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Topic: sorting, ranking
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Re: sorting, ranking
Posted: Aug 21, 2009 12:50 PM
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"Wyatt " <hello@hello.com> wrote in message <h6mh83$j42$1@fred.mathworks.com>...
> Hello All,
>
> I have encountered some weird behavior with matlab when attempting to rank a list of numbers.
>
> lets assume that I generate a vector of random numbers.
>
> K>>A = rand(1,10)*100
>
> A =
>
> Columns 1 through 8
>
> 79.2207 95.9492 65.5741 3.5712 84.9129 93.3993 67.8735 75.7740
>
> Columns 9 through 10
>
> 74.3132 39.2227
>
>
> If I then sort these numbers
>
> K>>[V,I] = sort(A)
>
> V =
>
> Columns 1 through 8
>
> 3.5712 39.2227 65.5741 67.8735 74.3132 75.7740 79.2207 84.9129
>
> Columns 9 through 10
>
> 93.3993 95.9492
>
>
> I =
>
> 4 10 3 7 9 8 1 5 6 2
>
>
> and wish to obtain their ranking
>
> K>>temp = [1:10]
>
> temp =
>
> 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
>
>
> K>> rank = temp(I)
>
> rank =
>
> 4 10 3 7 9 8 1 5 6 2
>
>
> I should get back a permutation of the vector temp in terms of the ordered indices of sorted values from A, instead this code simply returns the I vector
>
> the correct execution of the command rank = temp(I) should return
>
> rank = [7 10 3 1 8 9 4 6 5 2]
>
> Am I missing something here, or mistaken about how matlab should behave in this case? Or is there simply a bug?
>
> thanks


Maybe I'm missing something here.
Why would you expect the above code NOT to return the I vector?
(I get the same result as you do above.)



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