## How can I count how many numbers are different from '-1'?

Asked by Davide Conti

### Davide Conti (view profile)

on 1 Nov 2019
Latest activity Commented on by Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 5 Nov 2019
Hi,
Example: Suppose we a have a matrix A
A= [1 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1]
How can I count how many numbers are different from '-1'?

Shubhashree Bal

### Shubhashree Bal (view profile)

on 1 Nov 2019
Search for how many negative number exists in A. than subtract that from length of array. Or Write a loop for how many positive number exists in array.
Code attached below:
Close all;
clear all;
A= [1 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1];
count = 0;
for i = 1: length(A)
if(A(i)>=0)
count = count +1;
end
end
Davide Conti

### Davide Conti (view profile)

on 5 Nov 2019
Ok thanks, but if i wanted to do it for every line of my matrix?
For examples:
1 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1
4 2 3 -1 0 3 1 2 -1
in this case for the first row the numbers different form '-1' are 5, in the second row they are 7.
With your loop it comes out that in the second row they are 12, because it considers the first row.

### Fangjun Jiang (view profile)

Answer by Fangjun Jiang

on 1 Nov 2019

Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 5 Nov 2019
And then sum() along the appropriate axis.

### Pedro Martinez (view profile)

Answer by Pedro Martinez

### Pedro Martinez (view profile)

on 1 Nov 2019

Total = sum (A==-1);

Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 5 Nov 2019
That gives the number of rows of -1 but the user wants the number of columns that are not -1