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I have a code here that give me errors. In the code I am computing a i-th dot product and want to replace this values on the i-th super diagonal.

lambda=0.42;

n=100;

p=0.005;

P=zeros(1001,1001);

for i=1:1000

a=i:1000;

b=a-i;

v=poisspdf(a,lambda);

w=binopdf(b,n,p);

c=dot(v,w);

d=size(diag(P,i),1);%this is the size of the vector with elements of the kth diagonal

e=c*ones(d,1);

diag(P,i)=e;

end

But matlab gives me an error saying:

Subscript indices must either be real positive integers or logicals.

Error in pdfnumber (line 18)

diag(P,i)=e;

Then I tried a more simple code. But is only replaces the 1 super diagonal for me, while i runs from 1 to 1000.

for i=1:1000

a=i:1000;

b=a-i;

v=poisspdf(a,lambda);

w=binopdf(b,n,p);

c=dot(v,w);

P(i,i+1)=c;

end

What am I doing wrong?

Guillaume
on 2 Oct 2018

You can't use diag to assign to diagonales of a matrix, only to get them. The simplest way to assign to the diagonales is to replace:

d=size(diag(P,i),1);%this is the size of the vector with elements of the kth diagonal

e=c*ones(d,1);

diag(P,i)=e;

by

P(i*size(P, 1)+1:size(P, 1)+1:end) = e;

which simply computes the linear indices of the diagonal elements.

Guillaume
on 3 Oct 2018

Well, your original code did not access the subdiagonals so I assumed that you were only interested in the super-diagonals.

For subdiagional -i, use:

P(i+1:size(P, 1)+1:1+size(P, 1)*min(size(P, 1)-i,size(P, 2))) = e; %where i is the positive index of subdiagonal -i. 0 is main diagonal

Adam
on 2 Oct 2018

Guillaume
on 2 Oct 2018

You cannot assign a value to a function, so

somefunction(atsomevalue) = something

is never correct in matlab. What you are attempting to do is assign a new value to the return value of the diag function, so if we'd made that explicit, your

diag(P, i) = e;

could be decomposed to:

tempvariable = diag(P, i);

tempvariable = e;

Even if matlab allowed that, you can see it still wouldn't work as you would only be changing the value of the temporary, not the diagonale of P.

Since assigning a value to a function is not allowed and since matlab allows you to use the same names for functions and variables, matlab interpret your diag line as an assigment of e to the matrix diag at rows P and column i. Some values in P are 0 which is not a valid row index, hence the error.

Bruno Luong
on 3 Oct 2018

Edited: Bruno Luong
on 3 Oct 2018

>> P = rand(5,4)

P =

0.3517 0.2858 0.0759 0.1299

0.8308 0.7572 0.0540 0.5688

0.5853 0.7537 0.5308 0.4694

0.5497 0.3804 0.7792 0.0119

0.9172 0.5678 0.9340 0.3371

>> P(idiag(size(P),-1)) = (1:4)

P =

0.3517 0.2858 0.0759 0.1299

1.0000 0.7572 0.0540 0.5688

0.5853 2.0000 0.5308 0.4694

0.5497 0.3804 3.0000 0.0119

0.9172 0.5678 0.9340 4.0000

>>

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