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Find duration of signal

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Marc Elmeua
Marc Elmeua on 9 Sep 2020
Commented: Xavier on 10 Sep 2020
I have a set of signals that due to some unknown error have been acquired with millions of empty datapoints. Is there a way I can automatically detect the moment the signal ends so I can delete everything from that point onwards?
Thanks everyone.


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Marc Elmeua
Marc Elmeua on 9 Sep 2020
Ofcourse, I have modified a bit the original as it was too heavy, but it's the same concept.
Star Strider
Star Strider on 9 Sep 2020
There are no actual ‘missing’ values, just a very low amplitude signal after about element 40:
T1 = readtable('sampledata.csv');
That would appear to be legitimate data.
Xavier on 10 Sep 2020
This depends on how you define legitimate data, if you unplug a probe/sensor from an oscilloscope it will continue to display numbers and a waveform. If you're trying to measure a signal then it is fair to call recorded noise invalid data

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Xavier on 10 Sep 2020
Something like this may work for you
Raw data:
data = readmatrix('sampledata.csv');
avgdat = movmean(abs(data), 5);
threshold = 0.01;
data(avgdat < threshold) = [];


Marc Elmeua
Marc Elmeua on 10 Sep 2020
This worked perfectly!! thanks a lot.
Xavier on 10 Sep 2020
No problem!

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Steven Lord
Steven Lord on 9 Sep 2020
If the empty data points are represented by NaN then find the 'last' 1 element of the vector that isfinite.
x = [1:10 NaN(1, 5)]
find(isfinite(x), 1, 'last')
If the vector has no missing data inside it, you could instead just rmmissing.

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Marc Elmeua
Marc Elmeua on 9 Sep 2020
Thanks for the reply! The missing values aren't really missing in the matlab file. They are missing in the original data collection software but as soon as you retrieve them, they turn into zeros so this code will not work :(
I'm in touch with the developers of the software but they still haven't been able to solve this.

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