# Matrix indexing, getting back my original matrix.

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Raldi on 14 Jun 2014
Commented: Joseph Cheng on 14 Jun 2014
Hi,
I have a matrix
mat= [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9];
and I sub-sample it using the simple command
newMat= mat(1:4:end, 1:4:end);
Is there a way later on to get back the indexes I lost from the original matrix, if I want to reconstruct it in a new matrix likewise
newMat2= zeros(size(mat, 1), size(mat, 2));
newMat2(1:4:end, 1:4:end) = newMat;
So what I want is to replace the columns and rows I lost with lets say NaN.
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Jan on 14 Jun 2014
I do not get the problem. In your example you fill the missing values with zeros. So all you want to do is using nan() instead of zeros()?

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### Accepted Answer

Joseph Cheng on 14 Jun 2014
Were you looking to get something like this?
mat= [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9];
selCol = 1:4:size(mat,2);
selRow = 1:2:size(mat,1);
newMat= mat(selRow, selCol);
newMat2= NaN*zeros(size(mat));
newMat2(selRow,selCol) = newMat;
newMat2 =
1 NaN NaN NaN 5 NaN NaN NaN 9
NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN
1 NaN NaN NaN 5 NaN NaN NaN 9
NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN
1 NaN NaN NaN 5 NaN NaN NaN 9
NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN
1 NaN NaN NaN 5 NaN NaN NaN 9
NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN
1 NaN NaN NaN 5 NaN NaN NaN 9
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Joseph Cheng on 14 Jun 2014
There may be a way to figure out the increments based on the new mat size and original mat but need to think of the conditions.
For instance if you go 1:4:100 you get a 1x25. which you can see 4. but you can just round or floor or ceil +1 for all cases.

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Azzi Abdelmalek on 14 Jun 2014
You haven't lost anything
mat=repmat(1:9,6,1) % Example
new_mat=mat(1:4,1:4)
You have both the original matrix and the new one, maybe you can give more details about loosing indices
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Raldi on 14 Jun 2014
No this was just an example to illustrate my problem, assume the matrices are not on the same function and there is no way to access my original matrix. What I actually want is to find a way to select all the rows and columns that I left out in my original matrix and populate them with some new values (for simplicity here NaN)

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