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bug #51333: Reductions on an empty matrix is inconsistent

Submitted by:  Joel Dahne <urathai>
Submitted on:  Wed 28 Jun 2017 01:21:12 PM UTC  
Category: Octave FunctionSeverity: 3 - Normal
Priority: 5 - NormalItem Group: Matlab Compatibility
Status: ConfirmedAssigned to: None
Originator Name: Open/Closed: Open
Release: devOperating System: GNU/Linux

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Sat 17 Mar 2018 11:44:53 PM UTC, comment #3:

I have gone through the bug #51333 and have implemented code for dot function. Similarly it can be implemented for others.I have also consider case when dimension is negative.
The link for the code is :

Output from octave:

>> dot([],[])

ans = [](1x0)

Output after implimenting

>> dott([],[])

ans = 0

Fri 30 Jun 2017 07:33:38 AM UTC, comment #2:

Yes, that's what I found as well. This means that if we would choose to go with Matlabs version it is just a matter of adding a check for "dim < 0" in the following if-statement.

For "dot" we add, right after the definition of dimx and dimy,

if we go with the version Octave has now. If we choose the matlab version we also add "nargin == 2" to the condition.

I don't know if we should go with the Matlab version, but either way I think it makes sense to do the changes to "dot".

Joel Dahne <urathai>
Thu 29 Jun 2017 10:24:56 PM UTC, comment #1:

Applies for the development version as well.

Digging into the code of "sum", "xsum", "prod", "sumsq" of an double NDArray, I found the inline function "do_mx_red_op" to be called in any case. According to a comment


it has to do with the described problem.

For "dot" the situation might be easier, as it is a seperate file which could check for empty input values:


Kai Torben Ohlhus <siko1056>
Project Member
Wed 28 Jun 2017 01:21:12 PM UTC, original submission:

Some of the reduction functions have inconsistent handling of empty matrices. They also differ slightly to how Matlab handles it. The function I have looked at are sum, sumsq, prod and dot but it might hold true for other reduction functions as well.

Both sum and prod have the convention that the empty matrix returns the unit, i.e.

But this does not hold true for dot

I think it would be more natural for dot to also return 0 here. This is also how Matlab does it

Further I noticed that Matlab and Octave handles the empty matrix differently when a dimension is specified. In Octave we have

Looking at the code for Octaves reduction function we in fact have a explicit conversion from [] to a matrix of size 1x0 (commented as an inconsistency). In Matlab we instead have

When no dimension is specified it handles the empty matrix in a special way. But when a dimension is specified it handles it like any other matrix.

Joel Dahne <urathai>


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