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Topic: numel or length, which is better?
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Re: numel or length, which is better?
Posted: Apr 16, 2013 3:39 PM
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On 4/16/2013 2:16 PM, dpb wrote:
> On 4/16/2013 2:03 PM, Hesham Ismail wrote:

>> length calculate the number of column whereas numel calculate the number
>> of element

> ...
> Not necessarily...


> As noted in earlier response LENGTH() is max(size(x)) for any x whereas
> NUMEL() is prod(size(x))
> If one is interested in rows or columns (and often are) then have to ask
> for the size of the pertinent dimension to be certain....

And to belabor the point but to drive it home...

>> D=rand(2,3,5);
>> length(D)

ans =
>> max(size(D))
ans =
>> size(D)
ans =
2 3 5

I've used utility functions on occasion for nrows and ncols as syntactic
sugar--they're trivial to write, of course--

function nr=nrows(x)
% N = nrows(A) returns the number of rows, N, in array A.


function nc=ncols(x)
% N = ncols(A) returns the number of cols, N, in array A.



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