for viewing help, the workspace, and folders.

Mathematical Function Library

This library is a vast collection of computational algorithms ranging from elementary functions, like sum, sine, cosine, and complex arithmetic, to more sophisticated functions like matrix inverse, matrix eigenvalues, Bessel functions, and fast Fourier transforms.

The Language

The MATLAB language is a high-level matrix/array language with control flow statements, functions, data structures, input/output, and object-oriented programming features. It allows both “programming in the small” to rapidly create quick programs you do not intend to reuse. You can also do

“programming in the large” to create complex application programs intended for reuse.

Graphics

MATLAB has extensive facilities for displaying vectors and matrices as graphs, as well as annotating and printing these graphs. It includes high-level functions for two-dimensional and three-dimensional data visualization, image processing, animation, and presentation graphics. It also includes low-level functions that allow you to fully customize the appearance of graphics as well as to build complete graphical user interfaces on your

MATLAB applications.

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Introduction

External Interfaces

The external interfaces library allows you to write C/C++ and Fortran programs that interact with MATLAB. It includes facilities for calling routines from MATLAB (dynamic linking), for calling MATLAB as a computational engine, and for reading and writing MAT-files.

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Documentation

Documentation

The MATLAB program provides extensive documentation, in both printable and HTML format, to help you learn about and use all of its features. If you are a new user, begin with this Getting Started guide. It covers all the primary MATLAB features at a high level, including many examples.

To view the online documentation, select Help > Product Help in MATLAB.

Online help appears in the Help browser, providing task-oriented and reference information about MATLAB features. For more information about

using the Help browser, see “Getting Help” on page 7-7.

The MATLAB documentation is organized into these main topics:

Desktop Tools and Development Environment — Startup and shutdown, arranging the desktop, and using tools to become more productive with

MATLAB

Data Import and Export — Retrieving and storing data, memory-mapping, and accessing Internet files

Mathematics — Mathematical operations

Data Analysis — Data analysis, including data fitting, Fourier analysis, and time-series tools

Programming Fundamentals — The MATLAB language and how to develop MATLAB applications

Object-Oriented Programming — Designing and implementing MATLAB classes

Graphics — Tools and techniques for plotting, graph annotation, printing, and programming with Handle Graphics ® objects

3-D Visualization — Visualizing surface and volume data, transparency, and viewing and lighting techniques

Creating Graphical User Interfaces — GUI-building tools and how to write callback functions

External Interfaces — MEX-files, the MATLAB engine, and interfacing to

Sun Microsystems™ Java software, Microsoft ® .NET Framework, COM,

Web services, and the serial port

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1

Introduction

There is reference documentation for all MATLAB functions:

Function Reference — Lists all MATLAB functions, listed in categories or alphabetically

Handle Graphics Property Browser — Provides easy access to descriptions of graphics object properties

C/C++ and Fortran API Reference — Covers functions used by the

MATLAB external interfaces, providing information on syntax in the calling language, description, arguments, return values, and examples

The MATLAB online documentation also includes:

Examples — An index of examples included in the documentation

Release Notes — New features, compatibility considerations, and bug reports for current and recent previous releases

Printable Documentation — PDF versions of the documentation, suitable for printing

In addition to the documentation, you can access demos for each product from the Help browser. Run demos to learn about key functionality of

MathWorks™ products and tools.

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Starting and Quitting the MATLAB ® Program

Starting and Quitting the MATLAB Program

In this section...

“Starting a MATLAB Session” on page 1-7

“Quitting the MATLAB Program” on page 1-8

Starting a MATLAB Session

On Microsoft Windows ® platforms, start the MATLAB program by double-clicking the MATLAB shortcut on your Windows desktop.

On Apple ® Macintosh ® platforms, start MATLAB by double-clicking the

MATLAB icon in the

Applications folder.

On UNIX ® platforms, start MATLAB by typing matlab at the operating system prompt.

When you start MATLAB, by default, MATLAB automatically loads all the program files provided by The MathWorks for MATLAB and other

MathWorks products. You do not have to start each product you want to use.

There are alternative ways to start MATLAB, and you can customize

MATLAB startup. For example, you can change the folder in which MATLAB starts or automatically execute MATLAB statements upon startup.

For More Information See “Startup and Shutdown” in the Desktop Tools and Development Environment documentation.

The Desktop

When you start MATLAB, the desktop appears, containing tools (graphical user interfaces) for managing files, variables, and applications associated with MATLAB.

The following illustration shows the default desktop. You can customize the arrangement of tools and documents to suit your needs. For more information

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1

Introduction

about the desktop tools, see Chapter 7, “Desktop Tools and Development

Environment”.

Menus change, depending on the tool you are using.

Enter MATLAB statements at the prompt.

View or change the current folder.

Move, minimize, resize, or close a tool.

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Quitting the MATLAB Program

To end your MATLAB session, select File > Exit MATLAB in the desktop, or type quit in the Command Window. You can run a script file named finish.m

each time MATLAB quits that, for example, executes functions to save the workspace.

Starting and Quitting the MATLAB ® Program

Confirm Quitting

MATLAB can display a confirmation dialog box before quitting. To set this option, select File > Preferences > General > Confirmation Dialogs, and select the check box for Confirm before exiting MATLAB.

For More Information See “Quitting the MATLAB Program” in the Desktop

Tools and Development Environment documentation.

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Introduction

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2

Matrices and Arrays

You can watch the Getting Started with MATLAB video demo for an overview of the major functionality.

“Matrices and Magic Squares” on page 2-2

“Expressions” on page 2-11

“Working with Matrices” on page 2-16

“More About Matrices and Arrays” on page 2-20

“Controlling Command Window Input and Output” on page 2-30

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Matrices and Arrays

Matrices and Magic Squares

In this section...

“About Matrices” on page 2-2

“Entering Matrices” on page 2-4

“sum, transpose, and diag” on page 2-5

“Subscripts” on page 2-7

“The Colon Operator” on page 2-8

“The magic Function” on page 2-9

About Matrices

In the MATLAB environment, a matrix is a rectangular array of numbers.

Special meaning is sometimes attached to 1-by-1 matrices, which are scalars, and to matrices with only one row or column, which are vectors.

MATLAB has other ways of storing both numeric and nonnumeric data, but in the beginning, it is usually best to think of everything as a matrix. The operations in MATLAB are designed to be as natural as possible. Where other programming languages work with numbers one at a time, MATLAB allows you to work with entire matrices quickly and easily. A good example matrix, used throughout this book, appears in the Renaissance engraving Melencolia

I by the German artist and amateur mathematician Albrecht Dürer.

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Matrices and Magic Squares

This image is filled with mathematical symbolism, and if you look carefully, you will see a matrix in the upper right corner. This matrix is known as a magic square and was believed by many in Dürer’s time to have genuinely magical properties. It does turn out to have some fascinating characteristics worth exploring.

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Matrices and Arrays

2-4

Entering Matrices

The best way for you to get started with MATLAB is to learn how to handle matrices. Start MATLAB and follow along with each example.

You can enter matrices into MATLAB in several different ways:

Enter an explicit list of elements.

Load matrices from external data files.

Generate matrices using built-in functions.

Create matrices with your own functions in M-files.

Start by entering Dürer’s matrix as a list of its elements. You only have to follow a few basic conventions:

Separate the elements of a row with blanks or commas.

Use a semicolon,

;

, to indicate the end of each row.

Surround the entire list of elements with square brackets,

[ ]

.

To enter Dürer’s matrix, simply type in the Command Window

A = [16 3 2 13; 5 10 11 8; 9 6 7 12; 4 15 14 1]

Matrices and Magic Squares

MATLAB displays the matrix you just entered:

A =

16

5

9

4

3

10

6

15

2

11

7

14

13

8

12

1

This matrix matches the numbers in the engraving. Once you have entered the matrix, it is automatically remembered in the MATLAB workspace. You can refer to it simply as

A

. Now that you have

A in the workspace, take a look at what makes it so interesting. Why is it magic?

sum, transpose, and diag

You are probably already aware that the special properties of a magic square have to do with the various ways of summing its elements. If you take the sum along any row or column, or along either of the two main diagonals, you will always get the same number. Let us verify that using MATLAB.

The first statement to try is sum(A)

MATLAB replies with ans =

34 34 34 34

When you do not specify an output variable, MATLAB uses the variable ans

, short for answer, to store the results of a calculation. You have computed a row vector containing the sums of the columns of

A

. Each of the columns has the same sum, the magic sum, 34.

How about the row sums? MATLAB has a preference for working with the columns of a matrix, so one way to get the row sums is to transpose the matrix, compute the column sums of the transpose, and then transpose the result. For an additional way that avoids the double transpose use the dimension argument for the sum function.

MATLAB has two transpose operators. The apostrophe operator (e.g.,

A'

) performs a complex conjugate transposition. It flips a matrix about its main

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2

Matrices and Arrays diagonal, and also changes the sign of the imaginary component of any complex elements of the matrix. The dot-apostrophe operator (e.g.,

A.'

), transposes without affecting the sign of complex elements. For matrices containing all real elements, the two operators return the same result.

So

A' produces ans =

16

3

2

13

5

10

11

8

7

12

9

6

4

15

14

1 and sum(A')' produces a column vector containing the row sums ans =

34

34

34

34

The sum of the elements on the main diagonal is obtained with the sum and the diag functions: diag(A) produces ans =

16

10

7

1

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Matrices and Magic Squares and sum(diag(A)) produces ans =

34

The other diagonal, the so-called antidiagonal, is not so important mathematically, so MATLAB does not have a ready-made function for it.

But a function originally intended for use in graphics, fliplr

, flips a matrix from left to right: sum(diag(fliplr(A))) ans =

34

You have verified that the matrix in Dürer’s engraving is indeed a magic square and, in the process, have sampled a few MATLAB matrix operations.

The following sections continue to use this matrix to illustrate additional

MATLAB capabilities.

Subscripts

The element in row i and column j of

A is denoted by

A(i,j)

. For example,

A(4,2) is the number in the fourth row and second column. For the magic square,

A(4,2) is

15

. So to compute the sum of the elements in the fourth column of

A

, type

A(1,4) + A(2,4) + A(3,4) + A(4,4)

This subscript produces ans =

34 but is not the most elegant way of summing a single column.

It is also possible to refer to the elements of a matrix with a single subscript,

A(k)

. A single subscript is the usual way of referencing row and column vectors. However, it can also apply to a fully two-dimensional matrix, in

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Matrices and Arrays which case the array is regarded as one long column vector formed from the columns of the original matrix. So, for the magic square,

A(8) is another way of referring to the value

15 stored in

A(4,2)

.

If you try to use the value of an element outside of the matrix, it is an error: t = A(4,5)

Index exceeds matrix dimensions.

Conversely, if you store a value in an element outside of the matrix, the size increases to accommodate the newcomer:

X = A;

X(4,5) = 17

X =

16

5

9

4

3

10

6

15

2

11

7

14

13

8

12

1

0

17

0

0

The Colon Operator

The colon,

:

, is one of the most important MATLAB operators. It occurs in several different forms. The expression

1:10 is a row vector containing the integers from 1 to 10:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

To obtain nonunit spacing, specify an increment. For example,

100:-7:50 is

86 79 72 65 58 51 100 and

93

0:pi/4:pi

10

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Matrices and Magic Squares is

0 0.7854

1.5708

2.3562

3.1416

Subscript expressions involving colons refer to portions of a matrix:

A(1:k,j) is the first k elements of the j th column of

A

. Thus: sum(A(1:4,4)) computes the sum of the fourth column. However, there is a better way to perform this computation. The colon by itself refers to all the elements in a row or column of a matrix and the keyword end refers to the last row or column. Thus: sum(A(:,end)) computes the sum of the elements in the last column of

A

: ans =

34

Why is the magic sum for a 4-by-4 square equal to 34? If the integers from 1 to 16 are sorted into four groups with equal sums, that sum must be sum(1:16)/4 which, of course, is ans =

34

The magic Function

MATLAB actually has a built-in function that creates magic squares of almost any size. Not surprisingly, this function is named magic

:

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Matrices and Arrays

B = magic(4)

B =

16

5

2

11

9

4

7

14

3

10

6

15

13

8

12

1

This matrix is almost the same as the one in the Dürer engraving and has all the same “magic” properties; the only difference is that the two middle columns are exchanged.

To make this

B into Dürer’s

A

, swap the two middle columns:

A = B(:,[1 3 2 4])

This subscript indicates that—for each of the rows of matrix

B

—reorder the elements in the order 1, 3, 2, 4. It produces:

A =

16

5

9

4

3

10

6

15

2

11

7

14

13

8

12

1

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Expressions

Expressions

In this section...

“Variables” on page 2-11

“Numbers” on page 2-12

“Operators” on page 2-13

“Functions” on page 2-13

“Examples of Expressions” on page 2-15

Variables

Like most other programming languages, the MATLAB language provides mathematical expressions, but unlike most programming languages, these expressions involve entire matrices.

MATLAB does not require any type declarations or dimension statements.

When MATLAB encounters a new variable name, it automatically creates the variable and allocates the appropriate amount of storage. If the variable already exists, MATLAB changes its contents and, if necessary, allocates new storage. For example, num_students = 25 creates a 1-by-1 matrix named num_students and stores the value 25 in its single element. To view the matrix assigned to any variable, simply enter the variable name.

Variable names consist of a letter, followed by any number of letters, digits, or underscores. MATLAB is case sensitive; it distinguishes between uppercase and lowercase letters.

A and a are not the same variable.

Although variable names can be of any length, MATLAB uses only the first

N characters of the name, (where

N is the number returned by the function namelengthmax

), and ignores the rest. Hence, it is important to make each variable name unique in the first

N characters to enable MATLAB to distinguish variables.

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Matrices and Arrays

N = namelengthmax

N =

63

The genvarname function can be useful in creating variable names that are both valid and unique.

Numbers

MATLAB uses conventional decimal notation, with an optional decimal point and leading plus or minus sign, for numbers. Scientific notation uses the letter e to specify a power-of-ten scale factor. Imaginary numbers use either i or j as a suffix. Some examples of legal numbers are

3

9.6397238

1i

-99

1.60210e-20

-3.14159j

0.0001

6.02252e23

3e5i

All numbers are stored internally using the long format specified by the

IEEE ® floating-point standard. Floating-point numbers have a finite precision of roughly 16 significant decimal digits and a finite range of roughly 10 -308 to 10 +308 .

The section “Avoiding Common Problems with Floating-Point Arithmetic” gives a few of the examples showing how IEEE floating-point arithmetic affects computations in MATLAB. For more examples and information, see

Technical Note 1108 — Common Problems with Floating-Point Arithmetic.

MATLAB software stores the real and imaginary parts of a complex number.

It handles the magnitude of the parts in different ways depending on the context. For instance, the sort function sorts based on magnitude and resolves ties by phase angle.

sort([3+4i, 4+3i]) ans =

4.0000 + 3.0000i

3.0000 + 4.0000i

This is because of the phase angle: angle(3+4i) ans =

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Expressions

0.9273

angle(4+3i) ans =

0.6435

The “equal to” relational operator

== requires both the real and imaginary parts to be equal. The other binary relational operators

> <

,

>=

, and

<= ignore the imaginary part of the number and consider the real part only.

*

/

\

+

-

Operators

Expressions use familiar arithmetic operators and precedence rules.

^

'

( )

Addition

Subtraction

Multiplication

Division

Left division (described in “Linear Algebra” in the

MATLAB documentation)

Power

Complex conjugate transpose

Specify evaluation order

Functions

MATLAB provides a large number of standard elementary mathematical functions, including abs

, sqrt

, exp

, and sin

. Taking the square root or logarithm of a negative number is not an error; the appropriate complex result is produced automatically. MATLAB also provides many more advanced mathematical functions, including Bessel and gamma functions. Most of these functions accept complex arguments. For a list of the elementary mathematical functions, type help elfun

For a list of more advanced mathematical and matrix functions, type

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2

Matrices and Arrays help specfun help elmat

Some of the functions, like sqrt and sin

, are built in. Built-in functions are part of the MATLAB core so they are very efficient, but the computational details are not readily accessible. Other functions, like gamma and sinh

, are implemented in M-files.

There are some differences between built-in functions and other functions.

For example, for built-in functions, you cannot see the code. For other functions, you can see the code and even modify it if you want.

Several special functions provide values of useful constants.

pi i j eps realmin

3.14159265...

Imaginary unit,

Same as i

Floating-point relative precision,

Smallest floating-point number, realmax

Inf

NaN

Largest floating-point number,

Infinity

Not-a-number

Infinity is generated by dividing a nonzero value by zero, or by evaluating well defined mathematical expressions that overflow, i.e., exceed realmax

.

Not-a-number is generated by trying to evaluate expressions like

0/0 or

Inf

-

Inf that do not have well defined mathematical values.

The function names are not reserved. It is possible to overwrite any of them with a new variable, such as eps = 1.e-6

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Expressions and then use that value in subsequent calculations. The original function can be restored with clear eps

Examples of Expressions

You have already seen several examples of MATLAB expressions. Here are a few more examples, and the resulting values: rho = (1+sqrt(5))/2 rho =

1.6180

a = abs(3+4i) a =

5 z = sqrt(besselk(4/3,rho-i)) z =

0.3730+ 0.3214i

huge = exp(log(realmax)) huge =

1.7977e+308 toobig = pi*huge toobig =

Inf

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Matrices and Arrays

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Working with Matrices

In this section...

“Generating Matrices” on page 2-16

“The load Function” on page 2-17

“M-Files” on page 2-17

“Concatenation” on page 2-18

“Deleting Rows and Columns” on page 2-19

Generating Matrices

MATLAB software provides four functions that generate basic matrices.

zeros ones rand randn

All zeros

All ones

Uniformly distributed random elements

Normally distributed random elements

Here are some examples:

Z = zeros(2,4)

Z =

0

0

0

0

0

0

F = 5*ones(3,3)

F =

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

N = fix(10*rand(1,10))

N =

9 2 6 4

0

0

8 7 4 0 8 4

Working with Matrices

R = randn(4,4)

R =

0.6353

-0.6014

0.0860

-2.0046

0.5512

-1.0998

-0.4931

0.4620

-0.3210

1.2366

-0.6313

-2.3252

-1.2316

1.0556

-0.1132

0.3792

The load Function

The load function reads binary files containing matrices generated by earlier

MATLAB sessions, or reads text files containing numeric data. The text file should be organized as a rectangular table of numbers, separated by blanks, with one row per line, and an equal number of elements in each row. For example, outside of MATLAB, create a text file containing these four lines:

16.0

5.0

9.0

4.0

3.0

10.0

6.0

15.0

2.0

11.0

7.0

14.0

13.0

8.0

12.0

1.0

Save the file as magik.dat

in the current directory. The statement load magik.dat

reads the file and creates a variable, magik

, containing the example matrix.

An easy way to read data into MATLAB from many text or binary formats is to use the Import Wizard.

M-Files

You can create your own matrices using M-files, which are text files containing

MATLAB code. Use the MATLAB Editor or another text editor to create a file containing the same statements you would type at the MATLAB command line. Save the file under a name that ends in

.m

.

For example, create a file in the current directory named magik.m

containing these five lines:

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Matrices and Arrays

A = [16.0

5.0

9.0

4.0

The statement

3.0

10.0

6.0

15.0

2.0

11.0

7.0

14.0

13.0

8.0

12.0

1.0 ]; magik reads the file and creates a variable,

A

, containing the example matrix.

Concatenation

Concatenation is the process of joining small matrices to make bigger ones. In fact, you made your first matrix by concatenating its individual elements. The pair of square brackets,

[]

, is the concatenation operator. For an example, start with the 4-by-4 magic square,

A

, and form

B = [A A+32; A+48 A+16]

The result is an 8-by-8 matrix, obtained by joining the four submatrices:

B =

64

53

57

52

16

5

9

4

51

58

54

63

3

10

6

15

50

59

55

62

2

11

7

14

61

56

60

49

13

8

12

1

32

21

25

20

48

37

41

36

19

26

22

31

35

42

38

47

18

27

23

30

34

43

39

46

29

24

28

17

45

40

44

33

This matrix is halfway to being another magic square. Its elements are a rearrangement of the integers

1:64

. Its column sums are the correct value for an 8-by-8 magic square: sum(B) ans =

260 260 260 260 260 260 260 260

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Working with Matrices

But its row sums, sum(B')'

, are not all the same. Further manipulation is necessary to make this a valid 8-by-8 magic square.

Deleting Rows and Columns

You can delete rows and columns from a matrix using just a pair of square brackets. Start with

X = A;

Then, to delete the second column of

X

, use

X(:,2) = []

This changes

X to

X =

16

5

9

4

2

11

7

14

13

8

12

1

If you delete a single element from a matrix, the result is not a matrix anymore. So, expressions like

X(1,2) = [] result in an error. However, using a single subscript deletes a single element, or sequence of elements, and reshapes the remaining elements into a row vector. So

X(2:2:10) = [] results in

X =

16 9 2 7 13 12 1

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More About Matrices and Arrays

In this section...

“Linear Algebra” on page 2-20

“Arrays” on page 2-24

“Multivariate Data” on page 2-26

“Scalar Expansion” on page 2-27

“Logical Subscripting” on page 2-27

“The find Function” on page 2-28

Linear Algebra

Informally, the terms matrix and array are often used interchangeably. More precisely, a matrix is a two-dimensional numeric array that represents a linear transformation. The mathematical operations defined on matrices are the subject of linear algebra.

Dürer’s magic square

A = [16

5

9

4

3

10

6

15

2

11

7

14

13

8

12

1 ] provides several examples that give a taste of MATLAB matrix operations.

You have already seen the matrix transpose,

A'

. Adding a matrix to its transpose produces a symmetric matrix:

A + A' ans =

32

8

11

17

8

20

17

23

11

17

14

26

17

23

26

2

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The multiplication symbol,

*

, denotes the matrix multiplication involving inner products between rows and columns. Multiplying the transpose of a matrix by the original matrix also produces a symmetric matrix:

A'*A ans =

378

212

206

360

212 206

370 368

368 370

206 212

360

206

212

378

The determinant of this particular matrix happens to be zero, indicating that the matrix is singular: d = det(A) d =

0

The reduced row echelon form of

A is not the identity:

R = rref(A)

R =

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

-3

3

0

Because the matrix is singular, it does not have an inverse. If you try to compute the inverse with

X = inv(A) you will get a warning message:

Warning: Matrix is close to singular or badly scaled.

Results may be inaccurate. RCOND = 9.796086e-018.

Roundoff error has prevented the matrix inversion algorithm from detecting exact singularity. But the value of rcond

, which stands for reciprocal

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condition estimate, is on the order of eps

, the floating-point relative precision, so the computed inverse is unlikely to be of much use.

The eigenvalues of the magic square are interesting: e = eig(A) e =

34.0000

8.0000

0.0000

-8.0000

One of the eigenvalues is zero, which is another consequence of singularity.

The largest eigenvalue is 34, the magic sum. That sum results because the vector of all ones is an eigenvector: v = ones(4,1) v =

1

1

1

1

A*v ans =

34

34

34

34

When a magic square is scaled by its magic sum,

P = A/34 the result is a doubly stochastic matrix whose row and column sums are all 1:

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P =

0.4706

0.1471

0.2647

0.1176

0.0882

0.2941

0.1765

0.4412

0.0588

0.3235

0.2059

0.4118

0.3824

0.2353

0.3529

0.0294

Such matrices represent the transition probabilities in a Markov process.

Repeated powers of the matrix represent repeated steps of the process. For this example, the fifth power

P^5 is

0.2507

0.2497

0.2500

0.2496

0.2495

0.2501

0.2498

0.2506

0.2494

0.2502

0.2499

0.2505

0.2504

0.2500

0.2503

0.2493

This shows that as approaches infinity, all the elements in the th power,

, approach .

Finally, the coefficients in the characteristic polynomial poly(A) are

1 -34 -64 2176 0

These coefficients indicate that the characteristic polynomial is

The constant term is zero because the matrix is singular. The coefficient of the cubic term is -34 because the matrix is magic!

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.\

.^

.'

+

-

.*

./

Arrays

When they are taken away from the world of linear algebra, matrices become two-dimensional numeric arrays. Arithmetic operations on arrays are done element by element. This means that addition and subtraction are the same for arrays and matrices, but that multiplicative operations are different. MATLAB uses a dot, or decimal point, as part of the notation for multiplicative array operations.

The list of operators includes

Addition

Subtraction

Element-by-element multiplication

Element-by-element division

Element-by-element left division

Element-by-element power

Unconjugated array transpose

If the Dürer magic square is multiplied by itself with array multiplication

A.*A the result is an array containing the squares of the integers from 1 to 16, in an unusual order: ans =

256

25

81

16

9 4

100 121

169

64

36 49 144

225 196 1

Building Tables

Array operations are useful for building tables. Suppose n is the column vector n = (0:9)';

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Then pows = [n n.^2 2.^n] builds a table of squares and powers of 2: pows =

0

1

2

5

6

3

4

7

8

9

4

9

0

1

16

25

16

32

36 64

49 128

64 256

81 512

4

8

1

2

The elementary math functions operate on arrays element by element. So format short g x = (1:0.1:2)'; logs = [x log10(x)] builds a table of logarithms.

logs =

1.0

1.1

1.2

1.3

1.4

1.5

1.6

1.7

1.8

1.9

2.0

0

0.04139

0.07918

0.11394

0.14613

0.17609

0.20412

0.23045

0.25527

0.27875

0.30103

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Multivariate Data

MATLAB uses column-oriented analysis for multivariate statistical data.

Each column in a data set represents a variable and each row an observation.

The

(i,j) th element is the i th observation of the j th variable.

As an example, consider a data set with three variables:

Heart rate

Weight

Hours of exercise per week

For five observations, the resulting array might look like

D = [ 72

81

69

82

75

134

201

156

148

170

3.2

3.5

7.1

2.4

1.2 ]

The first row contains the heart rate, weight, and exercise hours for patient 1, the second row contains the data for patient 2, and so on. Now you can apply many MATLAB data analysis functions to this data set. For example, to obtain the mean and standard deviation of each column, use mu = mean(D), sigma = std(D) mu =

75.8

161.8

3.48

sigma =

5.6303

25.499

2.2107

For a list of the data analysis functions available in MATLAB, type help datafun

If you have access to the Statistics Toolbox™ software, type help stats

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Scalar Expansion

Matrices and scalars can be combined in several different ways. For example, a scalar is subtracted from a matrix by subtracting it from each element. The average value of the elements in our magic square is 8.5, so

B = A - 8.5

forms a matrix whose column sums are zero:

B =

7.5

-3.5

0.5

-4.5

-5.5

1.5

-2.5

6.5

-6.5

2.5

-1.5

5.5

4.5

-0.5

3.5

-7.5

sum(B) ans =

0 0 0

With scalar expansion, MATLAB assigns a specified scalar to all indices in a range. For example,

B(1:2,2:3) = 0 zeroes out a portion of

B

:

B =

7.5

-3.5

0.5

-4.5

-2.5

6.5

0

0

0

-1.5

5.5

0

0

4.5

-0.5

3.5

-7.5

Logical Subscripting

The logical vectors created from logical and relational operations can be used to reference subarrays. Suppose

X is an ordinary matrix and

L is a matrix of the same size that is the result of some logical operation. Then

X(L) specifies the elements of

X where the elements of

L are nonzero.

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This kind of subscripting can be done in one step by specifying the logical operation as the subscripting expression. Suppose you have the following set of data: x = [2.1 1.7 1.6 1.5 NaN 1.9 1.8 1.5 5.1 1.8 1.4 2.2 1.6 1.8];

The

NaN is a marker for a missing observation, such as a failure to respond to an item on a questionnaire. To remove the missing data with logical indexing, use isfinite(x)

, which is true for all finite numerical values and false for

NaN and

Inf

: x = x(isfinite(x)) x =

2.1 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.9 1.8 1.5 5.1 1.8 1.4 2.2 1.6 1.8

Now there is one observation,

5.1

, which seems to be very different from the others. It is an outlier. The following statement removes outliers, in this case those elements more than three standard deviations from the mean: x = x(abs(x-mean(x)) <= 3*std(x)) x =

2.1 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.9 1.8 1.5 1.8 1.4 2.2 1.6 1.8

For another example, highlight the location of the prime numbers in Dürer’s magic square by using logical indexing and scalar expansion to set the

nonprimes to 0. (See “The magic Function” on page 2-9.)

A(~isprime(A)) = 0

A =

0

0

0

5

0

0

3

0

2

11

7

0

13

0

0

0

The find Function

The find function determines the indices of array elements that meet a given logical condition. In its simplest form, find returns a column vector of indices.

Transpose that vector to obtain a row vector of indices. For example, start

again with Dürer’s magic square. (See “The magic Function” on page 2-9.)

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2 5 9 10 11 13

Display those primes, as a row vector in the order determined by k

, with

A(k) ans =

5 3 2 11 7 13

When you use k as a left-hand-side index in an assignment statement, the matrix structure is preserved:

A(k) = NaN

A =

16 NaN

NaN 10

NaN

NaN

9

4

6

15

NaN

14

NaN

8

12

1

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Controlling Command Window Input and Output

In this section...

“The format Function” on page 2-30

“Suppressing Output” on page 2-31

“Entering Long Statements” on page 2-32

“Command Line Editing” on page 2-32

The format Function

The format function controls the numeric format of the values displayed. The function affects only how numbers are displayed, not how MATLAB software computes or saves them. Here are the different formats, together with the resulting output produced from a vector x with components of different magnitudes.

Note To ensure proper spacing, use a fixed-width font, such as Courier.

x = [4/3 1.2345e-6] format short

1.3333

0.0000

format short e

1.3333e+000 1.2345e-006 format short g

1.3333

1.2345e-006 format long

1.33333333333333

0.00000123450000

Controlling Command Window Input and Output format long e

1.333333333333333e+000 format long g

1.33333333333333

format bank

1.33

format rat

4/3 format hex

0.00

1/810045

1.234500000000000e-006

1.2345e-006

3ff5555555555555 3eb4b6231abfd271

If the largest element of a matrix is larger than 10 3 or smaller than 10

MATLAB applies a common scale factor for the short and long formats.

-3 ,

In addition to the format functions shown above format compact suppresses many of the blank lines that appear in the output. This lets you view more information on a screen or window. If you want more control over the output format, use the sprintf and fprintf functions.

Suppressing Output

If you simply type a statement and press Return or Enter, MATLAB automatically displays the results on screen. However, if you end the line with a semicolon, MATLAB performs the computation but does not display any output. This is particularly useful when you generate large matrices.

For example,

A = magic(100);

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Entering Long Statements

If a statement does not fit on one line, use an ellipsis (three periods),

...

, followed by Return or Enter to indicate that the statement continues on the next line. For example, s = 1 -1/2 + 1/3 -1/4 + 1/5 - 1/6 + 1/7 ...

- 1/8 + 1/9 - 1/10 + 1/11 - 1/12;

Blank spaces around the

=

,

+

, and - signs are optional, but they improve readability.

Command Line Editing

Various arrow and control keys on your keyboard allow you to recall, edit, and reuse statements you have typed earlier. For example, suppose you mistakenly enter rho = (1 + sqt(5))/2

You have misspelled sqrt

. MATLAB responds with

Undefined function or variable 'sqt'.

Instead of retyping the entire line, simply press the key. The statement you typed is redisplayed. Use the key to move the cursor over and insert the missing r

. Repeated use of the key recalls earlier lines. Typing a few characters and then the key finds a previous line that begins with those characters. You can also copy previously executed statements from the

Command History. For more information, see “Command History” on page

7-6.

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“Overview of Plotting” on page 3-2

“Editing Plots” on page 3-23

“Some Ways to Use Plotting Tools” on page 3-29

“Preparing Graphs for Presentation” on page 3-43

“Using Basic Plotting Functions” on page 3-56

“Creating Mesh and Surface Plots” on page 3-72

“Plotting Image Data” on page 3-80

“Printing Graphics” on page 3-82

“Understanding Handle Graphics Objects” on page 3-85

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Overview of Plotting

In this section...

“Plotting Process” on page 3-2

“Graph Components” on page 3-6

“Figure Tools” on page 3-7

“Arranging Graphs Within a Figure” on page 3-14

“Choosing a Type of Graph to Plot” on page 3-15

For More Information See MATLAB Graphics and 3-D Visualization in the

MATLAB documentation for in-depth coverage of MATLAB graphics and visualization tools. Access these topics from the Help browser.

Plotting Process

The MATLAB environment provides a wide variety of techniques to display data graphically. Interactive tools enable you to manipulate graphs to achieve results that reveal the most information about your data. You can also annotate and print graphs for presentations, or export graphs to standard graphics formats for presentation in Web browsers or other media.

The process of visualizing data typically involves a series of operations. This section provides a “big picture” view of the plotting process and contains links to sections that have examples and specific details about performing each operation.

Creating a Graph

The type of graph you choose to create depends on the nature of your data and what you want to reveal about the data. You can choose from many predefined graph types, such as line, bar, histogram, and pie graphs as well as 3-D graphs, such as surfaces, slice planes, and streamlines.

There are two basic ways to create MATLAB graphs:

Use plotting tools to create graphs interactively.

Overview of Plotting

See “Some Ways to Use Plotting Tools” on page 3-29.

Use the command interface to enter commands in the Command Window or create plotting programs.

See “Using Basic Plotting Functions” on page 3-56.

You might find it useful to combine both approaches. For example, you might issue a plotting command to create a graph and then modify the graph using one of the interactive tools.

Exploring Data

After you create a graph, you can extract specific information about the data, such as the numeric value of a peak in a plot, the average value of a series of data, or you can perform data fitting. You can also identify individual graph observations with Datatip and Data brushing tools and trace them back to their data sources in the MATLAB workspace.

For More Information See “Data Exploration Tools” in the MATLAB

Graphics documentation and “Marking Up Graphs with Data Brushing”,

“Making Graphs Responsive with Data Linking”, “Interacting with Graphed

Data”, and “Opening the Basic Fitting GUI” in the MATLAB Data Analysis documentation.

Editing the Graph Components

Graphs are composed of objects, which have properties you can change. These properties affect the way the various graph components look and behave.

For example, the axes used to define the coordinate system of the graph has properties that define the limits of each axis, the scale, color, etc. The line used to create a line graph has properties such as color, type of marker used at each data point (if any), line style, etc.

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Note The data values that a line graph (for example) displays are copied into and become properties of the (lineseries) graphics object. You can, therefore, change the data in the workspace without creating a new graph. You can also

add data to a graph. See “Editing Plots” on page 3-23 for more information.

Annotating Graphs

Annotations are the text, arrows, callouts, and other labels added to graphs to help viewers see what is important about the data. You typically add annotations to graphs when you want to show them to other people or when you want to save them for later reference.

For More Information See “Annotating Graphs” in the MATLAB Graphics documentation, or select Annotating Graphs from the figure Help menu.

Printing and Exporting Graphs

You can print your graph on any printer connected to your computer. The print previewer enables you to view how your graph will look when printed.

It enables you to add headers, footers, a date, and so on. The print preview dialog box lets you control the size, layout, and other characteristics of the graph (select Print Preview from the figure File menu).

Exporting a graph means creating a copy of it in a standard graphics file format, such as TIFF, JPEG, or EPS. You can then import the file into a word processor, include it in an HTML document, or edit it in a drawing package

(select Export Setup from the figure File menu).

Adding and Removing Figure Content

By default, when you create a new graph in the same figure window, its data replaces that of the graph that is currently displayed, if any. You can add

new data to a graph in several ways; see “Adding More Data to the Graph” on page 3-33 for how to do this using a GUI. You can manually remove all

data, graphics and annotations from the current figure by typing clf in the

Command Window or by selecting Clear Figure from the figure’s Edit menu.

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For More Information See the print command reference page and “Printing and Exporting” in the MATLAB Graphics documentation, or select Printing

and Exporting from the figure Help menu.

Saving Graphs for Reuse

There are two ways to save graphs that enable you to save the work you have invested in their preparation:

Save the graph as a FIG-file (select Save from the figure File menu).

Generate MATLAB code that can recreate the graph (select Generate

M-File from the figure File menu).

FIG-Files. FIG-files are a binary format that saves a figure in its current state. This means that all graphics objects and property settings are stored in the file when you create it. You can reload the file into a different MATLAB session, even when you run it on a different type of computer. When you load a

FIG-file, a new MATLAB figure opens in the same state as the one you saved.

Note The states of any figure tools on the toolbars are not saved in a FIG-file; only the contents of the graph and its annotations are saved. The contents of datatips (created by the Data Cursor tool), are also saved. This means that

FIG-files always open in the default figure mode.

Generated Code. You can use the MATLAB M-code generator to create code that recreates the graph. Unlike a FIG-file, the generated code does not contain any data. You must pass appropriate data to the generated function when you run the code.

Studying the generated code for a graph is a good way to learn how to program using MATLAB.

For More Information See the print command reference page and “Saving

Your Work” in the MATLAB Graphics documentation.

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Graph Components

MATLAB graphs display in a special window known as a figure. To create a graph, you need to define a coordinate system. Therefore, every graph is placed within axes, which are contained by the figure.

You achieve the actual visual representation of the data with graphics objects like lines and surfaces. These objects are drawn within the coordinate system defined by the axes, which appear automatically to specifically span the range of the data. The actual data is stored as properties of the graphics objects.

See “Understanding Handle Graphics Objects” on page 3-85 for more

information about graphics object properties.

The following picture shows the basic components of a typical graph. You can

find commands for plotting this graph in “Preparing Graphs for Presentation” on page 3-43.

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Figure window displays graphs.

Toolbar arranges shortcuts and interactive tools.

Axes define a coordinate system for the graph.

Line plot represents data.

Figure Tools

The figure is equipped with sets of tools that operate on graphs. The figure

Tools menu provides access to many graph tools, as this view of the Options submenu illustrates. Many of the options shown in this figure also appear as context menu items for individual tools such as zoom and pan. The figure also

shows three figure toolbars, discussed in “Figure Toolbars” on page 3-9.

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For More Information See “Plots and Plotting Tools” in the MATLAB

Graphics documentation, or select Plotting Tools from the figure Help menu.

Overview of Plotting

Accessing the Tools

You can access or remove the figure toolbars and the plotting tools from the

View menu, as shown in the following picture. Toggle on and off the toolbars you need. Adding a toolbar stacks it beneath the lowest one.

Figure Toolbars

Figure toolbars provide easy access to many graph modification features.

There are three toolbars. When you place the cursor over a particular tool, a text box pops up with the tool name. The following picture shows the three toolbars displayed with the cursor over the Data Cursor tool.

For More Information See “Anatomy of a Graph” in the MATLAB Graphics documentation.

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Plotting Tools

Plotting tools are attached to figures and create an environment for creating graphs. These tools enable you to perform the following tasks:

Select from a wide variety of graph types.

Change the type of graph that represents a variable.

See and set the properties of graphics objects.

Annotate graphs with text, arrows, etc.

Create and arrange subplots in the figure.

Drag and drop data into graphs.

Display the plotting tools from the View menu or by clicking the Show Plot

Tools icon in the figure toolbar, as shown in the following picture.

Enable plotting tools from the View menu or toolbar

You can also start the plotting tools from the MATLAB prompt: plottools

The plotting tools are made up of three independent GUI components:

Figure Palette — Specify and arrange subplots, access workspace variables for plotting or editing, and add annotations.

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Plot Browser — Select objects in the graphics hierarchy, control visibility, and add data to axes.

Property Editor — Change key properties of the selected object. Click More

Properties to access all object properties with the Property Inspector.

You can also control these components from the Command Window, by typing the following: figurepalette plotbrowser propertyeditor

See the reference pages for plottools

, figurepalette

, plotbrowser

, and propertyeditor for information on syntax and options.

The following picture shows a figure with all three plotting tools enabled.

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Using Plotting Tools and MATLAB Code

You can enable the plotting tools for any graph, even one created using

MATLAB commands. For example, suppose you type the following code to create a graph: t = 0:pi/20:2*pi; y = exp(sin(t)); plotyy(t,y,t,y,'plot','stem') xlabel('X Axis') ylabel('Plot Y Axis')

title('Two Y Axes')

Overview of Plotting

This graph contains two y-axes, one for each plot type (a lineseries and a stemseries). The plotting tools make it easy to select any of the objects that the graph contains and modify their properties.

For example, adding a label for the y-axis that corresponds to the stem plot is easily accomplished by selecting that axes in the Plot Browser and setting the Y Label property in the Property Editor (if you do not see that text field, stretch the Figures window to make it taller).

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Arranging Graphs Within a Figure

You can place a number of axes within a figure by selecting the layout you want from the Figure Palette. For example, the following picture shows how to specify four 2-D axes in the figure.

Click to add one axes to bottom of current layout.

Click and drag right to specify axes layout.

Overview of Plotting

Select the axes you want to target for plotting. You can also use the subplot function to create multiple axes.

Choosing a Type of Graph to Plot

For details on the many kinds of 2-D and 3-D graphs you can plot, see “Types of MATLAB Plots” in the MATLAB Graphics documentation. Clicking a function name opens the function reference pages. Several desktop tools also summarize the types of graphs available to you and help you plot them quickly. These tools, the Plot Selector and the Plot Catalog, are described in the following sections.

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Creating Graphs with the Plot Selector

After you select variables in the Workspace Browser, you can create a graph of the data by clicking the Plot Selector toolbar button. The Plot

Selector icon depicts the type of graph it creates by default. The default graph reflects the variables you select and your history of using the tool. The Plot

Selector icon changes to indicate the default type of graph along with the function’s name and calling arguments. If you click the icon, the Plot Selector executes that code to create a graph of the type it displays. For example, when you select two vectors named t and y

, the Plot Selector initially displays plot(t,y)

.

If you click the down-arrow on the right side of the button, its menu opens to display all graph types compatible with the selected variables. The following figure shows the Plot Selector menu with an area graph selected. The graph types that the Plot Selector shows as available are consistent with the variables ( t and y

) currently selected in the Workspace Browser.

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Overview of Plotting

Releasing the mouse button over the highlighted icon creates an area graph.

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You can see how the graph is created because the code the Plot Selector generates executes in the Command Window:

>> area(t,y,'DisplayName','t,y');figure(gcf)

You can also use the Plot Selector to get help for graphing functions. A scrolling yellow window pops up when you hover the mouse pointer over a Plot

Selector menu item. The help window contains syntax descriptions for the function you point at. To open the entire function reference page in a Help

Browser window, click the More Help link at the top right of the pop-up window, an example of which (for area

) appears in the following figure.

Overview of Plotting

To keep the help text visible, click just inside the top edge of the pop-up help window and drag it to another location on your screen. Close the window by clicking on the

X in its upper left corner.

For more information about using the Plot Selector, see “Creating Plots from the Workspace Browser”.

Creating Graphs with the Plot Catalog

Instead of the Plot Selector, you can use the Plot Catalog tool to browse graph types and create plots of selections of data. The Plot Catalog shows all graph types, categorizes them, and provides short descriptions of categories and plot types. It also lets you edit the list of variables before you create a plot. The

Plot Catalog looks like this (when you select the Scatter Plots category).

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Open the Plot Catalog in any of the following ways:

Open the Plot Selector menu and click the Catalog link at the bottom of the menu.

In the Workspace browser, right-click a selected variable and choose Plot

Catalog from the context menu.

In the Variable Editor, select the values you want to graph, right- click the selection you just made, and choose Plot Catalog from the context menu.

If you are using the Figure Palette (a component of the Plotting Tools), right-click a selected variable and choose Plot Catalog from the context menu

The following illustration shows how you can open the plot catalog from the

Figure Palette after selecting two numeric variables:

Overview of Plotting

The menu of plot types above the Plot Catalog item is the same as your current Plot Selector list of “favorites.” This means that you can specify these items to be the kinds of graphs that you regularly use. See “Working with the Plot Selector GUI” for more information on managing a list of favorite graph types.

After you select Plot Catalog, the Plot Catalog opens in a new, undocked window with the selected variables, ready for you to choose a type of graph to create. Select a plot category from the first column, then a graph type from the second column, and click Plot or Plot in New Figure. You can override the selected variables by typing other variable names or MATLAB expressions in the Plotted Variables edit field.

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Specify variables to plot.

See a description of each plot type.

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Select a category of graphs and then choose a specific type.

For more information, see “Example — Plotting from the Figure Palette”.

Editing Plots

In this section...

“Plot Edit Mode” on page 3-23

“Using Functions to Edit Graphs” on page 3-28

Plot Edit Mode

Plot edit mode lets you select specific objects in a graph and enables you to perform point-and-click editing of most of them.

Enabling Plot Edit Mode

To enable plot edit mode, click the arrowhead in the figure toolbar:

Plot edit mode enabled

Editing Plots

You can also select Edit Plot from the figure Tools menu.

Setting Object Properties

After you have enabled plot edit mode, you can select objects by clicking them in the graph. Selection handles appear and indicate that the object is selected.

Select multiple objects using Shift+click.

Right-click with the pointer over the selected object to display the object’s context menu:

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The context menu provides quick access to the most commonly used operations and properties.

Using the Property Editor

In plot edit mode, double-clicking an object in a graph opens the Property

Editor GUI with that object’s major properties displayed. The Property Editor provides access to the most used object properties. When you select an object, it updates to display the properties of whatever object you select.

Editing Plots

Click to display Property Inspector

Accessing Properties with the Property Inspector

The Property Inspector is a tool that enables you to access most Handle

Graphics properties and other MATLAB objects. If you do not find the property you want to set in the Property Editor, click the More Properties button to display the Property Inspector. You can also use the inspect command to start the Property Inspector. For example, to inspect the properties of the current axes, type inspect(gca)

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The following picture shows the Property Inspector displaying the properties of a graph’s axes. It lists each property and provides a text field or other appropriate device (such as a color picker) from which you can set the value of the property.

As you select different objects, the Property Inspector updates to display the properties of the current object.

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The Property Inspector lists properties alphabetically by default. However, you can group Handle Graphics objects, such as axes, by categories which you can reveal or close in the Property Inspector. To do so, click the icon at the upper left, then click the + next to the category you want to expand.

For example, to see the position-related properties, click the

+ to the left of the Position category.

The Position category opens and the

+ changes to a

to indicate that you can collapse the category by clicking it.

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Using Functions to Edit Graphs

If you prefer to work from the MATLAB command line, or if you are creating a MATLAB program file, you can use MATLAB commands to edit the graphs you create. You can use the set and get commands to change the properties of the objects in a graph. For more information about using graphics commands,

see “Understanding Handle Graphics Objects” on page 3-85.

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Some Ways to Use Plotting Tools

In this section...

“Plotting Two Variables with Plotting Tools” on page 3-29

“Changing the Appearance of Lines and Markers” on page 3-32

“Adding More Data to the Graph” on page 3-33

“Changing the Type of Graph” on page 3-36

“Modifying the Graph Data Source” on page 3-38

Plotting Two Variables with Plotting Tools

Suppose you want to graph the function y = x 3 first step is to generate the data to plot.

over the x domain -1 to 1. The

It is simple to evaluate a function like this because the MATLAB software can distribute arithmetic operations over all elements of a multivalued variable.

For example, the following statement creates a variable x that contains values ranging from -1 to 1 in increments of 0.1 (you could also use the linspace function to generate data for x

). The second statement raises each value in x to the third power and stores these values in y

: x = -1:.1:1; % Define the range of x y = x.^3; % Raise each element in x to the third power

Now that you have generated some data, you can plot it using the MATLAB plotting tools. To start the plotting tools, type plottools

A figure displays with plotting tools attached.

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Note When you invoke plottools

, the set of plotting tools you see and their relative positions depend on how they were configured the last time you used them. Also, sometimes when you dock and undock figures with plotting tools attached, the size or proportions of the various components can change, and you may need to resize one or more of the tool panes.

A simple line graph is a suitable way to display x as the independent variable and y as the dependent variable. To do this, select both variables (click to select, and then Shift+click or Ctrl+click if variables are not contiguous to select again), and then right-click to display the context menu.

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Select plot(x, y) from the menu. The line graph plots in the figure area. The black squares indicate that the line is selected and you can edit its properties with the Property Editor.

Changing the Appearance of Lines and Markers

Next, change the line properties so that the graph displays only the data point. Use the Property Editor to set following properties:

Line to no line

Marker to o (circle)

Marker size to 4.0

Marker fill color to red

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Set line to no line.

Set Marker to O.

Set Marker fill color to red.

Set Marker size to 4.0.

Adding More Data to the Graph

You can add more data to the graph by defining more variables or by specifying a MATLAB expression to generate data for the plot. This second approach makes it easy to explore variations of the data already plotted.

To add data to the graph, select the axes in the Plot Browser and click the

Add Data button. When you are using the plotting tools, new data plots are always added to the existing graph, instead of replacing the graph, as it

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To add data using the Plot Browser:

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Click the Edit Plot tool .

2

Select the axes to which you wish to add data; handles appear around it.

3

Click the Add Data button in the Plot Browser; the Add Data to Axes dialog box opens.

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Select a plot type from the Plot Type drop-down menu.

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Select a variable or type an expression for X Data Source.

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Select a variable or type an expression for Y Data Source.

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Click OK; a plot of the data you specified is added to the axes.

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3. Enter expression.

2. Click Add Data.

The preceding figure shows how to use the Add Data to Axes dialog box to create a line plot of y = x 4 , which is added to the existing plot of y = x 3 . The resulting plot appears with the Plot Browser, as shown in the following figure:

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Changing the Type of Graph

The plotting tools enable you to easily view your data with a variety of plot types. The following picture shows the same data as above converted to stem plots. To change the plot type,

1

Select both plotted series in the Plot Browser or Shift+click to select them in the plot itself.

2

Select short dashes from the Line drop-down menu in the Property

Inspector; the line type of both series changes.

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Select Stem from the Plot Type menu.

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Select both sets of data.

Select Stem as the Plot Type.

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Modifying the Graph Data Source

You can link graph data to variables in your workspace. When you change the values contained in the variables, you can then update the graph to use the new data without having to create a new graph. (See also the refresh function.)

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Define 50 points between -3π and 3π and compute their sines and cosines: x = linspace(-3*pi,3*pi,50); ys = sin(x); yc = cos(x);

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Using the plotting tools, create a graph of ys = sin(x)

: figure plottools

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In the Figure Palette, alternate-click to select x and ys in the Variable pane.

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Right-click either selected variable and choose plot(x, ys) from the context menu, as the following figure shows.

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You can use the Property Editor to change the data that this plot displays:

1

Select the line ys vs x in the Plot Browser or by clicking it.

2

In the Property Editor, select yc in the Y Data Source drop-down menu.

3

Click the Refresh Data button; the plot will change to display a plot of yc vs x

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Providing New Values for the Data Source

Data values that define the graph are copies of variables in the base workspace (for example, x and y

) to the

XData and

YData properties of the plot object (for example, a lineseries). Therefore, in addition to being able to choose new data sources, you can assign new values to workspace variables in the Command Window and click the Refresh Data button to update a graph to use the new data.

x = linspace(-pi,pi,50); % Define 50 points between and y = sin(x); area(x,y) % Make an area plot of x and y

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Now, recalculate y at the command line: y = cos(x)

Select the blue line on the plot. Select, x as the X Data Source, y as the Y

Data Source, and click Refresh Data. The graph’s

XData and

YData are replaced, making the plot look like this.

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Preparing Graphs for Presentation

In this section...

“Annotating Graphs for Presentation” on page 3-43

“Printing the Graph” on page 3-48

“Exporting the Graph” on page 3-52

Annotating Graphs for Presentation

Suppose you plot the following data and want to create a graph that presents certain information about the data: x = -10:.005:40; y = [1.5*cos(x)+4*exp(-.01*x).*cos(x)+exp(.07*x).*sin(3*x)]; plot(x,y)

This figure shows the graph created by the previous code.

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Now, suppose you want to save copies of the graph by

Printing the graph on a local printer so you have a copy for your notebook

Exporting the graph to an Encapsulated PostScript

® incorporate into a word processor document

(EPS) file to

To obtain a better view, zoom in on the graph using horizontal zoom.

Enable zoom mode by clicking the Zoom tool on the figure toolbar, and then right-click to display the context menu. Select Horizontal Zoom (2-D

Plots Only) from Zoom Options. You can reverse your zoom direction by doing Shift+left-click, or using the context menu.

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Label some key points with data tips using the Data Cursor tool .

Left-clicking the line moves the last datatip you created to where you just clicked. To create a new datatip, press Alt+click or use the tool’s context menu. See “Data Cursor — Displaying Data Values Interactively” in the

MATLAB Graphics documentation for more information on using datatips.

Next, use the Figure Palette to annotate the plot. Choose the Double arrow tool in the Annotations section to draw a line between two datatips, as shown in the following figure.

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Now, add a text box, also using the Figure Palette. You may have to scroll to see the text box icon. Drag out a box, and then type into it. You can stretch or shrink the box with its handles, and center the text with the Property

Editor while the text box is selected. You can also use the Property Editor to change the text font, size, style, color, and also the text box line and background colors.

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Finally, add text annotations, axis labels, and a title. You can add the title and axis labels using the following commands: title ('y = 1.5cos(x) + 4e^{-0.01x}cos(x) + e^{0.07x}sin(3x)') xlabel('X Axis') ylabel('Y Axis')

Note The text string passed to title uses T

E exponents. See “Information About Using T

E reference page for more about using T symbols.

E

X syntax to produce the

X” in the Text Properties

X syntax to produce mathematical

You can also add these annotations by selecting the axes and typing the above strings into their respective fields in the Property Editor. The graph is now ready to print and export.

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Printing the Graph

Before printing the graph, select File > Print Preview to view and modify how the graph will be laid out on the page. The Print Preview window opens, containing a tabbed control panel on its left side and a page image on its right side.

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Click the Lines/Text tab, and enter a line of text in the Header Text edit field that you want to place at the top of the page. You can change the font, style, and size of the header by clicking the Font button beneath the text field, and also use the Date Style drop-down list to specify a date format to add the current date/time to the header.

The rulers along the left and top sides of the preview pane contain three black handlebars. The outside handlebars let you stretch one edge of the plot, leaving the other edges in place. The inner handlebars let you move

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You can also change the size and position of the plot on the page using the buttons and edit boxes on the Layout tab. You can revert to the original configuration by clicking the Auto (Actual Size, Centered) option button, and correct stretching and shrinking by clicking Fix Aspect Ratio. The following picture shows the Layout tab in Auto configuration.

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By default, the locations of the axes tick marks are recalculated because a printed graph is normally larger than the one displayed on your monitor.

However, you can keep your graph’s tick marks and limits when printing it by clicking the Advanced tab and selecting Keep screen limits and

ticks.

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When you are ready to print your plot, click Print in the right pane. You can also click Close to accept the settings and dismiss the dialog box.

Later, you can print the figure as you previewed it using Print on the figure’s File menu. Both methods will open a standard Print dialog box, and will produce the same printed results.

Note There is no way to cancel a print preview; any changes you make will take effect if you print the figure. If you want to revert to a default page layout, you can generally accomplish this by selecting either the Use

Defaults button or the Auto (Actual Size, Centered) option button on the

Layout tab, although this will not affect every setting you can make.

The Print Preview dialog box provides many other options for controlling how printed graphs look. Click its Help button for more information.

Exporting the Graph

Exporting a graph is the process of creating a standard graphics file format of the graph (such as EPS or TIFF), which you can then import into other applications like word processors, drawing packages, etc.

This example exports the graph as an EPS file with the following requirements:

The size of the picture when imported into the word processor document should be 4 inches wide and 3 inches high.

All the text in the figure should have a size of 8 points.

Specifying the Size of the Graph

To set the size, use the Export Setup dialog box (select Export Setup from the figure File menu). Then select

4 from the Width list and

3 from the

Height list.

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Specifying the Font Size

To set the font size of all the text in the graph, select

Fonts in the Export

Setup dialog box Properties selector. Then click Use fixed font size and enter

8 in the text box.

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When you have finished specifying settings for exporting the figure, click the Apply to Figure button. The figure now displays the effect of settings you just made. If you do not apply the settings, the exported file will not display them.

Selecting the File Format

After you finish setting options for the exported graph, click the Export button. A standard Save As dialog box opens that enables you to specify a name for the file as well as select the type of file format you want to use.

The Save as type drop-down menu lists a number of other options for file formats. For this example, select

EPS (*.eps) from the Save as type menu.

You can import the saved file into any application that supports EPS files.

You can also use the print command to print figures on your local printer or to export graphs to standard file types.

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For More Information See the print command reference page and “Printing and Exporting” in the MATLAB Graphics documentation or select Printing

and Exporting from the figure Help menu.

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In this section...

“Creating a Plot” on page 3-56

“Plotting Multiple Data Sets in One Graph” on page 3-57

“Specifying Line Styles and Colors” on page 3-58

“Plotting Lines and Markers” on page 3-59

“Graphing Imaginary and Complex Data” on page 3-61

“Adding Plots to an Existing Graph” on page 3-62

“Figure Windows” on page 3-63

“Displaying Multiple Plots in One Figure” on page 3-64

“Controlling the Axes” on page 3-66

“Adding Axis Labels and Titles” on page 3-67

“Saving Figures” on page 3-68

Creating a Plot

The plot function has different forms, depending on the input arguments. If y is a vector, plot(x,y) plot(y) produces a piecewise linear graph of the elements of produces a graph of y versus x

.

y versus the index of the elements of y

. If you specify two vectors as arguments,

For example, these statements use the colon operator to create a vector of x values ranging from 0 to 2π, compute the sine of these values, and plot the result: x = 0:pi/100:2*pi; y = sin(x); plot(x,y)

Now label the axes and add a title. The characters

\pi create the symbol π.

See “text strings” in the MATLAB Reference documentation for more symbols: xlabel('x = 0:2\pi') ylabel('Sine of x')

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Plotting Multiple Data Sets in One Graph

Multiple x

y pair arguments create multiple graphs with a single call to plot

.

automatically cycle through a predefined (but customizable) list of colors to allow discrimination among sets of data. See the axes

ColorOrder and

LineStyleOrder properties.

For example, these statements plot three related functions of x

, with each curve in a separate distinguishing color: x = 0:pi/100:2*pi; y = sin(x); y2 = sin(x-.25); y3 = sin(x-.5); plot(x,y,x,y2,x,y3)

The legend command provides an easy way to identify the individual plots:

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MATLAB Graphics documentation.

Specifying Line Styles and Colors

It is possible to specify color, line styles, and markers (such as plus signs or circles) when you plot your data using the plot command: plot(x,y,'color_style_marker')

color_style_marker

is a string containing from one to four characters

(enclosed in single quotation marks) constructed from a color, a line style, and a marker type. The strings are composed of combinations of the following elements:

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Type

Color

Values

'c'

'm'

'y'

'r'

'g'

'b'

'w'

'k'

Line style

'-'

'--'

':'

'.-' no character

Marker type

'+'

'o'

'*'

'x'

's'

'd'

'^'

'v'

'>'

'<'

'p'

'h' no character or none

Meanings

cyan magenta yellow red green blue white black solid dashed dotted dash-dot no line plus mark unfilled circle asterisk letter x filled square filled diamond filled upward triangle filled downward triangle filled right-pointing triangle filled left-pointing triangle filled pentagram filled hexagram no marker

You can also edit color, line style, and markers interactively. See “Editing

Plots” on page 3-23 for more information.

Plotting Lines and Markers

If you specify a marker type but not a line style, only the marker is drawn.

For example,

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The statement plot(x,y,'r:+') plots a red-dotted line and places plus sign markers at each data point.

Placing Markers at Every Tenth Data Point

You might want to use fewer data points to plot the markers than you use to plot the lines. This example plots the data twice using a different number of points for the dotted line and marker plots: x1 = 0:pi/100:2*pi; x2 = 0:pi/10:2*pi; plot(x1,sin(x1),'r:',x2,sin(x2),'r+')

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Graphing Imaginary and Complex Data

When the arguments to plot are complex, the imaginary part is ignored

except when you pass plot a single complex argument. For this special case, the command is a shortcut for a graph of the real part versus the imaginary part. Therefore, plot(Z) where

Z is a complex vector or matrix, is equivalent to plot(real(Z),imag(Z))

For example, t = 0:pi/10:2*pi; plot(exp(i*t),'-o') axis equal draws a 20-sided polygon with little circles at the vertices. The axis equal command makes the individual tick-mark increments on the x- and y-axes the same length, which makes this plot more circular in appearance.

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Adding Plots to an Existing Graph

The MATLAB hold command enables you to add plots to an existing graph.

When you type hold on

Now MATLAB does not replace the existing graph when you issue another plotting command; it adds the new data to the current graph, rescaling the axes if necessary.

For example, these statements first create a contour plot of the peaks function, then superimpose a pseudocolor plot of the same function:

[x,y,z] = peaks; pcolor(x,y,z) shading interp hold on contour(x,y,z,20,'k') hold off

The hold on command combines the pcolor plot with the contour plot in one figure.

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For More Information See “Creating Specialized Plots” in the MATLAB

Graphics documentation for details about a variety of graph types.

Figure Windows

Graphing functions automatically open a new figure window if there are no figure windows already on the screen. If a figure window exists, it is used for graphics output. If there are multiple figure windows open, the one that is designated the “current figure” (the last figure used or clicked in) is used. See documentation for the gcf function for more information.

To make an existing figure window the current figure, you can click the mouse while the pointer is in that window or you can type figure(n) where n is the number in the figure title bar. The results of subsequent graphics commands are displayed in this window.

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To open a new figure window and make it the current figure, type figure

Clearing the Figure for a New Plot

When a figure already exists, most plotting commands clear the axes and use this figure to create the new plot. However, these commands do not reset figure properties, such as the background color or the colormap. If you have set any figure properties in the previous plot, you might want to use the clf command with the reset option, clf reset before creating your new plot to restore the figure’s properties to their defaults.

For More Information See “Figure Properties” and “Graphics Windows — the Figure” in the MATLAB Graphics documentation for details about figures.

Displaying Multiple Plots in One Figure

The subplot command enables you to display multiple plots in the same window or print them on the same piece of paper. Typing subplot(m,n,p) partitions the figure window into an m

-byn matrix of small subplots and selects the p th subplot for the current plot. The plots are numbered along the first row of the figure window, then the second row, and so on. For example, these statements plot data in four different subregions of the figure window: t = 0:pi/10:2*pi;

[X,Y,Z] = cylinder(4*cos(t)); subplot(2,2,1); mesh(X) subplot(2,2,2); mesh(Y) subplot(2,2,3); mesh(Z) subplot(2,2,4); mesh(X,Y,Z)

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You can add subplots to GUIs as well as to figures. For details about creating subplots in a GUIDE-generated GUI, see “Creating Subplots” in the MATLAB

Creating Graphical User Interfaces documentation.

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Controlling the Axes

The axis command provides a number of options for setting the scaling, orientation, and aspect ratio of graphs. You can also set these options

interactively. See “Editing Plots” on page 3-23 for more information.

Setting Axis Limits

By default, MATLAB finds the maxima and minima of the data and chooses the axis limits to span this range. The axis command enables you to specify your own limits: axis([xmin xmax ymin ymax]) or for three-dimensional graphs, axis([xmin xmax ymin ymax zmin zmax])

Use the command axis auto to enable automatic limit selection again.

Setting the Axis Aspect Ratio

The axis command also enables you to specify a number of predefined modes.

For example, axis square makes the x-axis and y-axis the same length.

axis equal makes the individual tick mark increments on the x-axes and y-axes the same length. This means plot(exp(i*[0:pi/10:2*pi])) followed by either axis square or axis equal turns the oval into a proper circle: axis auto normal

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Setting Axis Visibility

You can use the axis command to make the axis visible or invisible.

axis on makes the axes visible. This is the default.

axis off makes the axes invisible.

Setting Grid Lines

The grid command toggles grid lines on and off. The statement grid on turns the grid lines on, and grid off turns them back off again.

For More Information See the axis and axes reference pages and “Axes

Properties” in the MATLAB Graphics documentation.

Adding Axis Labels and Titles

The xlabel

, ylabel

, and zlabel commands add x-, y-, and z-axis labels. The title command adds a title at the top of the figure and the text function inserts text anywhere in the figure.

You can produce mathematical symbols using LaTeX notation in the text string, as the following example illustrates: t = -pi:pi/100:pi; y = sin(t); plot(t,y)

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You can also set these options interactively. See “Editing Plots” on page 3-23

for more information.

Note that the location of the text string is defined in axes units (i.e., the same units as the data). See the annotation function for a way to place text in normalized figure units.

Saving Figures

Save a figure by selecting Save from the File menu. This writes the figure to a file, including data within it, its menus and other uicontrols it has, and all annotations (i.e., the entire window). If you have not saved the figure before,

Using Basic Plotting Functions the Save As dialog displays. It provides you with options to save the figure as a FIG-file or export it to a graphics format, as the following figure shows.

If you already have saved it, using Save again saves the figure “silently,” without displaying the Save As dialog.

To save a figure using a standard graphics format for use with other applications, such as TIFF or JPG, select Save As (or Export Setup, if you want additional control) from the File menu.

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Note Whenever you specify a format for saving a figure, that file format is used again the next time you save that figure or a new one. If you do not want to save in the previously-used format, use Save As and be sure to set the

Save as type drop-down menu to the kind of file you want to write.

You can also save from the command line—use the saveas command, including any options to save the figure in a different format. The more restricted hgexport command, which saves figures to either bitmap or metafile files, depending on the rendering method in effect, is also available.

See “Exporting the Graph” on page 3-52 for an example.

Saving Workspace Data

You can save the variables in your workspace by selecting Save Workspace

As from the figure File menu. You can reload saved data using the Import

Data item in the figure File menu. MATLAB supports a variety of data file formats, including MATLAB data files, which have a

.mat

extension.

Generating M-Code to Recreate a Figure

You can generate MATLAB code that recreates a figure and the graph it contains by selecting Generate M-File from the figure File menu. This option is particularly useful if you have developed a graph using plotting tools and want to create a similar graph using the same or different data.

Saving Figures That Are Compatible with the Previous MATLAB

Software Version

Create backward-compatible FIG-files by following these two steps:

1

Ensure that any plotting functions used to create the contents of the figure are called with the

'v6' argument, where applicable.

2

Use the

'-v6' option with the hgsave command.

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Note The v6 option enables users of Version 7.x of MATLAB to create

FIG-files that previous versions can open. It is obsolete and will be removed in a future version of MATLAB. For more information, see “Plot Objects and

Backward Compatibility” in the MATLAB Graphics documentation.

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In this section...

“About Mesh and Surface Plots” on page 3-72

“Visualizing Functions of Two Variables” on page 3-72

About Mesh and Surface Plots

You define a surface by the z-coordinates of points above a grid in the x-y plane, using straight lines to connect adjacent points. The mesh and surf plotting functions display surfaces in three dimensions.

mesh produces wireframe surfaces that color only the lines connecting the defining points.

surf displays both the connecting lines and the faces of the surface in color.

The figure colormap and figure properties determine how the surface is colored.

Visualizing Functions of Two Variables

To display a function of two variables, z = f (x,y),

1

Generate

X and

Y matrices consisting of repeated rows and columns, respectively, over the domain of the function.

2

Use

X and

Y to evaluate and graph the function.

The meshgrid function transforms the domain specified by a single vector or two vectors x and y into matrices

X and

Y for use in evaluating functions of two variables. The rows of

X are copies of the vector x and the columns of

Y are copies of the vector y

.

Example — Graphing the sinc Function

This example evaluates and graphs the two-dimensional sinc function, sin(r)/r, between the x and y directions.

R is the distance from the origin, which is at the center of the matrix. Adding eps

(a MATLAB command that returns a small floating-point number) avoids the indeterminate 0/0 at the origin:

[X,Y] = meshgrid(-8:.5:8);

R = sqrt(X.^2 + Y.^2) + eps;

Z = sin(R)./R; mesh(X,Y,Z,'EdgeColor','black')

Creating Mesh and Surface Plots

By default, the current colormap is used to color the mesh. However, this example uses a single-colored mesh by specifying the

EdgeColor surface property. See the surface reference page for a list of all surface properties.

You can create a mesh with see-through faces by disabling hidden line removal: hidden off

See the hidden reference page for more information on this option.

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Example — Colored Surface Plots

A surface plot is similar to a mesh plot except that the rectangular faces of the surface are colored. The color of each face is determined by the values of

Z and the colormap (a colormap is an ordered list of colors). These statements graph the sinc function as a surface plot, specify a colormap, and add a color bar to show the mapping of data to color: surf(X,Y,Z) colormap hsv colorbar

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See the colormap reference page for information on colormaps.

Creating Mesh and Surface Plots

For More Information See “Creating 3-D Graphs” in the MATLAB 3-D

Visualization documentation for more information on surface plots.

Making Surfaces Transparent

You can make the faces of a surface transparent to a varying degree.

Transparency (referred to as the alpha value) can be specified for the whole object or can be based on an alphamap

, which behaves similarly to colormaps.

For example, surf(X,Y,Z) colormap hsv alpha(.4) produces a surface with a face alpha value of 0.4. Alpha values range from 0

(completely transparent) to 1 (not transparent).

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For More Information See “Manipulating Transparency” in the MATLAB

3-D Visualization documentation for details about using this feature.

Illuminating Surface Plots with Lights

Lighting is the technique of illuminating an object with a directional light source. In certain cases, this technique can make subtle differences in surface shape easier to see. Lighting can also be used to add realism to three-dimensional graphs.

This example uses the same surface as the previous examples, but colors it red and removes the mesh lines. A light object is then added to the left of the

Creating Mesh and Surface Plots

“camera” (the camera is the location in space from where you are viewing the surface): surf(X,Y,Z,'FaceColor','red','EdgeColor','none') camlight left; lighting phong

Manipulating the Surface

The figure toolbar and the camera toolbar provide ways to explore 3-D graphics interactively. Display the camera toolbar by selecting Camera

Toolbar from the figure View menu.

The following picture shows both toolbars with the Rotate 3D tool selected.

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These tools enable you to move the camera around the surface object, zoom, add lighting, and perform other viewing operations without issuing commands.

The following picture shows the surface viewed by orbiting the camera toward the bottom using Rotate 3D. You can see the tools’s cursor icon on the surface where as you drag to rotate the view. As you drag, the viewing altitude and elevation read out in the lower left corner of the axes, as the picture shows.

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Creating Mesh and Surface Plots

For More Information See “Lighting as a Visualization Tool” and “View

Control with the Camera Toolbar” in the MATLAB 3-D Visualization documentation for details about these techniques.

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In this section...

“About Plotting Image Data” on page 3-80

“Reading and Writing Images” on page 3-81

About Plotting Image Data

Two-dimensional arrays can be displayed as images, where the array elements determine brightness or color of the images. For example, the statements load durer whos

Name Size Bytes Class

X caption map

648x509

2x28

128x3

2638656 double array

112 char array

3072 double array load the file durer.mat

, adding three variables to the workspace. The matrix

X is a 648-by-509 matrix and this image.

map is a 128-by-3 matrix that is the colormap for

MAT-files, such as durer.mat

, are binary files that can be created on one platform and later read by the MATLAB software on a different platform.

The elements of

X are integers between 1 and 128, which serve as indices into the colormap, map

. Then image(X) colormap(map) axis image

reproduces Albrecht Dürer’s etching shown in “Matrices and Magic Squares” on page 2-2. A high-resolution scan of the magic square in the upper-right

corner is available in another file. Type load detail

Plotting Image Data and then use the up arrow key on your keyboard to reexecute the image

, colormap

, and axis commands. The statement colormap(hot) adds some 21 hot st century colorization to the 16 th century etching. The function generates a colormap containing shades of reds, oranges, and yellows.

Typically, a given image matrix has a specific colormap associated with it.

See the colormap reference page for a list of other predefined colormaps.

Reading and Writing Images

You can read standard image files (TIFF, JPEG, BMP, etc using the imread function. The type of data returned by imread depends on the type of image you are reading.

You can write MATLAB data to a variety of standard image formats using the imwrite function. See the MATLAB reference pages for these functions for more information and examples.

For More Information See “Displaying Bit-Mapped Images” in the MATLAB

Graphics documentation for details about MATLAB image processing capabilities.

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Printing Graphics

In this section...

“Overview of Printing” on page 3-82

“Printing from the File Menu” on page 3-82

“Exporting the Figure to a Graphics File” on page 3-83

“Using the Print Command” on page 3-83

Overview of Printing

You can print a MATLAB figure directly on a printer connected to your computer or you can export the figure to one of the standard graphics file formats that MATLAB supports. There are two ways to print and export figures:

Use the Print, Print Preview, or Export Setup GUI options under the

File menu; see “Preparing Graphs for Presentation” on page 3-43 for an

example.

Use the print command to print or export the figure from the command line.

The print command provides greater control over drivers and file formats.

The Print Preview dialog box gives you greater control over figure size, proportions, placement, and page headers. You can sometimes notice differences in output as printed from a GUI and as printed from the command line.

Printing from the File Menu

There are two menu options under the File menu that pertain to printing:

The Print Preview option displays a dialog box that lets you lay out and style figures for printing while previewing the output page, and from which you can print the figure. It includes options that formerly were part of the Page Setup dialog box.

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The Print option displays a dialog box that lets you choose a printer, select standard printing options, and print the figure.

Use Print Preview to determine whether the printed output is what you want. Click the Print Preview dialog box Help button to display information on how to set up the page.

See “Printing the Graph” on page 3-48 for an example of printing from

the Print Preview dialog. For details on printing from GUIs and from the

Command Window, see “Printing and Exporting” in the MATLAB Graphics documentation.

Exporting the Figure to a Graphics File

The Export Setup option in the File menu opens a GUI that enables you to set graphic characteristics, such as text size, font, and style, for figures you save as graphics files. The Export Setup GUI lets you define and apply templates to customize and standardize output. After setup, you can export the figure to a number of standard graphics file formats such as EPS, PNG, and TIFF.

See “Exporting the Graph” on page 3-52 for an example of exporting a figure

to a graphics file.

Using the Print Command

The print command provides more flexibility in the type of output sent to the printer and allows you to control printing from function and script files.

The result can be sent directly to your default printer or stored in a specified output file. A wide variety of output formats, including TIFF, JPEG, and

PostScript, is available.

For example, this statement saves the contents of the current figure window as color Encapsulated Level 2 PostScript in the file called magicsquare.eps

.

It also includes a TIFF preview, which enables most word processors to display the picture.

print -depsc2 -tiff magicsquare.eps

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To save the same figure as a TIFF file with a resolution of 200 dpi, use the following command: print -dtiff -r200 magicsquare.tiff

If you type print on the command line print the current figure prints on your default printer.

For More Information See the print reference page and “Printing and

Exporting” in the MATLAB Graphics documentation for details about printing.

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Understanding Handle Graphics Objects

In this section...

“Using the Handle” on page 3-85

“Graphics Objects” on page 3-86

“Setting Object Properties” on page 3-88

“Specifying the Axes or Figure” on page 3-91

“Finding the Handles of Existing Objects” on page 3-92

Handle Graphics objects are MATLAB objects that implement graphing and visualization functions. Each object created has a fixed set of properties. You can use these properties to control the behavior and appearance of your graph.

When you call a MATLAB plotting function, it creates the graph using various graphics objects, such as a figure window, axes, lines, text, and so on. You can query the value of each property and set the values of most of them.

For example, the following statement creates a figure with a white background color and without displaying the figure toolbar: figure('Color','white','Toolbar','none')

Using the Handle

Whenever MATLAB creates a graphics object, it assigns an identifier (called a

handle) to the object. You can use this handle to access the object’s properties with the set and get functions. For example, the following statements create a graph and return a handle to a lineseries object in h

: x = 1:10; y = x.^3; h = plot(x,y);

You can use the handle h to set the properties of the lineseries object. For example, you can set its

Color property: set(h,'Color','red')

You can also specify properties when you call the plotting function:

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When you query the lineseries properties, get(h,'LineWidth')

You obtain the answer: ans =

0.5000

Use the handle to see what properties a particular object contains: get(h)

Graphics Objects

Graphics objects are the basic elements used to display graphs and user interface components. These objects are organized into a hierarchy, as shown by the following diagram.

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When you call a function to create a MATLAB graph, a hierarchy of graphics objects results. For example, calling the plot function creates the following graphics objects:

Lineseries plot objects — Represent the data passed to the plot function.

Axes — Provide a frame of reference and scaling for the plotted lineseries.

Text — Label the axes tick marks and are used for titles and annotations.

Understanding Handle Graphics ® Objects

Figures — Are the windows that contain axes toolbars, menus, etc.

Different types of graphs use different objects to represent data; however, all data objects are contained in axes and all objects (except root) are contained in figures.

The root is an abstract object that primarily stores information about your computer or MATLAB state. You cannot create an instance of the root object.

For More Information See “Handle Graphics Objects” in the MATLAB

Graphics documentation for details about graphics objects.

User interface objects are used to create graphical user interfaces (GUIs).

These objects include components like push buttons, editable text boxes, and list boxes.

For More Information See Chapter 6, “Creating Graphical User Interfaces”

for details about user interface objects.

Creating Objects

Plotting functions (like plot and surf

) call the appropriate low-level function to draw their respective graph. For information about an object’s properties, you can use the Handle Graphics Property Browser in the MATLAB online

Graphics documentation.

Functions for Working with Objects

This table lists functions commonly used when working with objects.

Function

allchild ancestor copyobj

Purpose

Find all children of specified objects.

Find ancestor of graphics object.

Copy graphics object.

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Function

delete findall findobj gca gcf gco get ishandle set

Purpose

Delete an object.

Find all graphics objects (including hidden handles).

Find the handles of objects having specified property values.

Return the handle of the current axes.

Return the handle of the current figure.

Return the handle of the current object.

Query the values of an object’s properties.

True if the value is a valid object handle.

Set the values of an object’s properties.

Setting Object Properties

All object properties have default values. However, you might find it useful to change the settings of some properties to customize your graph. There are two ways to set object properties:

Specify values for properties when you create the object.

Set the property value on an object that already exists.

Setting Properties from Plotting Commands

You can specify object property value pairs as arguments to many plotting functions, such as plot

, mesh

, and surf

.

For example, plotting commands that create lineseries or surfaceplot objects enable you to specify property name/property value pairs as arguments. The command surf(x,y,z,'FaceColor','interp',...

'FaceLighting','gouraud')

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, y

, and z using a surfaceplot object with interpolated face color and employing the Gouraud face light technique. You can set any of the object’s properties this way.

Setting Properties of Existing Objects

To modify the property values of existing objects, you can use the set command or the Property Editor. This section describes how to use the set

command. See “Using the Property Editor” on page 3-24 for more information.

Most plotting functions return the handles of the objects that they create so you can modify the objects using the set command. For example, these statements plot a 5-by-5 matrix (creating five lineseries, one per column), and then set the

Marker property to a square and the

MarkerFaceColor property to green: h = plot(magic(5)); set(h,'Marker','s','MarkerFaceColor','g')

In this case, h is a vector containing five handles, one for each of the five lineseries in the graph. The set statement sets the

Marker and

MarkerFaceColor properties of all lineseries to the same values.

Setting Multiple Property Values

If you want to set the properties of each lineseries to a different value, you can use cell arrays to store all the data and pass it to the set command. For example, create a plot and save the lineseries handles: h = plot(magic(5));

Suppose you want to add different markers to each lineseries and color the marker’s face color the same color as the lineseries. You need to define two cell arrays—one containing the property names and the other containing the desired values of the properties.

The prop_name cell array contains two elements: prop_name(1) = {'Marker'}; prop_name(2) = {'MarkerFaceColor'};

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The prop_values cell array contains 10 values: five values for the

Marker property and five values for the

MarkerFaceColor property. Notice that prop_values is a two-dimensional cell array. The first dimension indicates which handle in h the values apply to and the second dimension indicates which property the value is assigned to: prop_values(1,1) = {'s'}; prop_values(1,2) = {get(h(1),'Color')}; prop_values(2,1) = {'d'}; prop_values(2,2) = {get(h(2),'Color')}; prop_values(3,1) = {'o'}; prop_values(3,2) = {get(h(3),'Color')}; prop_values(4,1) = {'p'}; prop_values(4,2) = {get(h(4),'Color')}; prop_values(5,1) = {'h'}; prop_values(5,2) = {get(h(5),'Color')};

The

MarkerFaceColor is always assigned the value of the corresponding line’s color (obtained by getting the lineseries

Color property with the get command).

After defining the cell arrays, call set to specify the new property values: set(h,prop_name,prop_values)

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Specifying the Axes or Figure

MATLAB always creates an axes or figure if one does not exist when you issue a plotting command. However, when you are creating graphics from a program file, it is good practice to explicitly create and specify the parent axes and figure, particularly if others will use your program. Specifying the parent prevents the following problems:

Your program overwrites the graph in the current figure. A figure becomes the current figure whenever a user clicks it.

The current figure might be in an unexpected state and not behave as your program expects.

The following example shows a simple MATLAB function that plots a function and the mean of the function over the specified range: function myfunc(x)

% x = -10:.005:40; Here's a value you can use for x y = [1.5*cos(x) + 6*exp(-.1*x) + exp(.07*x).*sin(3*x)]; ym = mean(y);

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Graphics hfig = figure('Name','Function and Mean',...

'Pointer','fullcrosshair'); hax = axes('Parent',hfig); plot(hax,x,y) hold on plot(hax,[min(x) max(x)],[ym ym],'Color','red') hold off ylab = get(hax,'YTick'); set(hax,'YTick',sort([ylab ym])) title ('y = 1.5cos(x) + 6e^{-0.1x} + e^{0.07x}sin(3x)') xlabel('X Axis'); ylabel('Y Axis')

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Finding the Handles of Existing Objects

The findobj function enables you to obtain the handles of graphics objects by searching for objects with particular property values. With findobj you can specify the values of any combination of properties, which makes it easy to pick one object out of many.

findobj also recognizes regular expressions

( regexp

).

For example, you might want to find the blue line with square marker having blue face color. You can also specify which figures or axes to search, if there

Understanding Handle Graphics ® Objects are more than one. The following four sections provide examples illustrating how to use findobj

.

Finding All Objects of a Certain Type

Because all objects have a

Type property that identifies the type of object, you can find the handles of all occurrences of a particular type of object. For example, h = findobj('Type','patch'); finds the handles of all patch objects.

Finding Objects with a Particular Property

You can specify multiple properties to narrow the search. For example, h = findobj('Type','line','Color','r','LineStyle',':'); finds the handles of all red dotted lines.

Limiting the Scope of the Search

You can specify the starting point in the object hierarchy by passing the handle of the starting figure or axes as the first argument. For example, h = findobj(gca,'Type','text','String','\pi/2'); finds the string π/2 only within the current axes.

Using findobj as an Argument

Because findobj returns the handles it finds, you can use it in place of the handle argument. For example, set(findobj('Type','line','Color','red'),'LineStyle',':') finds all red lines and sets their line style to dotted.

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If you have an active Internet Explorer ® connection, you can watch the Writing a MATLAB Program video demo for an overview of the major functionality.

“Flow Control” on page 4-2

“Other Data Structures” on page 4-9

“Scripts and Functions” on page 4-20

“Object-Oriented Programming” on page 4-33

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Flow Control

In this section...

“Conditional Control — if, else, switch” on page 4-2

“Loop Control — for, while, continue, break” on page 4-5

“Error Control — try, catch” on page 4-7

“Program Termination — return” on page 4-8

Conditional Control — if, else, switch

This section covers those MATLAB product functions that provide conditional program control.

if, else, and elseif

The if statement evaluates a logical expression and executes a group of statements when the expression is true. The optional elseif and else keywords provide for the execution of alternate groups of statements. An end keyword, which matches the if

, terminates the last group of statements.

The groups of statements are delineated by the four keywords—no braces or brackets are involved.

The MATLAB algorithm for generating a magic square of order n involves three different cases: when n is odd, when n is even but not divisible by 4, or when n is divisible by 4. This is described by if rem(n,2) ~= 0

M = odd_magic(n) elseif rem(n,4) ~= 0

M = single_even_magic(n) else

M = double_even_magic(n) end

For most values of n in this example, the three cases are mutually exclusive.

For values that are not mutually exclusive, such as n=5

, the first true condition is executed.

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It is important to understand how relational operators and if statements work with matrices. When you want to check for equality between two variables, you might use if A == B, ...

This is valid MATLAB code, and does what you expect when

A and

B are scalars. But when

A and

B are matrices,

A == B does not test if they are equal, it tests where they are equal; the result is another matrix of 0’s and 1’s showing element-by-element equality. (In fact, if

A and

B are not the same size, then

A == B is an error.)

A = magic(4); B = A; B(1,1) = 0;

A == B ans =

0

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

The proper way to check for equality between two variables is to use the isequal function: if isequal(A, B), ...

isequal returns a scalar logical value of

1

(representing true

) or

0

( false

), instead of a matrix, as the expression to be evaluated by the if function.

Using the

A and

B matrices from above, you get isequal(A, B) ans =

0

Here is another example to emphasize this point. If

A and

B are scalars, the following program will never reach the “unexpected situation”. But for most pairs of matrices, including our magic squares with interchanged columns, none of the matrix conditions

A > B

,

A < B

, or

A == B is true for all elements and so the else clause is executed: if A > B

'greater'

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'less' elseif A == B

'equal' else error('Unexpected situation') end

Several functions are helpful for reducing the results of matrix comparisons to scalar conditions for use with if

, including isequal isempty all any

switch and case

The switch statement executes groups of statements based on the value of a variable or expression. The keywords case and otherwise delineate the groups. Only the first matching case is executed. There must always be an end to match the switch

.

The logic of the magic squares algorithm can also be described by switch (rem(n,4)==0) + (rem(n,2)==0) case 0

M = odd_magic(n) case 1 end

M = single_even_magic(n) case 2

M = double_even_magic(n) otherwise error('This is impossible')

Note Unlike the C language switch statement, the MATLAB switch does not fall through. If the first case statement is true

, the other case statements do not execute. So, break statements are not required.

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Loop Control — for, while, continue, break

This section covers those MATLAB functions that provide control over program loops.

for

The for loop repeats a group of statements a fixed, predetermined number of times. A matching end delineates the statements: for n = 3:32 r(n) = rank(magic(n)); end r

The semicolon terminating the inner statement suppresses repeated printing, and the r after the loop displays the final result.

It is a good idea to indent the loops for readability, especially when they are nested: for i = 1:m for j = 1:n end end

H(i,j) = 1/(i+j);

while

The while loop repeats a group of statements an indefinite number of times under control of a logical condition. A matching end delineates the statements.

Here is a complete program, illustrating while

, if

, else

, and end

, that uses interval bisection to find a zero of a polynomial: a = 0; fa = -Inf; b = 3; fb = Inf; while b-a > eps*b x = (a+b)/2; fx = x^3-2*x-5; if sign(fx) == sign(fa) a = x; fa = fx;

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The result is a root of the polynomial x 3 - 2x - 5, namely x =

2.09455148154233

The cautions involving matrix comparisons that are discussed in the section on the if statement also apply to the while statement.

continue

The continue statement passes control to the next iteration of the for loop or while loop in which it appears, skipping any remaining statements in the body of the loop. The same holds true for continue statements in nested loops. That is, execution continues at the beginning of the loop in which the continue statement was encountered.

The example below shows a continue loop that counts the lines of code in the file magic.m

, skipping all blank lines and comments. A continue statement is used to advance to the next line in magic.m

without incrementing the count whenever a blank line or comment line is encountered: fid = fopen('magic.m','r'); count = 0; while ~feof(fid) line = fgetl(fid); if isempty(line) || strncmp(line,'%',1) || ~ischar(line) continue end count = count + 1; end fprintf('%d lines\n',count); fclose(fid);

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break

The break statement lets you exit early from a for loop or while loop. In nested loops, break exits from the innermost loop only.

Here is an improvement on the example from the previous section. Why is this use of break a good idea?

a = 0; fa = -Inf; b = 3; fb = Inf; while b-a > eps*b x = (a+b)/2; fx = x^3-2*x-5; if fx == 0 break elseif sign(fx) == sign(fa) end x a = x; fa = fx; else end b = x; fb = fx;

Error Control — try, catch

This section covers those MATLAB functions that provide error handling control.

try

The general form of a try-catch statement sequence is try

statement

...

statement

catch exceptObj

statement

...

end

statement

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In this sequence, the statements in the try block (that part of the try-catch that follows the word try statement, and precedes catch

) between try and catch execute just like any other program code. If an error occurs within the try section The statements between catch and end are then executed.

Examine the contents of the

MException object exceptObj to see the cause of the error. If an error occurs between catch and end

, MATLAB terminates execution unless another try-catch sequence has been established.

Program Termination — return

This section covers the MATLAB return function that enables you to terminate your program before it runs to completion.

return

return terminates the current sequence of commands and returns control to the invoking function or to the keyboard.

return is also used to terminate keyboard mode. A called function normally transfers control to the function that invoked it when it reaches the end of the function. You can insert a return statement within the called function to force an early termination and to transfer control to the invoking function.

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Other Data Structures

Other Data Structures

In this section...

“Multidimensional Arrays” on page 4-9

“Cell Arrays” on page 4-11

“Characters and Text” on page 4-13

“Structures” on page 4-16

Multidimensional Arrays

Multidimensional arrays in the MATLAB environment are arrays with more than two subscripts. One way of creating a multidimensional array is by calling zeros

, ones

, rand

, or randn with more than two arguments. For example,

R = randn(3,4,5); creates a 3-by-4-by-5 array with a total of

3*4*5 = 60 normally distributed random elements.

A three-dimensional array might represent three-dimensional physical data, say the temperature in a room, sampled on a rectangular grid. Or it might represent a sequence of matrices, A (k) k th matrix, is denoted by

A(i,j,k)

.

, or samples of a time-dependent matrix,

A(t). In these latter cases, the (i, j)th element of the kth matrix, or the t

MATLAB and Dürer’s versions of the magic square of order 4 differ by an interchange of two columns. Many different magic squares can be generated by interchanging columns. The statement p = perms(1:4); generates the 4! = 24 permutations of

1:4

. The k th permutation is the row vector p(k,:)

. Then

A = magic(4);

M = zeros(4,4,24);

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M(:,:,k) = A(:,p(k,:)); end stores the sequence of 24 magic squares in a three-dimensional array,

M

. The size of

M is size(M) ans =

4 4 24

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Note The order of the matrices shown in this illustration might differ from your results. The perms function always returns all permutations of the input vector, but the order of the permutations might be different for different

MATLAB versions.

The statement sum(M,d) computes sums by varying the d th subscript. So sum(M,1)

Other Data Structures is a 1-by-4-by-24 array containing 24 copies of the row vector

34 34 34 34 and sum(M,2) is a 4-by-1-by-24 array containing 24 copies of the column vector

34

34

34

34

Finally,

S = sum(M,3) adds the 24 matrices in the sequence. The result has size 4-by-4-by-1, so it looks like a 4-by-4 array:

S =

204

204

204

204

204 204

204 204

204 204

204 204

204

204

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Cell Arrays

Cell arrays in MATLAB are multidimensional arrays whose elements are copies of other arrays. A cell array of empty matrices can be created with the cell function. But, more often, cell arrays are created by enclosing a miscellaneous collection of things in curly braces,

{}

. The curly braces are also used with subscripts to access the contents of various cells. For example,

C = {A sum(A) prod(prod(A))} produces a 1-by-3 cell array. The three cells contain the magic square, the row vector of column sums, and the product of all its elements. When

C is displayed, you see

C =

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[4x4 double] [1x4 double] [20922789888000]

This is because the first two cells are too large to print in this limited space, but the third cell contains only a single number, 16!, so there is room to print it.

Here are two important points to remember. First, to retrieve the contents of one of the cells, use subscripts in curly braces. For example,

C{1} retrieves the magic square and

C{3} is 16!. Second, cell arrays contain copies of other arrays, not pointers to those arrays. If you subsequently change

A

, nothing happens to

C

.

You can use three-dimensional arrays to store a sequence of matrices of the

same size. Cell arrays can be used to store a sequence of matrices of different sizes. For example,

M = cell(8,1); for n = 1:8 end

M{n} = magic(n);

M produces a sequence of magic squares of different order:

M =

[ 1]

[ 2x2 double]

[ 3x3 double]

[ 4x4 double]

[ 5x5 double]

[ 6x6 double]

[ 7x7 double]

[ 8x8 double]

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You can retrieve the 4-by-4 magic square matrix with

M{4}

Characters and Text

Enter text into MATLAB using single quotes. For example, s = 'Hello'

The result is not the same kind of numeric matrix or array you have been dealing with up to now. It is a 1-by-5 character array.

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Internally, the characters are stored as numbers, but not in floating-point format. The statement a = double(s) converts the character array to a numeric matrix containing floating-point representations of the ASCII codes for each character. The result is a =

72 101 108 108 111

The statement s = char(a) reverses the conversion.

Converting numbers to characters makes it possible to investigate the various fonts available on your computer. The printable characters in the basic ASCII character set are represented by the integers

32:127

. (The integers less than

32 represent nonprintable control characters.) These integers are arranged in an appropriate 6-by-16 array with

F = reshape(32:127,16,6)';

The printable characters in the extended ASCII character set are represented by

F+128

. When these integers are interpreted as characters, the result depends on the font currently being used. Type the statements char(F) char(F+128) and then vary the font being used for the Command Window. Select

Preferences from the File menu and then click Fonts to change the font. If you include tabs in lines of code, use a fixed-width font, such as Monospaced, to align the tab positions on different lines.

Concatenation with square brackets joins text variables together into larger strings. The statement h = [s, ' world']

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Hello world

The statement v = [s; 'world'] joins the strings vertically and produces v =

Hello world

Note that a blank has to be inserted before the

'w' in h and that both words in v have to have the same length. The resulting arrays are both character arrays; h is 1-by-11 and v is 2-by-5.

To manipulate a body of text containing lines of different lengths, you have two choices—a padded character array or a cell array of strings. When creating a character array, you must make each row of the array the same length. (Pad the ends of the shorter rows with spaces.) The char function does this padding for you. For example,

S = char('A','rolling','stone','gathers','momentum.') produces a 5-by-9 character array:

S =

A rolling stone gathers momentum.

Alternatively, you can store the text in a cell array. For example,

C = {'A';'rolling';'stone';'gathers';'momentum.'} creates a 5-by-1 cell array that requires no padding because each row of the array can have a different length:

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C =

'A'

'rolling'

'stone'

'gathers'

'momentum.'

You can convert a padded character array to a cell array of strings with

C = cellstr(S) and reverse the process with

S = char(C)

Structures

Structures are multidimensional MATLAB arrays with elements accessed by textual field designators. For example,

S.name = 'Ed Plum';

S.score = 83;

S.grade = 'B+' creates a scalar structure with three fields:

S = name: 'Ed Plum' score: 83 grade: 'B+'

Like everything else in the MATLAB environment, structures are arrays, so you can insert additional elements. In this case, each element of the array is a structure with several fields. The fields can be added one at a time,

S(2).name = 'Toni Miller';

S(2).score = 91;

S(2).grade = 'A-'; or an entire element can be added with a single statement:

S(3) = struct('name','Jerry Garcia',...

'score',70,'grade','C')

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Now the structure is large enough that only a summary is printed:

S =

1x3 struct array with fields: name score grade

There are several ways to reassemble the various fields into other MATLAB arrays. They are mostly based on the notation of a comma-separated list. If you type

S.score

it is the same as typing

S(1).score, S(2).score, S(3).score

which is a comma-separated list.

If you enclose the expression that generates such a list within square brackets, MATLAB stores each item from the list in an array. In this example,

MATLAB creates a numeric row vector containing the score field of each element of structure array

S

: scores = [S.score] scores =

83 91 70 avg_score = sum(scores)/length(scores) avg_score =

81.3333

To create a character array from one of the text fields ( name

, for example), call the char function on the comma-separated list produced by

S.name

: names = char(S.name) names =

Ed Plum

Toni Miller

Jerry Garcia

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Similarly, you can create a cell array from the name fields by enclosing the list-generating expression within curly braces: names = {S.name} names =

'Ed Plum' 'Toni Miller' 'Jerry Garcia'

To assign the fields of each element of a structure array to separate variables outside of the structure, specify each output to the left of the equals sign, enclosing them all within square brackets:

[N1 N2 N3] = S.name

N1 =

Ed Plum

N2 =

Toni Miller

N3 =

Jerry Garcia

Dynamic Field Names

The most common way to access the data in a structure is by specifying the name of the field that you want to reference. Another means of accessing structure data is to use dynamic field names. These names express the field as a variable expression that MATLAB evaluates at run-time. The dot-parentheses syntax shown here makes expression a dynamic field name: structName.(expression)

Index into this field using the standard MATLAB indexing syntax. For example, to evaluate expression into a field name and obtain the values of that field at columns

1 through

25 of row

7

, use structName.(expression)(7,1:25)

Dynamic Field Names Example. The avgscore function shown below computes an average test score, retrieving information from the testscores structure using dynamic field names: function avg = avgscore(testscores, student, first, last) for k = first:last scores(k) = testscores.(student).week(k);

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You can run this function using different values for the dynamic field student

.

First, initialize the structure that contains scores for a 25-week period: testscores.Ann_Lane.week(1:25) = ...

[95 89 76 82 79 92 94 92 89 81 75 93 ...

85 84 83 86 85 90 82 82 84 79 96 88 98]; testscores.William_King.week(1:25) = ...

[87 80 91 84 99 87 93 87 97 87 82 89 ...

86 82 90 98 75 79 92 84 90 93 84 78 81];

Now run avgscore

, supplying the students name fields for the testscores structure at runtime using dynamic field names: avgscore(testscores, 'Ann_Lane', 7, 22) ans =

85.2500

avgscore(testscores, 'William_King', 7, 22) ans =

87.7500

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In this section...

“Overview” on page 4-20

“Scripts” on page 4-21

“Functions” on page 4-22

“Types of Functions” on page 4-24

“Global Variables” on page 4-26

“Passing String Arguments to Functions” on page 4-27

“The eval Function” on page 4-28

“Function Handles” on page 4-28

“Function Functions” on page 4-29

“Vectorization” on page 4-31

“Preallocation” on page 4-32

Overview

The MATLAB product provides a powerful programming language, as well as an interactive computational environment. You can enter commands from the language one at a time at the MATLAB command line, or you can write a series of commands to a file that you then execute as you would any MATLAB function. Use the MATLAB Editor or any other text editor to create your own function files. Call these functions as you would any other MATLAB function or command.

There are two kinds of program files:

Scripts, which do not accept input arguments or return output arguments.

They operate on data in the workspace.

Functions, which can accept input arguments and return output arguments. Internal variables are local to the function.

If you are a new MATLAB programmer, just create the program files that you want to try out in the current folder. As you develop more of your own files,

Scripts and Functions you will want to organize them into other folders and personal toolboxes that you can add to your MATLAB search path.

If you duplicate function names, MATLAB executes the one that occurs first in the search path.

To view the contents of a program file, for example, myfunction.m

, use type myfunction

Scripts

When you invoke a script, MATLAB simply executes the commands found in the file. Scripts can operate on existing data in the workspace, or they can create new data on which to operate. Although scripts do not return output arguments, any variables that they create remain in the workspace, to be used in subsequent computations. In addition, scripts can produce graphical output using functions like plot

.

For example, create a file called magicrank.m

that contains these MATLAB commands:

% Investigate the rank of magic squares r = zeros(1,32); for n = 3:32 r(n) = rank(magic(n)); end r bar(r)

Typing the statement magicrank causes MATLAB to execute the commands, compute the rank of the first 30 magic squares, and plot a bar graph of the result. After execution of the file is complete, the variables n and r remain in the workspace.

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Functions

Functions are files that can accept input arguments and return output arguments. The names of the file and of the function should be the same.

Functions operate on variables within their own workspace, separate from the workspace you access at the MATLAB command prompt.

A good example is provided by rank

. The file rank.m

is available in the folder toolbox/matlab/matfun

You can see the file with type rank

Here is the file:

%

% function r = rank(A,tol)

% RANK Matrix rank.

RANK(A) provides an estimate of the number of linearly independent rows or columns of a matrix A.

Scripts and Functions

%

%

%

RANK(A,tol) is the number of singular values of A that are larger than tol.

RANK(A) uses the default tol = max(size(A)) * norm(A) * eps.

s = svd(A); if nargin==1 end tol = max(size(A)') * max(s) * eps; r = sum(s > tol);

The first line of a function starts with the keyword function

. It gives the function name and order of arguments. In this case, there are up to two input arguments and one output argument.

The next several lines, up to the first blank or executable line, are comment lines that provide the help text. These lines are printed when you type help rank

The first line of the help text is the H1 line, which MATLAB displays when you use the lookfor command or request help on a folder.

The rest of the file is the executable MATLAB code defining the function. The variable s introduced in the body of the function, as well as the variables on the first line, r

,

A and tol

, are all local to the function; they are separate from any variables in the MATLAB workspace.

This example illustrates one aspect of MATLAB functions that is not ordinarily found in other programming languages—a variable number of arguments. The rank function can be used in several different ways: rank(A) r = rank(A) r = rank(A,1.e-6)

Many functions work this way. If no output argument is supplied, the result is stored in ans

. If the second input argument is not supplied, the function computes a default value. Within the body of the function, two quantities named nargin and nargout are available that tell you the number of input and output arguments involved in each particular use of the function. The rank function uses nargin

, but does not need to use nargout

.

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Types of Functions

MATLAB offers several different types of functions to use in your programming.

Anonymous Functions

An anonymous function is a simple form of the MATLAB function that is defined within a single MATLAB statement. It consists of a single MATLAB expression and any number of input and output arguments. You can define an anonymous function right at the MATLAB command line, or within a function or script. This gives you a quick means of creating simple functions without having to create a file for them each time.

The syntax for creating an anonymous function from an expression is f = @(arglist)expression

The statement below creates an anonymous function that finds the square of a number. When you call this function, MATLAB assigns the value you pass in to variable x

, and then uses x in the equation x.^2

: sqr = @(x) x.^2;

To execute the sqr function defined above, type a = sqr(5) a =

25

Primary and Subfunctions

Any function that is not anonymous must be defined within a file. Each such function file contains a required primary function that appears first, and any number of subfunctions that may follow the primary. Primary functions have a wider scope than subfunctions. That is, primary functions can be called from outside of the file that defines them (e.g., from the MATLAB command line or from functions in other files) while subfunctions cannot. Subfunctions are visible only to the primary function and other subfunctions within their own file.

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The rank

function shown in the section on “Functions” on page 4-22 is an

example of a primary function.

Private Functions

A private function is a type of primary function. Its unique characteristic is that it is visible only to a limited group of other functions. This type of function can be useful if you want to limit access to a function, or when you choose not to expose the implementation of a function.

Private functions reside in subfolders with the special name private.

They are visible only to functions in the parent folder. For example, assume the folder newmath is on the MATLAB search path. A subfolder of newmath called private can contain functions that only the functions in newmath can call.

Because private functions are invisible outside the parent folder, they can use the same names as functions in other folders. This is useful if you want to create your own version of a particular function while retaining the original in another folder. Because MATLAB looks for private functions before standard functions, it will find a private function named test.m

before a nonprivate file named test.m

.

Nested Functions

You can define functions within the body of another function. These are said to be nested within the outer function. A nested function contains any or all of the components of any other function. In this example, function

B is nested in function

A

: function x = A(p1, p2)

...

B(p2) function y = B(p3)

...

end

...

end

Like other functions, a nested function has its own workspace where variables used by the function are stored. But it also has access to the workspaces of all functions in which it is nested. So, for example, a variable that has

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Function Overloading

Overloaded functions act the same way as overloaded functions in most computer languages. Overloaded functions are useful when you need to create a function that responds to different types of inputs accordingly. For instance, you might want one of your functions to accept both double-precision and integer input, but to handle each type somewhat differently. You can make this difference invisible to the user by creating two separate functions having the same name, and designating one to handle double types and one to handle integers. When you call the function, MATLAB chooses which file to dispatch to based on the type of the input arguments.

Global Variables

If you want more than one function to share a single copy of a variable, simply declare the variable as global in all the functions. Do the same thing at the command line if you want the base workspace to access the variable.

The global declaration must occur before the variable is actually used in a function. Although it is not required, using capital letters for the names of global variables helps distinguish them from other variables. For example, create a new function in a file called falling.m

: function h = falling(t) global GRAVITY h = 1/2*GRAVITY*t.^2;

Then interactively enter the statements global GRAVITY

GRAVITY = 32; y = falling((0:.1:5)');

The two global statements make the value assigned to

GRAVITY at the command prompt available inside the function. You can then modify

GRAVITY interactively and obtain new solutions without editing any files.

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Passing String Arguments to Functions

You can write MATLAB functions that accept string arguments without the parentheses and quotes. That is, MATLAB interprets foo a b c as foo('a','b','c')

However, when you use the unquoted form, MATLAB cannot return output arguments. For example, legend apples oranges creates a legend on a plot using the strings apples and oranges as labels.

If you want the legend command to return its output arguments, then you must use the quoted form:

[legh,objh] = legend('apples','oranges');

In addition, you must use the quoted form if any of the arguments is not a string.

Caution While the unquoted syntax is convenient, in some cases it can be used incorrectly without causing MATLAB to generate an error.

Constructing String Arguments in Code

The quoted form enables you to construct string arguments within the code. The following example processes multiple data files,

August1.dat

,

August2.dat

, and so on. It uses the function int2str

, which converts an integer to a character, to build the filename: for d = 1:31 s = ['August' int2str(d) '.dat']; end load(s)

% Code to process the contents of the d-th file

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The eval Function

The eval function works with text variables to implement a powerful text macro facility. The expression or statement eval(s) uses the MATLAB interpreter to evaluate the expression or execute the statement contained in the text string s

.

The example of the previous section could also be done with the following code, although this would be somewhat less efficient because it involves the full interpreter, not just a function call: for d = 1:31 s = ['load August' int2str(d) '.dat']; end eval(s)

% Process the contents of the d-th file

Function Handles

You can create a handle to any MATLAB function and then use that handle as a means of referencing the function. A function handle is typically passed in an argument list to other functions, which can then execute, or evaluate, the function using the handle.

Construct a function handle in MATLAB using the at sign,

@

, before the function name. The following example creates a function handle for the sin function and assigns it to the variable fhandle

: fhandle = @sin;

You can call a function by means of its handle in the same way that you would call the function using its name. The syntax is fhandle(arg1, arg2, ...);

The function plot_fhandle

, shown below, receives a function handle and data, generates y-axis data using the function handle, and plots it: function plot_fhandle(fhandle, data) plot(data, fhandle(data))

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When you call plot_fhandle with a handle to the sin function and the argument shown below, the resulting evaluation produces a sine wave plot: plot_fhandle(@sin, -pi:0.01:pi)

Function Functions

A class of functions called “function functions” works with nonlinear functions of a scalar variable. That is, one function works on another function. The function functions include

Zero finding

Optimization

Quadrature

Ordinary differential equations

MATLAB represents the nonlinear function by the file that defines it.

For example, here is a simplified version of the function humps from the matlab/demos folder: function y = humps(x) y = 1./((x-.3).^2 + .01) + 1./((x-.9).^2 + .04) - 6;

Evaluate this function at a set of points in the interval 0 ≤ x

≤ 1 with x = 0:.002:1; y = humps(x);

Then plot the function with plot(x,y)

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The graph shows that the function has a local minimum near x = 0.6. The function fminsearch finds the minimizer, the value of x where the function takes on this minimum. The first argument to fminsearch is a function handle to the function being minimized and the second argument is a rough guess at the location of the minimum: p = fminsearch(@humps,.5) p =

0.6370

To evaluate the function at the minimizer, humps(p) ans =

11.2528

Numerical analysts use the terms quadrature and integration to distinguish between numerical approximation of definite integrals and numerical integration of ordinary differential equations. MATLAB quadrature routines are quad and quadl

. The statement

Scripts and Functions

Q = quadl(@humps,0,1) computes the area under the curve in the graph and produces

Q =

29.8583

Finally, the graph shows that the function is never zero on this interval. So, if you search for a zero with z = fzero(@humps,.5) you will find one outside the interval z =

-0.1316

Vectorization

One way to make your MATLAB programs run faster is to vectorize the algorithms you use in constructing the programs. Where other programming languages might use for loops or

DO loops, MATLAB can use vector or matrix operations. A simple example involves creating a table of logarithms: x = .01; for k = 1:1001 end y(k) = log10(x); x = x + .01;

A vectorized version of the same code is x = .01:.01:10; y = log10(x);

For more complicated code, vectorization options are not always so obvious.

For More Information See “Performance” in the MATLAB Programming

Fundamentals documentation for other techniques that you can use.

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Preallocation

If you cannot vectorize a piece of code, you can make your for loops go faster by preallocating any vectors or arrays in which output results are stored. For example, this code uses the function zeros to preallocate the vector created in the for loop. This makes the for loop execute significantly faster: r = zeros(32,1); for n = 1:32 r(n) = rank(magic(n)); end

Without the preallocation in the previous example, the MATLAB interpreter enlarges the r vector by one element each time through the loop. Vector preallocation eliminates this step and results in faster execution.

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Object-Oriented Programming

In this section...

“MATLAB Classes and Objects” on page 4-33

“Learn About Defining MATLAB Classes” on page 4-33

MATLAB Classes and Objects

MATLAB object-oriented programming capabilities enable you to develop and maintain large application and define complex data structures that integrate seamlessly into the MATLAB environment. Some of the features include:

Support for value and handle (reference) classes

Definition of events and listeners

Class introspection

JIT/Accelerator support for classes to improve performance

Learn About Defining MATLAB Classes

For complete information on using and creating MATLAB classes, see

Object-Oriented Programming in the user-guide documentation.

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Data Analysis

“Introduction” on page 5-2

“Preprocessing Data” on page 5-3

“Summarizing Data” on page 5-10

“Visualizing Data” on page 5-14

“Modeling Data” on page 5-27

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Introduction

Every data analysis has some standard components:

Preprocessing — Consider outliers and missing values, and smooth data

to identify possible models.

Summarizing — Compute basic statistics to describe the overall location,

scale, and shape of the data.

Visualizing — Plot data to identify patterns and trends.

Modeling — Give data trends fuller descriptions, suitable for predicting

new values.

Data analysis moves among these components with two basic goals in mind:

1

Describe the patterns in the data with simple models that lead to accurate predictions.

2

Understand the relationships among variables that lead to the model.

This section of the Getting Started guide explains how to carry out a basic data analysis in the MATLAB environment.

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Preprocessing Data

In this section...

“Overview” on page 5-3

“Loading the Data” on page 5-3

“Missing Data” on page 5-3

“Outliers” on page 5-4

“Smoothing and Filtering” on page 5-6

Overview

Begin a data analysis by loading data into suitable MATLAB container variables and sorting out the “good” data from the “bad.” This is a preliminary step that assures meaningful conclusions in subsequent parts of the analysis.

Note This section begins a data analysis that is continued in “Summarizing

Data” on page 5-10, “Visualizing Data” on page 5-14, and “Modeling Data” on page 5-27.

Loading the Data

Begin by loading the data in count.dat

: load count.dat

The 24-by-3 array count contains hourly traffic counts (the rows) at three intersections (the columns) for a single day.

See “Importing and Exporting Data” in the MATLAB Data Analysis documentation for more information on storing data in MATLAB variables for analysis.

Missing Data

The MATLAB

NaN

(Not a Number) value is normally used to represent missing data.

NaN values allow variables with missing data to maintain their

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Data Analysis structure—in this case, 24-by-1 vectors with consistent indexing across all three intersections.

Check the data at the third intersection for

NaN values using the isnan function: c3 = count(:,3); % Data at intersection 3 c3NaNCount = sum(isnan(c3)) c3NaNCount =

0 isnan returns a logical vector the same size as c3

, with entries indicating the presence (

1

) or absence (

0

) of

NaN values for each of the 24 elements in the data. In this case, the logical values sum to

0

, so there are no

NaN values in the data.

NaN

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values are introduced into the data in the section on “Outliers” on page

See “Missing Data” in the MATLAB Data Analysis documentation for more information on handling missing data.

Outliers

Outliers are data values that are dramatically different from patterns in the rest of the data. They may be due to measurement error, or they may represent significant features in the data. Identifying outliers, and deciding what to do with them, depends on an understanding of the data and its source.

One common method for identifying outliers is to look for values more than a certain number of standard deviations σ from the mean μ. The following code plots a histogram of the data at the third intersection together with lines at μ and μ + , for n = 1, 2: bin_counts = hist(c3); % Histogram bin counts

N = max(bin_counts); % Maximum bin count mu3 = mean(c3); % Data mean sigma3 = std(c3); % Data standard deviation hist(c3) % Plot histogram hold on

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plot([mu3 mu3],[0 N],'r','LineWidth',2) % Mean

X = repmat(mu3+(1:2)*sigma3,2,1);

Y = repmat([0;N],1,2); plot(X,Y,'g','LineWidth',2) % Standard deviations legend('Data','Mean','Stds') hold off

Preprocessing Data

The plot shows that some of the data are more than two standard deviations above the mean. If you identify these data as errors (not features), replace them with

NaN values as follows: outliers = (c3 - mu3) > 2*sigma3; c3m = c3; % Copy c3 to c3m c3m(outliers) = NaN; % Add NaN values

See “Inconsistent Data” in the MATLAB Data Analysis documentation for more information on handling outliers.

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Smoothing and Filtering

A time-series plot of the data at the third intersection (with the outlier

removed in “Outliers” on page 5-4) results in the following plot:

plot(c3m,'o-') hold on

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The

NaN value at hour 20 appears as a gap in the plot. This handling of

NaN values is typical of MATLAB plotting functions.

Noisy data shows random variations about expected values. You may want to smooth the data to reveal its main features before building a model. Two basic assumptions underlie smoothing:

The relationship between the predictor (time) and the response (traffic volume) is smooth.

Preprocessing Data

The smoothing algorithm results in values that are better estimates of expected values because the noise has been reduced.

Apply a simple moving average smoother to the data using the MATLAB convn function: span = 3; % Size of the averaging window window = ones(span,1)/span; smoothed_c3m = convn(c3m,window,'same'); h = plot(smoothed_c3m,'ro-'); legend('Data','Smoothed Data')

The extent of the smoothing is controlled with the variable span

. The averaging calculation returns

NaN values whenever the smoothing window includes the

NaN value in the data, thus increasing the size of the gap in the smoothed data.

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The filter function is also used for smoothing data: smoothed2_c3m = filter(window,1,c3m); delete(h) plot(smoothed2_c3m,'ro-');

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The smoothed data are shifted from the previous plot.

convn with the

'same' parameter returns the central part of the convolution, the same length as the data.

filter returns the initial part of the convolution, the same length as the data. Otherwise, the algorithms are identical.

Smoothing estimates the center of the distribution of response values at each value of the predictor. It invalidates a basic assumption of many fitting algorithms, namely, that the errors at each value of the predictor are

independent. Accordingly, you can use smoothed data to identify a model, but avoid using smoothed data to fit a model.

Preprocessing Data

See “Filtering Data” in the MATLAB Data Analysis documentation for more information on smoothing and filtering.

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Summarizing Data

In this section...

“Overview” on page 5-10

“Measures of Location” on page 5-10

“Measures of Scale” on page 5-11

“Shape of a Distribution” on page 5-11

Overview

Many MATLAB functions enable you to summarize the overall location, scale, and shape of a data sample.

One of the advantages of working in MATLAB is that functions operate on entire arrays of data, not just on single scalar values. The functions are said to be vectorized. Vectorization allows for both efficient problem formulation, using array-based data, and efficient computation, using vectorized statistical functions.

Note This section continues the data analysis from “Preprocessing Data” on page 5-3.

Measures of Location

Summarize the location of a data sample by finding a “typical” value.

Common measures of location or “central tendency” are computed by the functions mean

, median

, and mode

: load count.dat

x1 = mean(count) x1 =

32.0000

46.5417

65.5833

x2 = median(count) x2 =

23.5000

36.0000

39.0000

Summarizing Data x3 = mode(count) x3 =

11 9 9

Like all of its statistical functions, the MATLAB functions above summarize data across observations (rows) while preserving variables (columns). The functions compute the location of the data at each of the three intersections in a single call.

Measures of Scale

There are many ways to measure the scale or “dispersion” of a data sample.

The MATLAB functions max

, min

, std

, and var compute some common measures: dx1 = max(count)-min(count) dx1 =

107 136 250 dx2 = std(count) dx2 =

25.3703

41.4057

68.0281

dx3 = var(count) dx3 =

1.0e+003 *

0.6437

1.7144

4.6278

Like all of its statistical functions, the MATLAB functions above summarize data across observations (rows) while preserving variables (columns). The functions compute the scale of the data at each of the three intersections in a single call.

Shape of a Distribution

The shape of a distribution is harder to summarize than its location or scale. The MATLAB hist function plots a histogram that provides a visual summary: figure

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'Intersection 2',...

'Intersection 3')

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Parametric models give analytic summaries of distribution shapes.

Exponential distributions, with parameter mu given by the data mean, are a good choice for the traffic data: c1 = count(:,1); % Data at intersection 1

[bin_counts,bin_locations] = hist(c1); bin_width = bin_locations(2) - bin_locations(1); hist_area = (bin_width)*(sum(bin_counts)); figure hist(c1) hold on

mu1 = mean(c1); exp_pdf = @(t)(1/mu1)*exp(-t/mu1); % Integrates

% to 1 t = 0:150; y = exp_pdf(t); plot(t,(hist_area)*y,'r','LineWidth',2) legend('Distribution','Exponential Fit')

Summarizing Data

Methods for fitting general parametric models to data distributions are beyond the scope of this Getting Started guide. Statistics Toolbox software provides functions for computing maximum likelihood estimates of distribution parameters.

See “Descriptive Statistics” in the MATLAB Data Analysis documentation for more information on summarizing data samples.

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Visualizing Data

In this section...

“Overview” on page 5-14

“2-D Scatter Plots” on page 5-14

“3-D Scatter Plots” on page 5-16

“Scatter Plot Arrays” on page 5-18

“Exploring Data in Graphs” on page 5-19

Overview

You can use many MATLAB graph types for visualizing data patterns and trends. Scatter plots, described in this section, help to visualize relationships among the traffic data at different intersections. Data exploration tools let you query and interact with individual data points on graphs.

Note This section continues the data analysis from “Summarizing Data” on page 5-10.

2-D Scatter Plots

A 2-D scatter plot, created with the scatter function, shows the relationship between the traffic volume at the first two intersections: load count.dat

c1 = count(:,1); % Data at intersection 1 c2 = count(:,2); % Data at intersection 2 figure scatter(c1,c2,'filled') xlabel('Intersection 1') ylabel('Intersection 2')

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The covariance, computed by the cov function measures the strength of the linear relationship between the two variables (how tightly the data lies along a least-squares line through the scatter):

C12 = cov([c1 c2])

C12 =

1.0e+003 *

0.6437

0.9802

0.9802

1.7144

The results are displayed in a symmetric square matrix, with the covariance of the ith and jth variables in the (i, j)th position. The ith diagonal element is the variance of the ith variable.

Covariances have the disadvantage of depending on the units used to measure the individual variables. You can divide a covariance by the standard

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R12 = corrcoef([c1 c2])

R12 =

1.0000

0.9331

0.9331

1.0000

r12 = R12(1,2) % Correlation coefficient r12 =

0.9331

r12sq = r12^2 % Coefficient of determination r12sq =

0.8707

Because it is normalized, the value of the correlation coefficient is readily comparable to values for other pairs of intersections. Its square, the coefficient

of determination, is the variance about the least-squares line divided by the variance about the mean. Thus, it is the proportion of variation in the response (in this case, the traffic volume at intersection 2) that is eliminated or statistically explained by a least-squares line through the scatter.

3-D Scatter Plots

A 3-D scatter plot, created with the scatter3 function, shows the relationship between the traffic volume at all three intersections. Use the variables c1

, c2

, and c3 that you created in the previous step: figure scatter3(c1,c2,c3,'filled') xlabel('Intersection 1') ylabel('Intersection 2') zlabel('Intersection 3')

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Measure the strength of the linear relationship among the variables in the

3-D scatter by computing eigenvalues of the covariance matrix with the eig function: vars = eig(cov([c1 c2 c3])) vars =

1.0e+003 *

0.0442

0.1118

6.8300

explained = max(vars)/sum(vars) explained =

0.9777

The eigenvalues are the variances along the principal components of the data.

The variable explained measures the proportion of variation explained by the

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Scatter Plot Arrays

Use the plotmatrix function to make comparisons of the relationships between multiple pairs of intersections: figure plotmatrix(count)

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The plot in the (i, j)th position of the array is a scatter with the i th variable on the vertical axis and the jth variable on the horizontal axis. The plot in the

ith diagonal position is a histogram of the ith variable.

For more information on statistical visualization, see “Plotting Data” and

“Interactive Data Exploration” in the MATLAB Data Analysis documentation.

Visualizing Data

Exploring Data in Graphs

Using your mouse, you can pick observations on almost any MATLAB graph with two tools from the figure toolbar:

Data Cursor

Data Brushing

These tools each place you in exploratory modes in which you can select data points on graphs to identify their values and create workspace variables to contain specific observations. When you use data brushing, you can also copy, remove or replace the selected observations.

For example, make a scatter plot of the first and third columns of count

: load count.dat

scatter(count(:,1),count(:,3))

Select the Data Cursor Tool and click the right-most data point. A datatip displaying the point’s x and y value is placed there.

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Datatips display x-, y-, and z- (for 3-D plots) coordinates by default. You can drag a datatip from one data point to another to see new values or add additional datatips by right-clicking a datatip and using the context menu.

You can also customize the text that datatips display using MATLAB code.

For more information, see the datacursormode function and “Interacting with

Graphed Data” in the MATLAB Data Analysis documentation.

Data brushing is a related feature that lets you highlight one or more observations on a graph by clicking or dragging. To enter data brushing mode, click the left side of the Data Brushing tool on the figure toolbar.

Clicking the arrow on the right side of the tool icon drops down a color palette for selecting the color with which to brush observations. This figure shows the same scatter plot as the previous figure, but with all observations beyond one standard deviation of the mean (as identified using the Tools > Data

Statistics GUI) brushed in red.

scatter(count(:,1),count(:,3))

Visualizing Data

After you brush data observations, you can perform the following operations on them:

Delete them.

Replace them with constant values.

Replace them with NaN values.

Drag or copy, and paste them to the Command Window.

Save them as workspace variables.

For example, use the Data Brush context menu or the

Tools > Brushing > Create new variable option to create a new variable called count13high

.

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A new variable in the workspace results: count13high count13high =

61 186

75 180

114 257

For more information, see the MATLAB brush function and “Marking Up

Graphs with Data Brushing” in the MATLAB Data Analysis documentation.

Linked plots, or data linking, is a feature closely related to data brushing. A plot is said to be linked when it has a live connection to the workspace data it depicts. The copies of variables stored in a plot object’s

XData

,

YData

, (and, where appropriate,

ZData

), automatically updated whenever the workspace variables to which they are linked change or are deleted. This causes the graphs on which they appear to update automatically.

Linking plots to variables lets you track specific observations through different presentations of them. When you brush data points in linked plots,

Visualizing Data brushing one graph highlights the same observations in every graph that is linked to the same variables.

Data linking establishes immediate, two-way communication between figures and workspace variables, in the same way that the Variable Editor communicates with workspace variables. You create links by activating the

Data Linking tool on a figure’s toolbar. Activating this tool causes the

Linked Plot information bar, displayed in the next figure, to appear at the top of the plot (possibly obscuring its title). You can dismiss the bar (shown in the following figure) without unlinking the plot; it does not print and is not saved with the figure.

The following two graphs depict scatter plot displays of linked data after brushing some observations on the left graph. The common variable, count carries the brush marks to the right figure. Even though the right graph is not in data brushing mode, it displays brush marks because it is linked to its variables.

figure scatter(count(:,1),count(:,2)) xlabel ('count(:,1)') ylabel ('count(:,2)') figure scatter(count(:,3),count(:,2)) xlabel ('count(:,3)') ylabel ('count(:,2)')

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The right plot shows that the brushed observations are more linearly related than in the left plot.

Brushed data observations appear highlighted in the brushing color when you display those variables in the Variable Editor, as you can see here: openvar count

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In the Variable Editor, you can alter any values of linked plot data, and the graphs will reflect your edits. To brush data observation from the Variable

Editor, click its Brushing Tool button. If the variable you brush is currently depicted in a linked plot, the observations you brush highlight in the plot as well as in the Variable Editor. When you brush a variable that is a column in a matrix, the other columns in that row are also brushed. That is, you can brush individual observations in a row or column vector, but all

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For more information, see the linkdata function, “Making Graphs Responsive with Data Linking” in the MATLAB Data Analysis documentation, and

“Viewing and Editing Values in the Current Workspace” in the MATLAB

Desktop Environment documentation.

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Modeling Data

In this section...

“Overview” on page 5-27

“Polynomial Regression” on page 5-27

“General Linear Regression” on page 5-28

Overview

Parametric models translate an understanding of data relationships into analytic tools with predictive power. Polynomial and sinusoidal models are simple choices for the up and down trends in the traffic data.

Note This section continues the data analysis from “Visualizing Data” on page 5-14.

Polynomial Regression

Use the polyfit function to estimate coefficients of polynomial models, then use the polyval function to evaluate the model at arbitrary values of the predictor.

The following code fits the traffic data at the third intersection with a polynomial model of degree six: load count.dat

c3 = count(:,3); % Data at intersection 3 tdata = (1:24)'; p_coeffs = polyfit(tdata,c3,6); figure plot(c3,'o-') hold on tfit = (1:0.01:24)'; yfit = polyval(p_coeffs,tfit); plot(tfit,yfit,'r-','LineWidth',2) legend('Data','Polynomial Fit','Location','NW')

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The model has the advantage of being simple while following the up-and-down trend. The accuracy of its predictive power, however, is questionable, especially at the ends of the data.

General Linear Regression

Assuming that the data are periodic with a 12-hour period and a peak around hour 7, it is reasonable to fit a sinusoidal model of the form:

y a b

cos(( 2

π

/ 12 )(

t

7 ))

The coefficients a and b appear linearly. Use the MATLAB mldivide

(backslash) operator to fit general linear models: load count.dat

c3 = count(:,3); % Data at intersection 3

Modeling Data tdata = (1:24)';

X = [ones(size(tdata)) cos((2*pi/12)*(tdata-7))]; s_coeffs = X\c3; figure plot(c3,'o-') hold on tfit = (1:0.01:24)'; yfit = [ones(size(tfit)) cos((2*pi/12)*(tfit-7))]*s_coeffs; plot(tfit,yfit,'r-','LineWidth',2) legend('Data','Sinusoidal Fit','Location','NW')

Use the lscov function to compute statistics on the fit, such as estimated standard errors of the coefficients and the mean squared error:

[s_coeffs,stdx,mse] = lscov(X,c3) s_coeffs =

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65.5833

73.2819

stdx =

8.9185

12.6127

mse =

1.9090e+003

Check the assumption of a 12-hour period in the data with a periodogram, computed using the fft function:

Fs = 1; % Sample frequency (per hour) n = length(c3); % Window length

Y = fft(c3); % DFT of data f = (0:n-1)*(Fs/n); % Frequency range

P = Y.*conj(Y)/n; % Power of the DFT figure plot(f,P) xlabel('Frequency') ylabel('Power') predicted_f = 1/12 predicted_f =

0.0833

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The peak near

0.0833

supports the assumption, although it occurs at a slightly higher frequency. The model can be adjusted accordingly.

See “Regression Analysis” and “Fourier Transforms” in the MATLAB Data

Analysis and Mathematics documentation for more information on data modeling.

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Creating Graphical User

Interfaces

“What Is GUIDE?” on page 6-2

“Laying Out a GUI” on page 6-3

“Programming a GUI” on page 6-7

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What Is GUIDE?

GUIDE, the MATLAB graphical user interface development environment, provides a set of tools for creating graphical user interfaces (GUIs). These tools greatly simplify the process of designing and building GUIs. You can use the GUIDE tools to perform the following tasks:

Lay out the GUI.

Using the GUIDE Layout Editor, you can lay out a GUI easily by clicking and dragging GUI components—such as panels, buttons, text fields, sliders, menus, and so on—into the layout area. GUIDE stores the GUI layout in a FIG-file.

Program the GUI.

“GUIDE automatically generates a MATLAB program file that controls how the GUI operates. The code in that file initializes the GUI and includes function templates for the most commonly used callbacks for each component—the commands that execute when a user clicks a GUI component. Using the MATLAB editor, you can add code to the callbacks to perform the functions you want.

Note You can also create GUIs without GUIDE, by writing MATLAB code. For information on how to get started, see “Creating a Simple GUI

Programmatically” in the MATLAB Creating Graphical User interfaces documentation.

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Laying Out a GUI

In this section...

“Starting GUIDE” on page 6-3

“The Layout Editor” on page 6-4

Starting GUIDE

Start GUIDE by typing guide at the MATLAB command prompt. This command displays the GUIDE Quick Start dialog box, as shown in the following figure.

From the GUIDE Quick Start dialog box, you can perform the following tasks:

Create a new GUI from one of the GUIDE templates—prebuilt GUIs that you can modify for your own purposes.

Open an existing GUI.

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The Layout Editor

When you open a GUI in GUIDE, it is displayed in the Layout Editor, which is the control panel for all of the GUIDE tools. The following figure shows the

Layout Editor with a blank GUI template.

Component palette

Layout Area

Selected component tag

Mouse pointer location

Selected component position

You can expand the tool icons in the Layout Editor to include component names. Open File > Preferences from GUIDE or the MATLAB Desktop and select Show Names in Component Palette, as shown in the following illustration.

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Laying Out a GUI

See “GUIDE Preferences” in the MATLAB Creating Graphical Interfaces documentation for details.

You can lay out your GUI by dragging components, such as panels, push buttons, pop-up menus, or axes, from the component palette, at the left side of the Layout Editor, into the layout area. For example, if you drag three push buttons into the layout area, it might look like this.

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The illustration also shows how the GUIDE tool palette looks when you set a preference to show component names, as described above.

You can also use the Layout Editor (along with the Toolbar Editor and Icon

Editor) to create menus and toolbars, create and modify tool icons, and set basic properties of the GUI components.

To get started using the Layout Editor and setting property values, see

“Creating a Simple GUI with GUIDE” in the MATLAB Creating Graphical

User Interfaces documentation. “Examples of GUIDE GUIs” in the same documentation illustrates the variety of GUIs that you can create with

GUIDE.

Programming a GUI

Programming a GUI

After laying out the GUI and setting component properties, the next step is to program the GUI. You program the GUI by coding one or more callbacks for each of its components. Callbacks are functions that execute in response to some action by the user. A typical action is clicking a push button.

A GUI’s callbacks are found in a MATLAB program file that GUIDE generates automatically. GUIDE adds templates for the most commonly used callbacks to this program file, but you may want to add others. Use the MATLAB

Editor to edit this file.

The following figure shows the Callback template for a push button.

To learn more about programming a GUI, see “Creating a Simple GUI with

GUIDE” in the MATLAB Creating Graphical User Interfaces documentation.

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Desktop Tools and

Development Environment

If you have an active Internet connection, you can watch the Working in

The Development Environment video demo for an overview of the major functionality.

“Desktop Overview” on page 7-2

“Command Window and Command History” on page 7-5

“Getting Help” on page 7-7

“Workspace Browser and Variable Editor” on page 7-20

“Managing Files in MATLAB” on page 7-23

“Finding and Getting Files Created by Other Users — File Exchange” on page 7-27

“Editor” on page 7-29

“Improving and Tuning Your MATLAB Programs” on page 7-38

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Desktop Overview

In this section...

“Introduction to the Desktop” on page 7-2

“Arranging the Desktop” on page 7-3

“Start Button” on page 7-3

Introduction to the Desktop

Use desktop tools to manage your work and become more productive using

MATLAB software. You can also use MATLAB functions to perform the equivalent of most of the features found in the desktop tools.

The following illustration shows the default configuration of the MATLAB desktop. You can modify the setup to meet your needs.

Menus change, depending on the tool you are using.

Enter MATLAB statements at the prompt.

View or change the current folder.

Move, minimize, resize, or close a tool.

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For More Information For an overview of the desktop, watch the Working in the Development Environment video demo. For complete details, see the

MATLAB Desktop Tools and Development Environment documentation.

Arranging the Desktop

These are some common ways to customize the desktop:

Show or hide desktop tools via the Desktop menu.

Resize any tool by dragging one of its edges.

Move a tool outside of the desktop by clicking the undock button in the tool’s title bar.

Reposition a tool within the desktop by dragging its title bar to the new location. As you drag, a blue box indicates the new tool position until you release the mouse button. You can drag more than one tools to the same position, in which case they become the same size and their title bars become tabs. Access a tabbed tool by clicking the tab displaying its name.

Maximize or minimize (temporarily hide) a tool within the desktop via the Desktop menu.

Change fonts, customize the toolbar, and access other options by using

File > Preferences.

Start Button

The MATLAB Start button provides easy access to tools, demos, shortcuts, and documentation. Click the Start button to see the options.

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For More Information See “Desktop” in the MATLAB Desktop Tools and

Development Environment documentation.

Command Window and Command History

Command Window and Command History

In this section...

“Command Window” on page 7-5

“Command History” on page 7-6

Command Window

Use the Command Window to enter variables and to run MATLAB functions and scripts. MATLAB displays the results.

Function

Results

Press the up arrow key ↑ to recall a statement you previously typed. Edit the statement as needed, and then press Enter to run it. For more information

about entering statements in the Command Window, see “Controlling

Command Window Input and Output” on page 2-30.

There are other tools available to help you remember functions and their syntax, and to enter statements correctly. For example, to look for functions, use the Function Browser to look for functions—click the button at the left of the prompt to open the tool. For more information on ways to get help

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Desktop Tools and Development Environment while you work in the Command Window, see “Assistance While Entering

Statements”.

For More Information See “Running Functions — Command Window and

History” in the MATLAB Desktop Tools and Development Environment documentation for complete details.

Command History

Statements you enter in the Command Window are logged with a timestamp in the Command History. From the Command History, you can view and search for previously run statements, as well as copy and execute selected statements. You can also create a file from selected statements.

Timestamp

Statement

To save the input and output from a MATLAB session to a file, use the diary function.

For More Information See “Using the Command History Window” in the

MATLAB Desktop Tools and Development Environment documentation, and the reference page for the diary function.

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Getting Help

Getting Help

In this section...

“Ways to Get Help” on page 7-7

“Accessing Documentation, Examples, and Demos Using the Help Browser” on page 7-9

“Searching for Documentation and Demos” on page 7-11

“Browsing for Documentation and Demos” on page 7-15

“Running Demos and Code in Examples” on page 7-16

Ways to Get Help

There are different ways to get help, depending on your needs. The following table summarizes the main ways.

To...

Look for getting started guides, code examples, demos, and more.

Find information about any topic.

Try This

In the Help browser

Contents pane, expand the listing for a product.

In the Help browser search field, type words you want to look for in the documentation or demos.

Then press Enter.

More Information

“Browsing for

Documentation and

Demos” on page 7-15

“Searching for

Documentation and

Demos” on page 7-11

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To...

View help for a function or block.

Find a function and view help for it.

Get syntax and function hints while using the Command

Window and

Editor.

View help for a function or block.

Try This

Run doc name to display the reference page in the

Help browser.

For quick help in the

Command Window, run help name

. Sometimes, the help text shows

name

in all uppercase letters to distinguish it. When you use

name

, do not use all uppercase letters.

Select Help > Function

Browser, then search or browse.

Use colors and other cues to determine correct syntax.

While entering a function, pause after typing the left parenthesis. A summary of syntax options displays in a temporary window.

Run doc name to display the reference page in the

Help browser.

For quick help in the

Command Window, run help name

. Sometimes, the help text shows

name

in all uppercase letters to distinguish it. When you use

name

, do not use all uppercase letters.

More Information

doc help reference page reference page

“Finding Functions Using the Function Browser”

“Assistance While Entering

Statements” doc help reference page reference page

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To...

Get specific help while using a tool.

Try This

Use the context-sensitive help, which some tools provide. Access the help using standard methods, such as Help buttons and context menus.

Check code for problems and get recommendations for improvements.

In the Editor, view M-Lint messages.

More Information

See the documentation for a tool to learn about any special context-sensitive help available.

“Checking for Coding

Problems”

Accessing Documentation, Examples, and Demos

Using the Help Browser

The Help browser is the main tool you use to view documentation, examples in the documentation, and demos.

To open the Help browser, from any desktop tool, select Help > Product

Help.

The Help browser shows Contents and Search Results in the left pane.

When you select an item in the left pane, the right pane displays that page of documentation or that demo.

Use the Help browser to find and view documentation and demos for all installed MathWorks products. To use documentation and demos for only some of the installed products, see “Specifying Which Documentation to

Display”.

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Types of Information in the Help Browser

Icon Type

Getting

Started guide

User guide

Reference page for block

Reference page for function

Examples

Description

Introduction and overview of a topic. Intended for first time use or a quick reminder of basics.

Details and advanced topics about a tool or product.

Detailed description of a block, and links to related topics.

Syntax, description, short examples, and links to related topics.

Runnable code examples and tutorials in the documentation.

Getting Help

Icon Type

Demos

Description

Runnable code, models, and video demonstrations of product features.

Release Notes New features, compatibility considerations, and bug reports for recent versions of products.

Searching for Documentation and Demos

Use the Help browser to find documentation and demos that contain your search terms:

1

In the Help browser Search field, enter the words you want to look for.

Search finds sections containing all the words, unless you use any of the syntax options described in the following table.

Option

Exact phrase

Wildcards for partial word searching

Some of the words

Exclude words

Syntax

" " around phrase

(quotation marks)

* in place of characters

OR between words

NOT before excluded word

Example

"word1 word2" word* word1 OR word2 word1 NOT word2

For example, enter plot tool* label

.

2

Press Enter.

The Search Results pane lists matching sections. An icon indicates the

type of information

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3

Arrange results:

The default sort order is by relevance. Change the order by clicking the column header for Type or Product.

For results sorted by Type or Product, you can collapse and expand results for a type or product group. To expand or collapse all groups, right-click in the Search Results pane, and select the option you want from the context menu.

For example, to focus on introductory material:

a

Click the Type column header.

b

Right-click and select Collapse All.

c

expand the Getting Started group.

4

Select a result to view the page.

Getting Help

The Help browser highlights the search words in the display pane. To clear highlights, select Refresh from the Actions button .

To see where the result is within the contents, use the navigation bar at the top of the page.

Or click the Contents tab.

5

The default presentation includes previews of text for each result found. To show more results in the Help Navigator, you can hide the previews:

Right-click in the Help Navigator and select Hide Previews from the context menu.

The Help Navigator only displays section titles and icons for them.

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To see the previews again, right-click in the Help Navigator and select

Show Previews

The following illustration shows the effect of hiding text previews and the context menu item for restoring them.

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For more search options, see “Searching the Documentation” in the User

Guide.

Getting Help

Browsing for Documentation and Demos

You can find information by looking through a hierarchical view of documentation and demos in the Help browser:

1

In the Help browser, click the Contents tab.

2

View the types of information available for a product by expanding the product in the Contents listing. For example, expand

MATLAB

.

3

View available items within an information type by expanding it. For example, within

MATLAB

, expand

Demos

, and then expand

Graphics

.

Expand one item by clicking +. Or select the item and press the right arrow key.

Expand all items within the selected item by pressing the * key on the numeric keypad.

4

To view an item in the display pane, select it. For example, within

MATLAB

> Demos > Graphics

, select

Square Wave from Sine Waves

.

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5

To close all the topics in the Contents pane at one time, right-click any one of them and select Collapse All from the context menu.

Running Demos and Code in Examples

From the Help browser, you can execute product demos, and code contained in examples in the documentation.

Before you run demos or code in documentation examples, review the

workspace to avoid potential name conflicts. See “Review the Workspace

Before Running Demos and Code in Examples” on page 7-17

Getting Help

If you want to run code that is in a demo, the demo must be the type of demo that executes MATLAB code, called an M-file demo. For instructions to run

a complete demo, see “Running an M-File Demo” on page 7-17. You can

also run selected code in a demo; for instructions, see “Running Code in the

Documentation or a Demo” on page 7-18.

When you view documentation in the Help browser, if an example contains

code, you can execute the code. For instructions, see “Running Code in the

Documentation or a Demo” on page 7-18.

Review the Workspace Before Running Demos and Code in

Examples

M-file demos and code in examples run as scripts. Scripts store variables in the base workspace. There could be name conflicts if variables that you already have in the base workspace use the same name as variables that the demo or example code creates. For example, a demo could overwrite your data.

Before you run a demo or code in an example, review the base workspace variables and address any potential name conflicts. For example, if your data is important, save it to a MAT-file before running the demo or example code.

Running an M-File Demo

For an M-file demo displayed in the Help browser:

1

Click Open

filename

in Editor. For example, with the

MATLAB > Demos

> Graphics > Square from Sine Waves demo displayed, click Open

xfourier.m in the Editor.

xfourier.m

is the name of the demo file.

2

With the file open in the Editor, click Run .

The following figure illustrates the results of running the

MATLAB > Demos >

Graphics > Square Wave from Sine Waves demo.

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Running Code in the Documentation or a Demo

When a documentation page or demo displayed in the Help browser contains code, you can select some or all of the code and run it:

1

Prepare variables the code uses, if needed to run a selection of code.

2

Select the code.

3

Right-click and select Evaluate Selection.

To view the contents of a variable, right-click the variable and select Open

Selection.

Code in the documentation includes small fragments, as well as complete executable example files. The documentation example files are in

matlabroot/help/.../examples for each product. The files in examples are not on the search path. When the documentation instructs you to run an example file, first make the file accessible to MATLAB in one of these ways:

Getting Help

Change the current folder to the folder containing the example file.

Add to the search path the folder containing the example file.

Copy the example file to another location that MATLAB can access.

For More Information There are additional options for getting help. See

“Getting Help and Product Information”.

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Workspace Browser and Variable Editor

In this section...

“Workspace Browser” on page 7-20

“Variable Editor” on page 7-21

Workspace Browser

The MATLAB workspace consists of the set of variables built up during a

MATLAB session and stored in memory. You add variables to the workspace by using functions, running function and script files, and loading saved workspaces.

To view the workspace and information about each variable, use the

Workspace browser, or use the functions who and whos

.

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To delete variables from the workspace, select the variables, and then select

Edit > Delete. Alternatively, use the clearvars or clear functions.

The workspace does not persist after you end the MATLAB session. To save the workspace to a file that can be read during a later MATLAB session, select

Workspace Browser and Variable Editor

File > Save, or use the save function. Saving preserves the workspace in a binary file called a MAT-file, which has a

.mat

extension. You can use options to save to different formats. To read in a MAT-file, select File > Import

Data, or use the load function.

For More Information See “MATLAB Workspace” in the MATLAB Desktop

Tools and Development Environment documentation and the reference pages for the who

, clear

, save

, and load functions.

Variable Editor

Double-click a variable in the Workspace browser, or use openvar

variablename

, to see it in the Variable Editor. Use the Variable Editor to view and edit a visual representation of variables in the workspace.

View and change values of elements.

Arrange the display of documents in the Variable Editor.

View the class and size.

Use the document bar to view other variables you have open in the Variable Editor.

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For More Information See “Viewing and Editing Workspace Variables with the Variable Editor” in the MATLAB Desktop Tools and Development

Environment documentation and the reference page for the openvar function.

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Managing Files in MATLAB ®

Managing Files in MATLAB

In this section...

“How MATLAB Helps You Manage Files” on page 7-23

“Making Files Accessible to MATLAB” on page 7-23

“Using the Current Folder Browser to Manage Files” on page 7-24

“More Ways to Manage Files” on page 7-26

How MATLAB Helps You Manage Files

MATLAB provides tools and functions to help you:

Find a file you want to view, change, or run

Organize your files

Ensure MATLAB can access a file so you can run or load it

Making Files Accessible to MATLAB

MATLAB limits where it looks for files so it can locate them more quickly.

To run or get help for a MATLAB program file, or to load a MAT-file, the file must be in one of these locations:

MATLAB current folder

A folder that is on the MATLAB search path

Similarly, files called by files you run also must be in one of these locations.

Special cases are:

Private, class, and package folders

When there are multiple files with the same name accessible to MATLAB

By default, files provided with MathWorks products are in folders on the search path. You do not have to do anything for MATLAB to access the files. These files are in

matlabroot/toolbox

. To determine the location of

matlabroot

, run the matlabroot function.

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By default, the search path also includes a folder named

MATLAB where you can store files that you and other users create. To determine the location of the

MATLAB folder, run the userpath function.

To access files in any other location, either:

Make the folder containing the files be the current folder

Add the folders containing the files to the search path.

Note Do not store files under

matlabroot/toolbox

, or you could experience problems.

Using the Current Folder Browser to Manage Files

The Current Folder browser is a key tool for managing files.

Open the Current Folder browser by selecting Desktop > Current Folder from the MATLAB desktop.

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Managing Files in MATLAB ®

Use the Current Folder browser to:

See the contents of the current folder.

View and change the current folder using the address bar.

Find files and folders using the search tool

.

Arrange information about files and folders using the View menu.

Change files and folders, such as renaming or moving them.

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Run, open, get help for, and perform other actions on the selected file or folder by right-clicking and using the context menu.

More Ways to Manage Files

Change the search path using the Set Path dialog box. To open it, select

File > Set Path.

Find files and content within files across multiple folders using the Find

Files tool. To open the tool, select Edit > Find Files.

View and change the current folder using the Current Folder field in the desktop toolbar.

Manage files programmatically using functions. See the function category,

“Managing Files”.

For More Information See “Managing Files in MATLAB” in the MATLAB

Desktop Tools and Development Environment documentation

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Finding and Getting Files Created by Other Users — File Exchange

Finding and Getting Files Created by Other Users — File

Exchange

Use files created by other MATLAB users to save you time and provide you with new ideas for your own work.

Users who want to share their files submit them to the File Exchange repository at the MathWorks Web site.

You can then:

Access the repository using the File Exchange desktop tool.

Log in using your MathWorks Account.

Use the tool to find, view details about, and download files to use.

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For an overview, watch this video: Accessing the File Exchange from the

MATLAB Desktop.

For More Information See “File Exchange — Finding and Getting Files

Created by Other Users” in the MATLAB Desktop Tools and Development

Environment documentation.

Editor

In this section...

“Editing MATLAB Code Files” on page 7-29

“Identifying Problems and Areas for Improvement” on page 7-31

“Publishing MATLAB Code Files” on page 7-34

Editing MATLAB Code Files

Use the Editor to create and debug programs you write for running MATLAB functions. The Editor provides a graphical user interface for text editing and debugging MATLAB code. To create or edit a file use File > New or

File > Open, or use the edit function.

Editor

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Comment selected lines and specify indenting style using the Text menu.

Set breakpoints for debugging.

Use code analysis to find problems and areas fo improvement in your code

Find and replace text.

Arrange the display of documents in Editor.

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Use the document bar to access other documents open in the Editor.

Hold the cursor over a variable to see its current value in a tool tip.

You can use any text editor to create files, such as Emacs. Use

Editor/Debugger preferences (accessible from the desktop by selecting

File > Preferences > Editor/Debugger) to specify your default editor. If you use another editor, you still can use the MATLAB Editor for debugging, or you can use debugging functions, such as dbstop

, which sets a breakpoint.

If you just need to view the contents of a file, display the contents in the

Command Window using the type function.

Use code analysis to help you identify problems and potential improvements

in your code. For details, see “Improving and Tuning Your MATLAB

Programs” on page 7-38.

You can evaluate your code in sections (called code cells). Also, you can publish your code, including results, to popular output formats like HTML.

For more information, see “Using Code Cells for Rapid Code Iteration and Publishing Results” in the MATLAB Desktop Tools and Development

Environment documentation.

For More Information See “Editing and Debugging MATLAB Code”, the function reference pages for edit

, type

, and the list of “Debugging Functions” functions.

Identifying Problems and Areas for Improvement

Use code analysis to help you write correct and efficient MATLAB code. Code analysis:

Identifies areas for improvement by underlining code in orange

Identifies errors by underlining code in red

Provides short messages, called M-Lint messages, to describe all suspected trouble spots

Provides extended M-Lint messages for many suspected trouble spots

Provides automated fixes for many trouble spots

The following images show code with two messages at line 24. The link in the first message indicates that an extended message is available for that first problem. To have MATLAB fix a problem for you, click the Fix button.

Editor

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When you click a message link, the message extends and provides a detailed explanation, a suggested action, and sometimes a link to the documentation.

Editor

For More Information See “Checking for Coding Problems”.

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Publishing MATLAB Code Files

While or after you create a MATLAB code file, you can use the Editor’s Cell

> Insert Text Markup menu options to specify the formatting you want for publishing the file to various output types. For example, you might want to publish a file to present at a meeting, include in a blog, or share with colleagues.

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Create document and section titles.

Specify the text format.

Insert an image.

Format lists.

After adding text markup, click the Publish button on the Editor toolbar.

By default, MATLAB software generates formatted HTML output and presents the document in the MATLAB Web Browser.

Editor

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You can publish MATLAB code files to HTML, XML, LaTeX, and PDF. If your system is a personal computer (PC), you also can publish files to Microsoft

Word and PowerPoint ® .

For More Information See “Publishing MATLAB Code Files” in the

MATLAB Desktop Tools and Development Environment documentation, and the publish reference page.

Editor

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Improving and Tuning Your MATLAB Programs

In this section...

“Finding Errors Using the Code Analyzer Report” on page 7-38

“Improving Performance Using the Profiler” on page 7-40

Finding Errors Using the Code Analyzer Report

The Code Analyzer Report displays potential errors and problems, as well as opportunities for improvement in your MATLAB programs.

Access the Code Analyzer Report from the Current Folder browser. From the

Actions button , select Reports.

You run a report for all files in the current folder.

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Improving and Tuning Your MATLAB ® Programs

The Code Analyzer Report displays a message, sometimes called an M-Lint message, for each line of MATLAB code it determines might be improved. For example, a common message is that a variable is defined but never used.

The report displays a line number and message for each potential problem or improvement opportunity

To open the file in the Editor at the line indicated, click the line number.

Alternatively, you can use automatic checking to view messages while you work on a file in the Editor. You can also use the mlint function to get results for a single file.

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For More Information See “Tuning and Managing MATLAB Code Files” and “Checking for Coding Problems” in the MATLAB Desktop Tools and

Development Environment documentation, and the reference page for the mlint function.

Improving Performance Using the Profiler

The MATLAB Profiler helps you improve the performance of your MATLAB programs. Run a MATLAB statement or an program file in the Profiler and it produces a report of where the time is being spent. Access the Profiler from the Desktop menu, or use the profile function.

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For More Information See “Tuning and Managing MATLAB Code Files” in the MATLAB Desktop Tools and Development Environment documentation, and the reference page for the profile function.

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External Interfaces

Use MATLAB External Interfaces to connect MATLAB to programs, devices and data. Application developers use external interfaces to integrate

MATLAB functionality with their applications. External interfaces also facilitate data collection, such as from peripheral devices like an oscilloscope or a remote network server.

“Programming Interfaces” on page 8-2

“Interface to .NET Framework” on page 8-4

“Component Object Model Interface” on page 8-5

“Web Services” on page 8-6

“Serial Port Interface” on page 8-7

8

External Interfaces

Programming Interfaces

In this section...

“Call MATLAB Software from C/C++ and Fortran Programs” on page 8-2

“Call C/C++ and Fortran Programs from MATLAB Command Line” on page 8-2

“Call Sun Java Commands from MATLAB Command Line” on page 8-3

“Call Functions in Shared Libraries” on page 8-3

“Import and Export Data” on page 8-3

Call MATLAB Software from C/C++ and Fortran

Programs

Use the MATLAB engine library to call MATLAB from C/C++ and Fortran programs. When you call MATLAB from your own programs, MATLAB acts as a computation engine. For example, you can:

Use MATLAB as a programmable mathematical subroutine library.

Build an application with a front end (GUI) programmed in C/C++ and a back end (analysis) programmed in MATLAB.

Call C/C++ and Fortran Programs from MATLAB

Command Line

Use MEX-files to call your own C/C++ or Fortran subroutines from the

MATLAB command line as if they were built-in functions. For example, you can:

Call preexisting C/C++ and Fortran programs from MATLAB without having to rewrite them as MATLAB functions.

Code bottleneck computations that do not run fast enough in MATLAB in C/C++ or Fortran for efficiency.

The mxArray access library creates and manipulates MATLAB arrays. The mex library performs operations in the MATLAB environment.

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Programming Interfaces

Call Sun Java Commands from MATLAB Command

Line

Every installation of MATLAB software includes Java Virtual Machine

(JVM™) software. The JVM software allows you to use the MATLAB interpreter with Java commands and to create and access Java objects. For example, you can:

Access Java API class packages that support I/O and networking.

Access third-party Java classes.

Construct Java objects in MATLAB.

Call Java methods, using either Java or MATLAB syntax.

Pass data between MATLAB variables and Java objects.

Call Functions in Shared Libraries

Use the MATLAB interface to shared libraries to interact with functions in a dynamic link library (

.dll

) on Microsoft Windows platforms, a shared object file (

.so

) on UNIX and Linux ® platforms, or a dynamic shared library

(

.dylib

) on Apple Macintosh platforms based on Intel ® technology.

MATLAB supports any shared library written in C, or in any language that can provide a C interface.

Import and Export Data

MAT-files and the MAT-file access library provide a convenient mechanism for moving MATLAB binary data between platforms, and for importing and exporting data to stand-alone MATLAB applications.

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External Interfaces

Interface to .NET Framework

MATLAB provides an interface to the Microsoft .NET Framework which lets you leverage the capabilities of programming in .NET on the Microsoft

Windows platform.

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Component Object Model Interface

Component Object Model Interface

With Microsoft COM (Component Object Model) tools and technologies, you can integrate application-specific components from different vendors into your own applications. With COM, MATLAB software can include Microsoft ®

ActiveX

® controls or OLE server processes, or you can configure MATLAB as a computational server controlled by your client application programs.

For example, you can:

Include ActiveX

® components, like a calendar, in your MATLAB program.

Access existing applications that expose objects via Automation, like

Microsoft Excel.

Access MATLAB as an Automation server from an application written in

Microsoft ® Visual Basic

® or C programming languages.

COM support in MATLAB is only available on the Microsoft Windows platform.

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Web Services

Web services are XML-based technologies for making remote procedure calls over a network. They enable communication between applications running on disparate operating systems and development platforms. Web service technologies available in the MATLAB software are:

Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)

Web Services Description Language (WSDL)

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Serial Port Interface

Serial Port Interface

The MATLAB serial port interface provides direct access to peripheral devices that you connect to your computer’s serial port, such as modems, printers, and scientific instruments. For example, you can perform the following tasks:

Configure serial port communications.

Use serial port control pins.

Write and read data.

Use events and callbacks.

Record information to disk.

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Index

Index

Symbols and Numerics

: operator 2-8

2-D scatter plots getting started 5-14

3-D scatter plots getting started 5-16

A

algorithms vectorizing 4-31

annotating plots 3-23

ans function 2-5

application program interface (API) 1-4

array operators 2-24 arrays and matrices 2-24

cell 4-11

character 4-13

columnwise organization 2-26

creating in M-files 2-17

deleting rows and columns 2-19

elements 2-12

generating with functions and operators 2-16

listing contents 2-11

loading from external data files 2-17

multidimensional 4-9

notation for elements 2-12

preallocating 4-32

structure 4-16

variable names 2-11

arrow keys for editing commands 2-32

aspect ratio of axes 3-66 axes managing 3-66

axis visibility 3-67 labels 3-67 titles 3-67

axis function 3-66

B

bit map 3-81

break function 4-7

browser

Help 7-9

built-in functions defined 2-14

C

callbacks 6-7

case function 4-4

catch function 4-7

cell arrays 4-11

char function 4-15

character arrays 4-13

characteristic polynomial 2-23

coefficient of determination described 5-16

colon operator 2-8

colormap 3-74

colors lines for plotting 3-58

Command History 7-6

command line editing 2-32

Command Window 7-5

complex numbers 2-12

plotting 3-61

concatenation defined 2-18

of strings 4-14

constants special 2-14

continue function 4-6

continuing statements on multiple lines 2-32 control keys for editing commands 2-32

correlation coefficient example using corrcoef

5-16

covariance

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example using cov

5-15

current folder 7-23

Current Folder browser 7-24

D

data analysis getting started 5-1

data source for graphs 3-38

debugging MATLAB code files 7-29

deleting array elements 2-19

demos 7-7

running from the Start button 7-3

searching for 7-11

desktop for MATLAB 1-7

tools 7-1

determinant of matrix 2-21

diag function 2-5

distribution modeling getting started 5-11

documentation 7-7

searching 7-11

E

editing command lines 2-32

Editor 7-29 7-34

eigenvalue 2-22 eigenvector 2-22

elements of arrays 2-12

entering matrices 2-4

eval function 4-28

examples 7-7

executing MATLAB 1-7

exiting MATLAB 1-8

exporting graphs 3-52

expressions evaluating 4-28

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examples 2-15

using in MATLAB 2-11

F

figure function 3-63

figure tools 3-7

figure windows 3-63

with multiple plots 3-64

figures adding and removing graphs 3-4

files debugging 7-29 editing 7-29

managing 7-23

publishing 7-34

filtering data getting started 5-6

find function 2-28

finding object handles 3-92

fliplr function 2-7

floating-point numbers 2-12

flow control 4-2

folders managing 7-23

for loop 4-5

format of output display 2-30 format function 2-30

function files 4-20

function functions 4-29

function handles defined 4-28

using 4-30

function keyword 4-23

function of two variables 3-72

function program files naming 4-22

functions built-in, defined 2-14

Index

defined 4-22

how to find 2-13

running 7-5

variable number of arguments 4-23

G

global variables 4-26

graphical user interface creating 6-1

laying out 6-3

programming 6-7

graphics files 3-83

Handle Graphics 3-85

objects 3-86

printing 3-82

grids 3-67

GUIDE 6-1

H

Handle Graphics 3-85

defined 1-3

finding handles 3-92

Help browser 7-7 7-9

searching 7-11

help functions 7-7

highlighted search words 7-13

hold function 3-62

I

if function 4-2

images 3-80

imaginary numbers 2-12

K

keys for editing in Command Window 2-32

L

legend adding to plot 3-57 legend function 3-57

library mathematical function 1-3

lighting 3-76

limits axes 3-66

line continuation 2-32

line styles of plots 3-58

linear regression getting started 5-28

load function 2-17 loading arrays 2-17

local variables 4-23

log of functions used 7-6

logical vectors 2-27

M

M-files for creating arrays 2-17

magic function 2-9

magic square 2-5

markers 3-59

MAT-file 3-80

mathematical functions library 1-3

listing advanced 2-13 listing elementary 2-13 listing matrix 2-13

MATLAB application program interface 1-4

desktop 1-7 executing 1-7

exiting 1-8

history 1-2

language 1-3 mathematical function library 1-3

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overview 1-2

quitting 1-8

running 1-7

shutting down 1-8

starting 1-7

matrices 2-20

creating 2-16

entering 2-4

matrix 2-2

antidiagonal 2-7

determinant 2-21

main diagonal 2-6

multiplication 2-21 singular 2-21

swapping columns 2-10

symmetric 2-20

transpose 2-5

measures of location getting started 5-10

measures of scale getting started 5-11

mesh plot 3-72

missing data getting started 5-3

modeling data getting started 5-27

multidimensional arrays 4-9

multiple data sets plotting 3-57

multiple plots per figure 3-64

multivariate data organizing 2-26

N

numbers 2-12 complex 2-12 floating-point 2-12

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O

object oriented programming 4-33

object properties 3-88

objects finding handles 3-92

graphics 3-86

online help 7-7

operators 2-13

colon 2-8

outliers getting started 5-4

output controlling format 2-30

suppressing 2-31

overlaying plots 3-62

P

path. See search path

periodogram 5-30

plot edit mode description 3-23

plot function 3-56

Plot Selector tool

plots

introduction to 3-15

editing 3-23

plotting adding legend 3-57

adding plots 3-62

basic 3-56

complex data 3-61 complex numbers 3-61

contours 3-62

editing 3-23

functions 3-56

line colors 3-58 line styles 3-58

lines and markers 3-59

mesh and surface 3-72

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multiple data sets 3-57

multiple plots 3-64

overview 3-2

tools 3-10

polynomial regression getting started 5-27

PostScript 3-83

preallocation 4-32

preprocessing data getting started 5-3

present working directory. See current folder

presentation graphics 3-43

principal components 5-17

print function 3-82

print preview using 3-48 printing example 3-48

graphics 3-82

Profiler 7-40

program files creating 4-20 function 4-20 scripts 4-20

Property Editor interface 3-28

Property Inspector 3-25 using 3-25

publishing code files 7-34

Q

quitting MATLAB 1-8

R

reference pages 7-10

release notes 7-11

return

running

function 4-8

functions 7-5

MATLAB 1-7

S

scalar expansion 2-27

scatter plot arrays getting started 5-18

scientific notation 2-12

script files 4-20

scripts 4-21

search path 7-23

searching

Help browser 7-11

semicolon to suppress output 2-31

shutting down MATLAB 1-8

singular matrix 2-21

smoothing data getting started 5-6

special constants infinity 2-14 not-a-number 2-14

specialized graphs 3-63

Start button 7-3

starting MATLAB 1-7

statements continuing on multiple lines 2-32

executing 4-28

strings concatenating 4-14

structures 4-16

subplot function 3-64

subscripting with logical vectors 2-27

subscripts 2-7

sum function 2-5

summarizing data getting started 5-10

suppressing output 2-31

surface plot 3-72

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switch function 4-4

symmetric matrix 2-20

T

text entering in MATLAB 4-13

TIFF 3-83

title figure 3-67

toolboxes 1-2

tools in the desktop 7-1

transpose

try

function 2-5

function 4-7

U

userpath

7-23

V

Variable Editor 7-21

variables 2-11

global 4-26

local 4-23

vectorization 4-31

vectors 2-2

logical 2-27

preallocating 4-32

visibility of axes 3-67

visualizing data getting started 5-14

W

while loop 4-5

windows in MATLAB 1-7

windows for plotting 3-63

wireframe surface 3-72

working directory. See current folder

workspace 7-20

Workspace browser 7-20

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