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Storing Outputs from a Nested Loop

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A M on 30 Jan 2017
Commented: Iddo Weiner on 1 Feb 2017
I have the following problem, wherein, i want to store outputs from the nested loops. I am just presenting a simple scenario to depict the situation:
for a=[1:1:10]
for b=[1:1:10]
c=a*b
end
end
c in this case would store the last value i.e. 100. How to develop an array which stores all the values of c from 1 to 100 as c(1,1)=1, c(1,2)=2 and so on.

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Iddo Weiner
Iddo Weiner on 31 Jan 2017
By initiating an empty array and then filling it with the looping indices:
c = nan(10,10);
for a = 1:10
for b= 1:10
c(a,b)=a*b;
end
end
% visualize c
imagesc(c)

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Jan on 31 Jan 2017
@A M: See
doc numel
Niels
Niels on 31 Jan 2017
Matlab uses (as you should also do) smart shortcuts for its functions and variables, such as numel for Number of Elements
Iddo Weiner
Iddo Weiner on 1 Feb 2017
I think you are supposed to get a 10*10 matrix in the example you posted. Yes, nan() initiates an empty array. You can also use zeros() to initiate a matrix of zeros. BTW - this code works also without the imitation line, i.e.:
for a = 1:10
for b= 1:10
c(a,b)=a*b;
end
end
BUT this is highly un-recommended, because the shape of c changes constantly - which is a very inefficient use of memory. When you pre-allocate then c's shape is constant and the whole code runs much quicker (of course in the example case the array is very small and there won't be a significant difference).
Hope this helps, good luck

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Niels
Niels on 31 Jan 2017
some changes:
aMax=10; % equal to #of rows
bMax=10; % equal to #of colums
c=zeros(aMax,bMax);
for a=1:aMax % let a run from 1 to aMax, stepwidth:=1
for b=1:bMax
c(a,b)=a*b; % hope you know that c is not running fom 1 to 100
end
end
if you want c to cointain to values 1:(aMax*bMax) (100 in current state) change
c(a,b)=(a-1)*aMax+b;

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