# Remove negative digits from a cell array

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PEDRO ALEXANDRE Fernandes il 17 Apr 2023
Modificato: dpb il 17 Apr 2023
Hi all.
If I have a number like that 1 1 4 1 5 6 4 2 -2 3 -2 3 6 1 1 -2 -2 -2 -2 9.
If I don't want the negative digits, how can I do it?
Pedro
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dpb il 17 Apr 2023
Spostato: dpb il 17 Apr 2023
There's no cell array in sight in the above and how do you want to eliminate them -- replace with something else or remove entirely so the array is smaller?
x{1}=[1 1 4 1 5 6 4 2 -2 3 -2 3 6 1 1 -2 -2 -2 -2 9]
x = 1×1 cell array
{[1 1 4 1 5 6 4 2 -2 3 -2 3 6 1 1 -2 -2 -2 -2 9]}
Remove
x{:}
ans = 1×20
1 1 4 1 5 6 4 2 -2 3 -2 3 6 1 1 -2 -2 -2 -2 9
x{1}>0
ans = 1×20 logical array
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
x{1}(x{1}>0)
ans = 1×14
1 1 4 1 5 6 4 2 3 3 6 1 1 9
x={x{1}(x{1}>0)}
x = 1×1 cell array
{[1 1 4 1 5 6 4 2 3 3 6 1 1 9]}
You first have to dereference the cell array to get to the content, then do the logical addressing on that array -- then put that back into the cell.
If it is a cell array, then @cellfun will be helpful
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Image Analyst il 17 Apr 2023
Modificato: Image Analyst il 17 Apr 2023
Or a double matrix? If it's a matrix, you can't "remove" elements because it must remain rectangular. You can't have matrices with "ragged" right or bottom edges because rows or columns were shifted, and you can't have "holes" in the matrix, though you can assign NaN to those locations if you want.
dpb il 17 Apr 2023
Modificato: dpb il 17 Apr 2023
I had @Image Analyst's response in preparation but a meeting pulled me away before posting...specifically what I was going to illustrate is something that is the best approximation one can make other than insertion of the missing value (NaN for double) is to create a cell array
N=8; % dataset small enough to observe
x=randi([-2 9],N) % create a set of data
x = 8×8
3 8 -1 0 -2 8 1 3 9 3 1 -2 1 7 3 -2 3 1 5 0 8 1 9 0 -1 5 9 1 2 9 7 9 4 4 9 8 -1 6 -2 6 4 2 -2 5 7 4 9 -2 9 7 6 9 8 7 3 4 0 5 5 2 5 -1 1 -1
x=num2cell(x,2) % turn into set of row cell arrays
x = 8×1 cell array
{[3 8 -1 0 -2 8 1 3]} {[9 3 1 -2 1 7 3 -2]} {[ 3 1 5 0 8 1 9 0]} {[ -1 5 9 1 2 9 7 9]} {[4 4 9 8 -1 6 -2 6]} {[4 2 -2 5 7 4 9 -2]} {[ 9 7 6 9 8 7 3 4]} {[0 5 5 2 5 -1 1 -1]}
cellfun(@(c)c(c>=0),x,'uniformoutput',0) % keep only positive values each cell
ans = 8×1 cell array
{[ 3 8 0 8 1 3]} {[ 9 3 1 1 7 3]} {[3 1 5 0 8 1 9 0]} {[ 5 9 1 2 9 7 9]} {[ 4 4 9 8 6 6]} {[ 4 2 5 7 4 9]} {[9 7 6 9 8 7 3 4]} {[ 0 5 5 2 5 1]}
Now you have only the positive values left, but it isn't in a regular 2D array any more (and can't be), but it meets the request to remove the negative values.
Depending upon what it is that is/are the next step(s), it may be simpler to just treat the missing values instead; functions like mean, etc., all have flags to 'omitnan'.

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