Thread: Arrays, pointers, trouble..

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    Arrays, pointers, trouble..

    Hi all!

    I am trying to write a Matlab mex-file, and I find the c-coding part a bit challenging. I can get the code below to compile, but it doesn't do what is expected:

    #include <math.h>
    #include "mex.h"
    /*Subroutine to calculate the Fuzzy Sample Entropy*/
    void FSE(double *cop, int M, double r, double c, mwSize N, double *FuzzSampEnt) {
        mwIndex m, i, ii, j, jj, k, l;
        double expo, d, *seg_i, *seg_j, count, sumCim, *Cim, CIM[2];
        expo=(log(log(pow(2, c)))/log(r));    
        for (m=M;m<M+2;m++) {
            seg_i=mxCalloc(m, sizeof(double));
            seg_j=mxCalloc(m, sizeof(double));
            Cim=mxCalloc(N-m, sizeof(double));
            for (i=0; i<N-m; i++) {
                for (ii=0; ii<m; ii++){
                for (j=0; j<N-m; j++) {
                    for (jj=0; jj<m; jj++) {
                    /*Finding the maximum absolut value of seg_i-seg_j*/
                    for (k=0; k<m; k++) {
                        if (d < fabs(seg_i[k]-seg_j[k])) {
                    /*if d=0, self match*/
                    if (d>0) {
                        count+=exp(-(pow(d, expo/c)));
            if (m==M){
            else if (m==M+1){
        *FuzzSampEnt=seg_j[k];//-log(CIM[1]/ CIM[0]);
    /*the gateway function*/
    void mexFunction(int nlhs, mxArray *plhs[ ],
            int nrhs, const mxArray *prhs[ ]) {
        int M;
        double *cop, *FuzzSampEnt;
        double c, r;
        mwSize N;
        if(nrhs!=4) {
            mexErrMsgTxt("Four inputs required (cop,M,r,c).");
        /*Assign pointers*/
        plhs[0] = mxCreateDoubleMatrix(1, 1, mxREAL);
        FuzzSampEnt = mxGetPr(plhs[0]);
        /*Call the subroutine */
        FSE(cop, M, r, c, N, FuzzSampEnt);
    The trouble seems to be here: seg_i[ii]=cop[i+ii]; cop[i+ii] seems to be what it should be, but I can't seem to get it's value to seg_i[ii]. Also I'm not sure if it is necessary to use pointers here at all. I know that seg_i and seg_j are either M or M+1 in length and Cim is either N-M or N-M-1 in length.

    The idea would be to make the code as fast as possible, as fast as possible.. So how would you deal with the seg_i, seg_j and Cim? Can you see what I'm doing wrong in here?

    Thank You!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aino
    The trouble seems to be here: seg_i[ii]=cop[i+ii]; cop[i+ii] seems to be what it should be, but I can't seem to get it's value to seg_i[ii].
    What exactly do you mean by this?
    Quote Originally Posted by Bjarne Stroustrup (2000-10-14)
    I get maybe two dozen requests for help with some sort of programming or design problem every day. Most have more sense than to send me hundreds of lines of code. If they do, I ask them to find the smallest example that exhibits the problem and send me that. Mostly, they then find the error themselves. "Finding the smallest program that demonstrates the error" is a powerful debugging tool.
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    Well, probably the real problem is earlier than in this point, but until this point I get the stuff out what I want. I have changed the ending of the code, the output parameter FuzzSampEnt to see what it gives out at what point (I'm sure there is a better way). So it would seem that for example FuzzSampEnt=expo; or FuzzSampEnt=cop[ii+i]; give out what they are supposed to, but *FuzzSampEnt=seg_i[k], gives out something funny like -9*10^303. The true output, -log(CIM[1]/ CIM[0]), is commented, but using it the function gives out NaN.

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