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# Storing values from nested FOR loop (array only saves last run of results)

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adam on 6 Mar 2014
Hi guys, have tried searching but can't find anything to help, maybe my problem is too simple! lol Anyway, I'm running a nested FOR loop, but the array I save my results to only keeps the last "run" of results. Can someone please help me to store/concatenate the results in a single array? EG the resultant array should have 12 rows, not 4. with column one going 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4 and column two going 10,10,10,10,20,20,20,20,30,30,30,30.
Cheers in advance! (first line currently commented out as the last 8 rows stay zero at the minute)
%tableA = zeros(12,2);
for i=1:4
for j=1:3
answerA=i*1
answerB=j*10
tableA(i,:)=[answerA answerB]
end
end
P.S. this isn't the real code I'm using, but a dumbed down version just so I can get the correct syntax to use to apply to the bigger problem! Cheers.

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Kyle on 15 Jul 2015
tableA = zeros(12,2); for j = 1:4
for m = 1:4
for i = 1:4
answerA = i;
answerB = 10;
tableA(i,:) = [answerA answerB];
end
answerA = m;
answerB = 20;
tableA(m+4,:) = [answerA answerB];
end
answerA = j;
answerB = 30;
tableA(j+8,:) = [answerA answerB];
end
There is probably an easier way, but this works.
Aroosh Amjad on 13 Feb 2017
any body can give me exact code for storing values in "ForLoop".? i would be very thankful to you

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### Accepted Answer

Thomas on 6 Mar 2014
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 28 Nov 2018
for i=1:4
for j=1:3
answerA(i,j)=i*1;
answerB(i,j)=j*10;
% tableA(i,:)=[answerA answerB]
end
end
table=[reshape(answerA,[],1) reshape(answerB,[],1)]

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adam on 6 Mar 2014
thanks mate, works a treat!
Adithya Prabhu on 22 Dec 2017
can you please explain how this works?

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### More Answers (4)

dpb on 6 Mar 2014
As this is clearly early learning, let's go with a hint-based approach rather than just throwing out an answer -- might make it more beneficial to discover the answer sorta' on your own...
%tableA = zeros(12,2);
for i=1:4
for j=1:3
answerA=i*1
answerB=j*10
tableA(i,:)=[answerA answerB]
...
1) preallocating is a_good_thing (tm) so bring that back out of retirement but -- first, for ease use a variable for the upper limit on the two loops so you can modify them and easily compute the size of the array needed--
nr=4; % rows
nc=3; % columns
table=zeros(nr,nc); % preallocate
2) NB: that answerA is invariant with j so move it outside the inner loop--no sense doing stuff over and over that is the same answer every time--
for i=1:nr
answerA=i*1; % of course the '*1' isn't needed but it's tutorial, so ok...
3) Now to the nub of your ? --
for j=1:nc
AnswerB=j*10; % NB: this doesn't give what you say you want, either...
table(?,?) = ???
Walk thru the steps and follow what i is each pass -- it should be apparent what the next row index should be; what computation would generate that?
After that, then look at how to get the indices for the two values in the proper columns -- it's a similar idea. Or, of course, instead of building a vector to store two at a time, store the individual i,j elements in their correct location when generate them is more direct.
4) Rethink the whole process and see if you cannot actually compute the whole thing in a vectorized form and eschew the loops entirely. That's "the Matlab way".
Chew on that a while and then come back... :)

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adam on 6 Mar 2014
thanks for the reply, unfortunately I'm not too sure what you're on about lol. The vectorising sounds interesting though - I'll try and do some googling on that if I have time. Cheers

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PANKAJ PANDYA on 3 Oct 2016
Edited: PANKAJ PANDYA on 3 Oct 2016
if true
% i think you would like it
% i liked the question. it really checked my aptitude
table=zeros(12,2);
for k=0:4:8
for i=1:4
for j=1:2
if mod(j,2)==0
table(i+k,j)=i;
else
table(i+k,j)=10*(k/4+1);
end
end
end
end
end
it works fine

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adam on 6 Mar 2014
Hi guys,
the first answer worked great, however I can't use a step size less than 1 (as indices can't be less than 1 right?)
Do I need a different method in order to achieve what the below code is trying to do?
(I just get "??? Attempted to access answerA(1.5,1); index must be a positive integer or logical." error)
for i=1:0.5:4
for j=1:3
answerA(i,j)=i*1;
answerB(i,j)=j*10;
end
end
table=[reshape(answerA,[],1) reshape(answerB,[],1)]
Moving my answerA outside the j loop didn't work either, but that's a minor thing.
Cheers

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adam on 6 Mar 2014
sorry guys, think I've sorted it. Just added an index value as below:
index=0;
for i=1:0.5:4
for j=1:3
index=index+1;
answerA(index)=i*1;
answerB(index)=j*10;
end
end
table=[reshape(answerA,[],1) reshape(answerB,[],1)]
Any thoughts or comments are still greatly appreciated though! Cheers Adam
dpb on 6 Mar 2014
BINGO!!! on that lesson... :)
Note however you still have answerA computed 24 times when it's only needed to be done 8 by not moving the j-invariant portion of the code outside the loop on j

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Sawan Kumar Jindal on 3 Oct 2016
Edited: Sawan Kumar Jindal on 3 Oct 2016
The first thing to do is assign zero value to each location of the matrix and then, use for loops to store the value. You have not initialised the memory for all the locations.
Code ex:
for i=1:4
for j=1:3
answerA(i,j)=i*1;
answerB(i,j)=j*10;
tableA(i,:)=[answerA answerB]
end
end

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