Why do I lost negative values in cell

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If S={'md' 0 1 2 3 -1} for example with 'md' for missing data and values between -3 and 3 (-3,-2,-1,0,1,2,3).
  • double([S{2:end}]), I obtain [0 1 2 3 -1]. Everything is OK.
  • double([S{1:end}]), I obtain [109 100 0 1 2 3 0]. 109 and 100 for ascii codes of 'md', OK but I lost my negative value -1 (0 instead).
I understand that I mix two types of data (char and signed integers) and that the array concatenation operator [] must choose, but why negative values are impacted ?
Thank you in advance.

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Ameer Hamza
Ameer Hamza on 12 Mar 2020
Edited: Ameer Hamza on 12 Mar 2020
When you run
[S{1:end}]
The MATLAB returns the value as a char array, which is similar to unit16 array. It can only hold values between 0 to 65535. If you input negative values, it is converted to zero, and any positive value above 65535 is converted to 65535. For example
>> double(char(100000))
ans =
65535
>> double(char(-10))
ans =
0

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