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how to sum a vector without sum function

Asked by nathan Short on 3 Sep 2018
Latest activity Answered by Matt J
on 3 Sep 2018
function Mean = mean_strength(StrengthVector)
N = numel(StrengthVector);
x = sum(StrengthVector);
for i = 1:N
Mean = (1/N)*(x);
end
I need to change my code so I don't use the in built Matlab sum function.

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Answer by KL
on 3 Sep 2018

You're idea of using for loop is correct but you should use it to calculate the sum not the mean.
If there's a vector A = [1,2,3,4,5], how would you calculate the sum? By adding its elements with each other, right? It's pretty much the same here.
- create a resuting variable and initilize it to 0
result_sum = 0;
- use the for loop to index through A and add the current element to the above variable
result_sum = result_sum + A(i);
- once you are done with the for loop calculate mean by diving it with N (just like you've done but outside the loop)

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Answer by Dennis
on 3 Sep 2018

If the only requirement is to not use sum, i'd like to suggest to use cumsum instead!
A=cumsum(StrengthVector);
x=A(end);
As an alternative you could use a loop.

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Answer by Matt J
on 3 Sep 2018
Edited by Matt J
on 3 Sep 2018

You can do all sorts of crazy things,
function Mean = mean_strength(StrengthVector)
N = numel(StrengthVector);
if N==1
Mean = StrengthVector;
else
Mean = StrengthVector(1)/N + (N-1)/N*mean_strength( StrengthVector(2:end) );
end
end

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Answer by Matt J
on 3 Sep 2018

x = log( prod(exp(StrengthVector)) );

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