Count number of changes to 1

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Daan
Daan on 16 Sep 2015
Commented: MA-Winlab on 7 Apr 2019
Hi, I have got a binary vector which looks like this: vec = [0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 ] I would like to know how many times it changes to 1. In this case six times.
I have tried it by first counting the number of changes: r=sum(abs(diff(vec))) and then devide it by 2. This will work when I have got an equal number of changes to 1 and changes to 0, but this is unfortunately not always the case.
What is the best way to do solve this in matlab?
Many thanks.

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Daan
Daan on 16 Sep 2015
Thank you both, but I still have one problem. I have also got binary vectors which start with a 1 like: v= [1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0] and I want to get eventually the number of streaks of the number 1 (in this case 3). When I determine the number of changes the first streak of 1's isn't counted. How can I solve this problem?
Thanks in advance.
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Thorsten
Thorsten on 16 Sep 2015
Just add a 0 in front of the vec
N = sum(diff([0 vec]) == 1));

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 16 Sep 2015
Get rid of the abs(). Just simply do this:
vec = [0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 ]
d = diff(vec)
numChangesTo1 = sum(d == 1)
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MA-Winlab
MA-Winlab on 7 Apr 2019
Update
I figured out how to do that (in my case, the vector of 0s and 1s has an even number):
OpenClose = find(diff(sign(A))) + 1;
OneToZero = OpenClose(1:2:end)
ZeroToOne = OpenClose(2:2:end)

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Nobel Mondal
Nobel Mondal on 16 Sep 2015
Edited: Nobel Mondal on 16 Sep 2015
If you're only counting the changes 0 -> 1 , then it would be the number of occurrences of 1 (1-0) in the diff vector.
>> A = [0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 ];
>> count = length(find(diff(A) == 1));
Your code is actually counting the overall number of value changes in the vector. Hope this helps.

Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 16 Sep 2015
Daan:
If you want the number of streaks in a vector like v= [1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0], then, if you have the Image Processing Toolbox, simply do this:
[L, numberOfStreaks] = bwlabel(v);
numberOfStreaks will be 3 since you have 3 separate sections of 1's. Also, each streak will have a unique ID number, given in the L vector, in case you need to use that.

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