In this blog i will try to show you few in build matrix functions present in MATLAB. I will show you how to distribute a range of values in particular step size , see a particular row or column and see the no. of elements present in a matrix/statements.

The statements written in “GREEN” colour are ignored by the compilers and they are present in a code to help the reader/programmer understand it better.

The codes are written in the highlighted section which we type in the command window.

1.There are few standard matrix functions available in MATLAB. In my later post i will show you how to make your own function in MATLAB and use it as you wish. Lets see few standard functions :

(a) “zero” function creates a m*n matrix having all elements as “0” , where m=no. of rows and n=no. of columns.

>> z = zeros(3,3) z = 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

(b)”ones” function creates a m*n matrix having all elements as “1” , where m=no. of rows and n=no. of columns.

>> o = ones(3,3) o = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

(c)”eye” function creates a m*n matrix having all diagonal elements as “1” and rest as zero , where m=no. of rows and n=no. of columns. This type of matrix is called identity matrix.

>> e = eye(3,3) e = 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

(d)”rand” function creates a m*n matrix having all elements created randomly between 0 and 1, where m=no. of rows and n=no. of columns. This type of matrix is called random matrix. Every time we run the code we will get different matrix elements but they will all lie between 0 and 1 only.

>> r=rand(3,3) r = 0.7922 0.0357 0.6787 0.9595 0.8491 0.7577 0.6557 0.9340 0.7431

To get the values in the units of 10 we can use the following tweak: here i will be taking the help of another build in function called** “floor”**. *Suppose my value is 3.4. So, Floor(3.4) will be 3. Similarly floor(3.6) will also be 3*.

You can also use **“ceil”**. *Example ceil(4.2) will be 5.*

>> r = floor(10*rand(3,3)) r = 3 7 0 6 0 0 1 2 8

I multiplied my random matrix by 10 and then took the floor. So now my values will lie in range of 0 and 10.

To get the range between 0 and 100 , multiply by 100.

>> r = floor(100*rand(3,3)) r = 69 3 76 31 43 79 95 38 18

2.There is a way to see a particular column or particular row of a matrix. “: ” symbol represents the entire array of that row or column.

NOTE: a(m,n) represents a matrix “a” having “m” rows and “n” columns.

So,

a(2,3) will mean 2nd rows 3rd columns element.

a(2,:) will mean 2nd rows entire columns elements.

See the example and try yourself to understand better.

>> a=[1 2 3 4 5;6 7 8 9 10;11 12 13 14 15;16 17 18 19 20;21 22 23 24 25] a = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 >> a(1,:) %to see the 1st rows entire column ans = 1 2 3 4 5 >> a(:,1) %to see the 1st columns entire row ans = 1 6 11 16 21 >> a(3,:) %to see the 3rd rows entire column ans = 11 12 13 14 15 >> a(:,3) %to see the 3rd columns entire row ans = 3 8 13 18 23

To see a particular element of a matrix we can use the same procedure. Just replace ” : ” by the value of the row or column.

a = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 >> a(2,3)%to see the 2nd row 3rd column ans = 8 >> a(4,5)%to see the 4th row 5th column ans = 20

3.How to distribute a range in a particular step size ? Just see the code and the output:

```
>> distribute_a_range=1:0.5:4 %DISTRIBUTE A RANGE BETWEEN 1 TO 4 IN STEP SIZE 0.5
distribute_a_range =
1.0000 1.5000 2.0000 2.5000 3.0000 3.5000 4.0000
```

```
>> distribute_a_range=1:1:4 %DISTRIBUTE A RANGE BETWEEN 1 TO 4 IN STEP SIZE 1
distribute_a_range =
1 2 3 4
```

So, the code is formated in this manner:

Name=Initial Value : Step size : Final value.

4. There is a way to see the size of a matrix: The function for it is “size( )”. As input argument to the function we give the name of the matrix/variable. See the code and example below:

```
>> r = rand(3,4) %generated a 3*4 matrix
r =
0.8407 0.2435 0.1966 0.4733
0.2543 0.9293 0.2511 0.3517
0.8143 0.3500 0.6160 0.8308
>> size(r)% input argument to the function is the name of the matrix
ans =
3 4
```

where 3 is the no. of row and 4 is the no. of column.

We can use it to see the no. of characters in a statement. See below:

>> a='see my website regularly' a = see my website regularly >> size(a) ans = 1 24

Here 24 represents the no. of letters/characters used. Note a point that, “space bar” are also regarded as character. Count yourself and see.

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