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I have a variable x, that is a vector with a variable number of elements. When applying the function
find(x>0), for:
find([-1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1]>0)
ans =
1×0 empty double row vector
find([-1 -1]>0)
ans =
1×0 empty double row vector
find([-1]>0)
ans =
[]
The problem I have is that when x has only one element, and the size of the output is not consistent. For instance, I would like to get an empty with the same size as "1×0 empty double row vector".
Any suggestions?

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 26 Aug 2021
Edited: Walter Roberson on 26 Aug 2021
find([-1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1]>0)
ans = 1×0 empty double row vector
find([-1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1].'>0)
ans = 0×1 empty double column vector
find([-1 -1]>0)
ans = 1×0 empty double row vector
find([-1 -1].'>0)
ans = 0×1 empty double column vector
find([-1]>0)
ans = []
size(ans)
ans = 1×2
0 0
So when there is 1 row, the result has 0 columns. When there is 1 column, the result has 0 rows. When there is 1 row and 1 column (scalar), the result has 0 rows and 0 columns.
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Rub Ron
Rub Ron on 26 Aug 2021
How can I make that when x is a scalar, my the empty output has is 1x0 size?
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 26 Aug 2021
There are no options to find() that can make that behaviour happen. You can, however, do
idx = find([-1]>0);
if isempty(idx); idx = zeros(1,0); end

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Awais Saeed
Awais Saeed on 26 Aug 2021
Edited: Awais Saeed on 26 Aug 2021
This command is for vectors and matrices. find(X > 0) returns the indices of the array X where elements are greater than zero. If none is found, it returns an empty matrix. Now using this command on scalers ( [-1] in your case) does not make any sense.
However, if you want 1×0 empty double row vector then you have to check whether X is a scaler or not. If X is a scaler, then do
X = -1:-2 % this will be an empty vector and will give you 1×0 empty double row vector
Use
isscalar()
yo check if X is a scaler ot not
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Awais Saeed
Awais Saeed on 26 Aug 2021
Edited: Awais Saeed on 26 Aug 2021
No there is not. To get 1x0 empty double row for scaler values, just check if they are scalers or not. If they are, then by doing
j : k % where j > k, will give you 1x0 empty double row vector
Here is how you do it
x = [-1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1]; % check with x = 0; x = -1 etc. as well
if (isscalar(x))
result = x : x - 1
else
result = find(x>0)
end
What Walter Roberson suggested will also work for you.
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 26 Aug 2021
x = [-1]
x = -1
if (isscalar(x))
result = x : x - 1
else
result = find(x>0)
end
result = 1×0 empty double row vector
x = [+1]
x = 1
if (isscalar(x))
result = x : x - 1
else
result = find(x>0)
end
result = 1×0 empty double row vector
x = [-inf]
x = -Inf
if (isscalar(x))
result = x : x - 1
else
result = find(x>0)
end
result = NaN
In that second case, result should not be empty. In the third case, result should be 1x0 not NaN. Your code x:x-1 is presuming an outcome and is using odd operators to try to enforce it.

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