# delete element from vector

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Majid Al-Sirafi on 24 Sep 2012
Edited: Abdul samad on 4 Aug 2023
Hi everyone
how can I delete element from vector .... for example
a=[1,2,3,4,5]
how can I delete 3 from above vector to be
a=[1,2,4,5]
thank you
majid
Rosie on 5 Jul 2017
Edited: Walter Roberson on 5 Jul 2017
Hi majed
You can use the follwoing
a(index)=[]
a(3)=[]
the number will delete
Good luck
Hamna Ameer on 29 Sep 2017
Edited: Hamna Ameer on 29 Sep 2017
a(3)=[] how can i directly store this in a new vector say b?

Daniel Shub on 24 Sep 2012
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 9 Nov 2018
I can think of three ways that are all slightly different
a=[1,2,3,4,5];
If you want to get rid of all cases where a is exactly equal to 3
b = a(a~=3);
If you want to delete the third element
b = a;
b(3) = [];
or on a single line
b = a([1:2, 4:end]);
Or, as Jan suggests:
a = [2,3,1,5,4]
a(a == 3) = []
Walter Roberson on 5 Jul 2017
b = a(a >= 2 & a <= 4); %keep 2 to 4
Rik on 31 Mar 2021
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Jan on 24 Sep 2012
Edited: Jan on 24 Sep 2012
a = [1,2,3,4,5]
a(3) = []
Or:
a = [2,3,1,5,4]
a(a == 3) = []
These methods are explained exhaustively in the "Getting Started" chapters of the documentation. It is strongly recommended to read them completely. The forum is not though to explain the fundamental basics. Thanks.
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Joel Bay on 28 Jun 2019
"These methods are explained exhaustively in the "Getting Started" chapters of the documentation."
Wrong, definetely not exhaustively after comparing Daniel's answer and the documentation. Logical indexing is not even mentioned. The answers to this question is still useful in 2019.
irvin rynning on 6 Dec 2021
unfortunately some of us prefer to use Matlab to solve problems in a timely manner, and cannot always engage in stackover-flow style plaudits on criticizing one's peers

masoud sistaninejad on 23 Aug 2021
A = [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7]
A = 1×7
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
B = [1 3 6]
B = 1×3
1 3 6
C = setdiff(A,B)
C = 1×4
2 4 5 7
Andy Rojas on 24 Nov 2021
Thank you!
Emma Fickett on 29 Oct 2022
I've scoured through so many forums trying to remove a vector of values from another vector and setdiff does exactly what I needed, thank you so much!!

Andrei Bobrov on 24 Sep 2012
a = a(abs(a - 3) > eps(100))
Majid Al-Sirafi on 24 Sep 2012
than you very much

Will Reeves on 15 Feb 2022
really crude, but if you wanted to remove a row defined by and index, rather than a value, you could do something like this:
function out=removeRow(in,index)
% removes a row from an matrix
[~,n]=size(in);
if index>n || index<0
error('index needs to be within the range of the data')
else
if n==1
out=[]; % you've removed the last entry
else
% strip out the required entry
if index==1
out=in(2:end);
elseif index==n
out=in(1:end-1);
else
out=in([1:index-1 index+1:n]);
end
end
end

Elias Gule on 1 Dec 2015
% Use logical indexing
a = a(a~=3)
denny on 31 Aug 2017
Ntsakisi Kanyana on 31 Mar 2020
Does it work on strings?

Abdul samad on 4 Aug 2023
Edited: Abdul samad on 4 Aug 2023
Yes , you can delete 3 from the given array by assigning the null matrix, like this .
In the command window do like this.
>> a=[1,2,3,4,5];
>> a(3) = [ ];
>>a
This will delete the 3 from the array a = [1,2,3,4,5];
Thank You