The module "multi2mat" of the Mastrave modelling library


Daniele de Rigo


Copyright and license notice of the function multi2mat



Copyright © 2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011 Daniele de Rigo

The file multi2mat.m is part of Mastrave.

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Function declaration



[ matrix, siz ] = multi2mat( multi_array, dim )




Some functions are defined for matrices but not for multidimensional arrays (md-arrays). multi2mat allows to deal with md-arrays even with those ill-expandable functions which operate column by column. This is done without using explicit loops, which would be interpreted and possibly inefficient loops. Column-wise operations by default apply to the columns of a matrix as if the matrix were a vector of column vectors. This class of functions includes reductions (in the APL sense) such as sum(.), prod(.); and scans (in the APL sense) such as cumsum(.), cumprod(.). The aforementioned basic functions extend to md-arrays, however some user-defined functions may not allow the same. multi2mat converts a k-dimensional array multi_array of size siz :
[ n1 ... n dim ... nk ] into a matrix of size:
[ n dim prod([n1 .. n dim -1 n dim +1 nk]) ] as if multi_array were a collection of vectors having n dim elements each and being stored in the nd-array along its dim dimension.

The function mat2multi can reverse the conversion.

Input arguments



 multi_array       ::numcellstring,!sparse::
                   Numeric multidimensional array, vector, matrix
                   or string, or (multidimensional) cell-array of strings.

 dim               ::scalar_natural_nonzero::
                   Dimension of  multi_array  to which each  matrix 
                   column vector must belong.

Example of usage



   % Basic usage:
   mda     = zeros( 3, 4, 2);
   mda(:)  = 1:numel( mda )

   % 4x2 vectors of 3 elements each
   dim     = 1  
   multi2mat( mda , dim )

   % 3x2 vectors of 4 elements each
   dim     = 2  
   multi2mat( mda , dim )

   % 3x4 vectors of 2 elements each
   dim     = 3  
   multi2mat( mda , dim )

   % Reverse the conversion:
   [ mat , siz ] = multi2mat( mda , dim );
   mat2multi( mat , dim , siz )

   % Scan example using cumsum:
   scan1   = cumsum( mda , dim )
   scan2   = mat2multi( cumsum( mat , 1 ) , dim , siz )
   scan1  == scan2

   % Reduction example using sum:
   red1    = sum( mda , dim )
   red_siz = siz; red_siz( dim ) = 1
   red2    = mat2multi( sum( mat , 1 ) , dim , red_siz )
   red1   == red2

See also:
   mat2multi, mdeal

   multidimensional-array, smart reshape, column-wise

Version: 0.2.5




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Copyright (C) 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Daniele de Rigo

This page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Italy License.

This document is also part of the book:
de Rigo, D. (2012). Semantic Array Programming with Mastrave - Introduction to Semantic Computational Modelling.

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