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why my empty cell array taking 104 bytes instead of 112 bytes..?

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Hello,
it is mentioned in the document that,
an empty cell array will take
30 bytes for 32 bit systems
& 112 bytes for 64 bit systems.
i got confused why my 64 bit system is taking 104 bytes of memory for an empty cell array..
can someone please explain me..?
Thanks in advance ..!

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Bruno Luong
Bruno Luong on 6 Sep 2020
Edited: Bruno Luong on 6 Sep 2020
A = {[]}
is NOT an empty cell, it's 1 x 1 cell contains an empty array.
An empty cell is
A = {}

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OMKARAM RAJESHWARA RAJU
OMKARAM RAJESHWARA RAJU on 6 Sep 2020
correct sir,
cell array with one element.... and that element is an empty array
could you please also clarify my doubt..?
why my system is taking 104 bytes instead of 112 bytes..?
thank you sir.
Bruno Luong
Bruno Luong on 6 Sep 2020
Sorry, I can't answer you.
I don't know what whos command exactly display for BYTES or the internal mechanism when CELL or {} command is invoked.
Bruno Luong
Bruno Luong on 6 Sep 2020
I read the doc and test on 2 MATLAB versions 2018b and 2020a. The 112 bytes of header size seems to be applicable to R2018b and 104 bytes for 2020a
R2018b
>> A={[]}
A =
1×1 cell array
{0×0 double}
>> whos
Name Size Bytes Class Attributes
A 1x1 112 cell
And R2020a
>> A={[]}
A =
1×1 cell array
{0×0 double}
>> whos
Name Size Bytes Class Attributes
A 1x1 104 cell
So the document you posts is not up-to-date.

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 6 Sep 2020
Cell arrays take a huge amount of overhead. Don't use them unless you have to, which means you'll have different kinds of variables in each cell. Otherwise use a double array if they're all numbers, or a table if it's a mixture of variable classes (e.g. strings and numbers) but each column will be all of the same class.
See the very first item on the FAQ: What is a cell array?

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