Unexpected zeros error in MATLAB in zeros function

YouTube Comment: This MATLAB program gives me an error.  W=2.4; L=3; Delta=0.6; i=(W./Delta)+2; j=(L./Delta); T=zeros(i,j); . When I write 0.1 for Delta, there is an error for zeros statement.

Answer: When writing a new program, avoid using the semicolon as it suppresses the output. Write each line separately in a .m file and run the mfile. That way you would have noticed that “i” is turning out to be a real number. It shows up as 26.0000 but if you use format long statement, you will see that you get 25.999999999999996. You can round(i) and round(j) to the nearest integer. The reason “i” turns out to be 25.999999999999996 is because of roundoff error, as numbers and calculations get represented in binary format.

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Machine epsilon – Question 2 of 5

In the previous blog post, we answered

Here we answer the next question.

Machine epsilon

Future posts will answer these questions
Question 3 of 5: How is machine epsilon related to the number of bits used to represent a floating point number?
Question 4 of 5: What is the significance of machine epsilon for a student in an introductory course in numerical methods?
Question 5 of 5: What is the proof that the absolute relative true error in representing a number on a machine is always less than the machine epsilon?
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Machine epsilon – Question 1 of 5

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Question  2 of 5: How do I find the machine epsilon using a MATLAB code?Question 3 of 5: How is machine epsilon related to the number of bits used to represent a floating point number?Question 4 of 5: What is the significance of machine epsilon for a student in an introductory course in numerical methods?Question 5 of 5: What is the proof that the absolute relative true error in representing a number on a machine is always less than the machine epsilon?________________________

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Checking if a number is non-negative or not?

Many students ask me how do I do this or that in MATLAB.  This is a new addition to the “How do I do that in MATLAB“  series.
 
In this blog, I show you how to use the if-else-end statement to write a simple program of finding if a number is non-negative or not.
 
Here are the links for the program.
The mfile is here
The published version of the mfile is here
 

%% HOW DO I DO THAT IN MATLAB SERIES?
% In this series, I am answering questions that students have asked
% me about MATLAB.
%% TOPIC
% How do I check if a number is non-negative or negative
%% SUMMARY
% Language : Matlab 2010a;
% Authors : Autar Kaw and Sri Harsha Garapati;
% Mfile available at
% http://numericalmethods.eng.usf.edu/blog/if_else_end_statements_blog.m
% Last Revised : January 23, 2012;
% Abstract: This program shows you how to check if a number is negative or
% non-negative using if-else-end statement in MATLAB
clc
clear all
%% INTRODUCTION

disp(‘ABSTRACT’)
disp(‘   This program shows you how to check if a number is negative or’)
disp(‘   non-negative using if-else-end statement in MATLAB’)
disp(‘ ‘)
disp(‘AUTHOR’)
disp(‘   Autar Kaw and Sri Harsha Garapati of https://autarkaw.wordpress.com’)
disp(‘ ‘)
disp(‘MFILE SOURCE’)
disp(‘   http://numericalmethods.eng.usf.edu/blog/if_else_end_statements_blog.m’)
disp(‘ ‘)
disp(‘LAST REVISED’)
disp(‘   February 13, 2012’)
disp(‘ ‘)

%% INPUTS
 
% Enter the number to be tested
a=4;
%% DISPLAYING INPUTS
disp(‘  ‘)
disp(‘INPUTS’)

% Printing the input number
fprintf(‘The input number to be tested is %g\n’,a)
%% CODE AND DISPLAYING OUTPUT
disp(‘  ‘)
disp(‘OUTPUTS’)

% using the if-else-end statement to check
if (a>=0)
    disp(‘The number is nonnegative’)
else
    disp(‘The number is negative’)
end

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Printer cuts off MATLAB code and text

When you print MATLAB code or the published form of the code, you may find the code or the comments getting cut off.  The solution to these problems is given at several places in MATLAB blogs and documentation.  In this blog, I have summarized what to do as the issues of code getting cut off falls into three categories
 

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Differentiating a Discrete Function with Equidistant Points

Many students ask me how do I do this or that in MATLAB.  This is a new addition to the “How do I do that in MATLAB”  series.
 
In this blog, I show you how to find the first derivative of a discrete function y(x).  We are assuming that the x values are eqidistant and the data is sorted in ascending or descending order by the x values.  The latter requirement can be relaxed easily in programs such as MATLAB where one can use the sortrows command to put the data in the required order.
 
To keep the accuracy of all calculated first derivatives to be the same, we use the following formulas:
 
For the first data point, we use the forward divided difference formula
        f ‘(x) =(-f(x+2h) + 4 f(x+h) -3 f(x))/(2h)+order(h^2)
 
For the interior points, we use the central divided difference formula
       f ‘(x) =(f(x+h) -f(x-h))/(2h)+order(h^2)
 
For the last data point, we use the backward divided difference formula
       f ‘(x) =(f(x-2h) – 4 f(x-h) +3 f(x))/(2h)+order(h^2)
 
Here are the links for the program.
The mfile is here
The published version of the mfile is here

%% HOW DO I DO THAT IN MATLAB SERIES?
% In this series, I am answering questions that students have asked
% me about MATLAB.  Most of the questions relate to a mathematical
% procedure.

%% TOPIC
% How do I find the first derivative of a discrete function y(x) if the
% x values are equidistant.
%% SUMMARY
% Language : Matlab 2010a;
% Authors : Autar Kaw and Sri Garapati;
% Mfile available at
% http://numericalmethods.eng.usf.edu/blog/discrete_diff_equidistant_blog.m
% Last Revised : January 17, 2012;
% Abstract: This program shows you how to differentiate discrete data if
% the x values are equally spaced
clc
clear all

%% INTRODUCTION

disp(‘ABSTRACT’)
disp(‘   This program shows you how to differentiate discrete data if’)
disp(‘   the x values are equally spaced ‘)

disp(‘ ‘)
disp(‘AUTHOR’)
disp(‘   Autar Kaw and Sri Garapati of https://autarkaw.wordpress.com’)
disp(‘ ‘)
disp(‘MFILE SOURCE’)
disp(‘   http://numericalmethods.eng.usf.edu/blog/discrete_diff_equidistant_blog.m’)
disp(‘ ‘)
disp(‘LAST REVISED’)
disp(‘   January 17, 2012’)
disp(‘ ‘)

%% INPUTS

% Inputs assuming
%    that three or more points are given
%    all x values are equidistant
%    x values are in ascending or descending order.
x=[2.3   3.4   4.5    5.6   6.7   7.8];
y=[4.6   7.9   13.0   12.3  3.2   1.9];
%% DISPLAYING INPUTS
disp(‘  ‘)
disp(‘INPUTS’)
% Creating a matrix to print input data as a table
data=[x;y]’;
disp(‘   X Data     Y Data’)
% Printing the input data as a table
disp(data)

%% THE CODE

% n returns the number of data points
n=length(x);
% delta is the distance between consecutive x values
delta=x(2)-x(1);

% “dy” is an array which stores the value of the derivative at each x-value

% finding the derivative from the 2nd order accurate forward divided
% difference formula at the first data point
dy(1)=(-y(3)+4*y(2)-3*y(1))/(2*delta);

% finding the derivative from the 2nd order accurate central divided
% difference formula at the second to (n-1)th data point
for i=2:1:n-1
    dy(i)=(y(i+1)-y(i-1))/(2*delta);
end

% finding the derivative from the 2nd order accurate backward divided
% difference formula at the first data point
dy(n)=(y(n-2)-4*y(n-1)+3*y(n))/(2*delta);

% creating a matrix with input data and calculated derivative value at
% each data point for printing as a table
xdy=[x’ y’ dy’];

%% DISPLAYING OUTPUTS
disp(‘  ‘)
disp(‘OUTPUTS’)
disp(‘     XData   YData  Derivative’)
% printing the input data points and calculated derivative values(Outputs)
disp(xdy)
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Reading an excel file in MATLAB

Recently I taught a volunteer class to professional engineers on MATLAB.  Two of the most requested items of interest were
1. How do I read an excel file?
2. How do I do curve fitting?

We address the first question here.  It is easy to read an excel file with the xlsread command but what do you with it once the file has been assigned.  So we took a simple example of an excel spreadsheet where the first column consists of a student number and the second column has the examination scores of the students.  You are asked to find the highest score.

The MATLAB program link is here.
The HTML version of the MATLAB program is here.
The Excel file used in the MATLAB program is here

It is better to download (right click and save target) the program as single quotes in the pasted version do not translate properly when pasted into a mfile editor of MATLAB or you can read the html version for clarity and sample output.

%% READING AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET IN MATLAB
% Language : Matlab 2008a
% Authors : Autar Kaw
% Last Revised : December 12, 2010
% Abstract: This program shows you how to read an excel file in MATLAB
% The example has student numbers in first column and their score in the
% second column
clc
clear all
disp(‘This program shows how to read an excel file in MATLAB’)
disp(‘Matlab 2008a’)
disp(‘Authors : Autar Kaw’)
disp(‘Last Revised : December 12, 2010’)
disp(‘http://numericalmethods.eng.usf.edu’)
disp(‘  ‘)

%% INPUTS
% We have two column data and it has headers in the first row.
% That is why we read the data from A2 to B32.
A=xlsread(‘c:\users\grades.xls’,’A2:B32′);
disp (‘The data read from the excel spreadsheet is’)
disp(A)
disp(‘  ‘)
%% SOLUTION
% Finding the number of rows and columns
sizem=size(A);
rows_A=sizem(1);
cols_A=sizem(2);
% Assigning the scores to a vector called score
for i=1:1:rows_A
    score(i)=A(i,2);
end
% Using the max command to find the maximum score
% HW: Write your own function “max”
maxscore=max(score);
% Finding which student got the highest score
for i=1:1:rows_A
   if score(i)==maxscore
       student_no=i;
       break;
   end
 % HW: What if more than one student scored the highest grade??
end
%% OUTPUT
disp(‘  ‘)
disp (‘OUTPUT’)
fprintf(‘Student Number# %g scored the maximum score of %g’,…
    student_no,maxscore)
disp(‘ ‘)

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