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Topic: sparse matrix operation in V5.x
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H.J. Wang

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Re: sparse matrix operation in V5.x
Posted: Apr 30, 1998 1:19 PM
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> Hello H.J. Wang,
> I tried the following in versions 5.0 and 5.2 on the PC:
> x = rand(12,4);
> y = rand(10,4);
> x(1:3,:) = y(4:6,:);
> Both worked successfully.
> x and y had different numbers of rows, but the lengths of the index
> vectors (in this case 3) were the same in both cases.
> Am I not understanding what you are doing correctly?
> -- Penny.
> ====================================================
> Penny Anderson
> The MathWorks, Inc.
> 24 Prime Park Way Phone: (508) 647-7506
> Natick MA 01760 Fax: (508) 647-7002

Thanks for Penny's prompt reply. Now I know where the problem really
is. It's not in whether the maxtrix is sparse, as I have previously
suspected, but in whether you have sort of "declare" a new matrix in
advance. For example, the following codes work in version 4.x but not

x = sparse(rand(20,4));
y(1:4,:) = x(2:5,:);

In version 5.x, you have to do something like:

x = sparse(rand(20,4));
y = zeros(10,4);
y(1:4, :) = x(2:5,:);

That is, you have to "declare" the matrix y before assigning values.
Compare to my original concern, this seems to be a minor problem and can
be easily fixed. However, I miss version 4.x's functionality in this

H.J. Wang

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