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How to calculate moving average in a matrix?

Asked by Andrea Finocchiaro on 8 Oct 2015
Latest activity Commented on by Image Analyst
on 7 Apr 2017
Hi Guys, I have got a matrix :378x9. I need to calculate the moving average with a window size of 120(starting from row one). Can somebody help me please? By the way, i need to do it also for the covariance(i mean,"A MOVING COVARIANCE). Thank you very much Andrea


is this a window of 120x9 or are you looking to perform the averaging window per column.
averaging window per column Joseph

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Answer by Image Analyst
on 8 Oct 2015
Edited by Image Analyst
on 8 Oct 2015
 Accepted Answer

Try conv2:
kernel = ones(120,1)/120;
output = conv2(yourSignal, kernel, 'valid');
Since the window does not leave the boundaries of your signal, of course the output signal will not have as many elements as your input signal.

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Thank you very much,your code runs very good! Do you think is possible to do the same also to the same for the covariance? I mean to compute the covariance matrix with a window of 120 months?A kind of "moving" covariance . I need these computation because I am working with portdolio optimization(like Markowitz).

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Answer by Grzegorz Knor on 7 Apr 2017

From MATLAB R2016a there are functions movmean and movvar which do not require additional toolboxes.

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True, and it offers some edge handling options ('shrink', 'discard', 'fill') that conv2() does not have.
conv2() also does not require any toolboxes because it's in base MATLAB.

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