convert number in a matrix to a scalar

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Hello everyone I have matrix "values" and I need to sum all of it's element so I use sumOFvalues= sum(values(:)); the sumOFvalues is a matrix and I need to convert it into a scalar so I can addit with any number independent of the size. does any one know how to do this ?
thanks
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Stephen23
Stephen23 on 12 Jun 2018
@Reema Alhassan: numeric data types do not store any formatting information. How any numeric looks is irrelevant to how it is stored in memory. Converting your scalar numeric to a char vector is not likely to help you.

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 12 Jun 2018
The bug is your line
sumOfValues=sprintf('%f', sumOfValues);
sprintf() formats numeric values as character vectors and returns the character vector. The output of the sprintf() is not a number: it is a character vector. In your case it happens to be a character vector containing 15 characters, '10765655.982710', which is the vector ['1' '0' '7' '6' etc] .
You are then writing over your original numeric value with that character vector.
What was your intent in using sprintf() at that point in your code?
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Ameer Hamza
Ameer Hamza on 12 Jun 2018
What you are doing is correct, it should return a scalar value. For example
values = randi(5, 3, 3)
values =
2 4 1
4 1 1
1 2 5
sumOfValues = sum(values(:))
sumOfValues =
21
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Jan
Jan on 12 Jun 2018
Edited: Jan on 12 Jun 2018
@Reema Alhassan: It sounds like a misunderstanding. 1x1 matrices are scalars in Matlab. There is no difference:
a = 5
size(a)
% [1 1]

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