# How to generate a vector of a shifted impulse function?

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FW on 27 Jul 2020
Commented: Star Strider on 27 Jul 2020
Hello, Suppose we have a time vector x=0:0.1: 50. I would like to have a delta function at a non-zero position, say at 25 with unit height (or any other scaled version of it).
MATLAB has a function d = dirac(x)
It generates dirac at x=0. If we write, d=dirac(x-25), it does not shift the impulse function like the H=heaviside(t-25) translates the heaviside function at 25.
I tried differentiating the translated heaviside function but I get 0.5 0.5 at the desired location instead of 1 at 25, no matter what the sampling frequency is.
Is there are a better way to do
(a) Generate a vector unit delta at a non-zero position
(b) Differentiate translated Heaviside and get a shifted delta at the desired position.
Thanks.

Star Strider on 27 Jul 2020
If we write, d=dirac(x-25), it does not shift the impulse function like the H=heaviside(t-25) translates the heaviside function at 25.
It does, actually.
Consider:
x = 0:0.1:50;
d = dirac(x - 25);
nzdidx = find(d>0) % Index
dnzd = d(nzdidx) % Value
producing:
nzdidx =
251
dnzd =
Inf
So it will not appear on the plot, since it has infinite amplitude and 0 width, integrating to an area of 1.
.
Star Strider on 27 Jul 2020
As always, my pleasure!
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