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Re: Incrementing an Array

s007amf@news.wright.edu (ALAN FRAZIER) writes:

> Once again I am struggling with the finer points of IDL.  What I am trying 
> to do seems simple, but is causing me some headaches.  What I am trying to 
> do is this:
> matrix[x,y,z] = matrix[x,y,z] + 1
> Where matrix is a 3D array and x,y,z are 1D arrays.  Matrix starts out 
> all 0's and I am trying to increment values at elements [x,y,z].  The 
> problem 
> is that some elements should be incremented multiple times.  All the 
> proper elements are incremented once, but the second, third, 
> fourth....increments are not showing up.  Any ideas?  I know that I could 
> write this with loops, but that would be too slow.

This is a common error using array indices.  The problem is that each
element evaluated in parallel, not in sequence.

You really want to use HISTOGRAM for this one.  JD Smith wrote an
n-dimensional histogramming function which you can find here:



Craig B. Markwardt, Ph.D.         EMAIL:    craigmnet@cow.physics.wisc.edu
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