Use a Variable-Size Signal in a Filtering Algorithm

Variable-Size Data in MATLAB Function Blocks

This example uses a variable-size vector to store the values of a white noise signal. The size of the vector can vary at run time because the signal values get pruned by functions that:

• Filter out signal values that are not unique within a specified tolerance of each other.

• Average every two signal values and output only the resulting means. In this model, a Band-Limited White Noise block generates a set of normally distributed random values as the source of a white noise signal. The MATLAB Function uniquify filters out signal values that are not unique to within a specified tolerance of each other. Then, the MATLAB Function avg outputs the average of a specified number of unique signal values. The Scope blocks display the output from the uniquify function and the avg function.

Source Signal

The band-limited white noise signal has these properties: The size of the noise power value defines the size of the array that holds the signal values. This array is a 1-by-9 vector of double values.

MATLAB Function Block: uniquify

This block filters out signal values that are not within a tolerance of 0.2 of each other. Here is the code:

function y = uniquify(u) %#codegen
y = emldemo_uniquetol(u,0.2);

The uniquify function calls an external MATLAB® function emldemo_uniquetol to filter the signal values. uniquify passes the 1-by-9 vector of white noise signal values as the first argument and the tolerance value as the second argument. Here is the code for emldemo_uniquetol:

function B = emldemo_uniquetol(A,tol) %#codegen

A = sort(A);
coder.varsize('B',[1 100]);
B = A(1);
k = 1;
for i = 2:length(A)
if abs(A(k) - A(i)) > tol
B = [B A(i)];
k = i;
end
end

emldemo_uniquetol returns the filtered values of A in an output vector B so that abs(B(i) - B(j)) > tol for all i and j. Every time Simulink® samples the Band-Limited White Noise block, it generates a different set of random values for A. As a result, emldemo_uniquetol may produce a different number of output signals in B each time it is called. To allow B to accommodate a variable number of elements, emldemo_uniquetol declares it as variable-size data with an explicit upper bound:

coder.varsize('B',[1 100]);

In this statement, coder.varsize declares B as a vector whose first dimension is fixed at 1 and whose second dimension can grow to a maximum size of 100. Accordingly, output y of the uniquify block must also be variable-size so that it can pass the values returned from emldemo_uniquetol to the Unique values scope. Here are the properties of y: For variable-size outputs, you must specify an explicit size and upper bound, shown here as [1 9].

MATLAB Function Block: avg

This block averages signal values filtered by the uniquify block using the conditions outlined in this table.

ConditionResult
The number of signals is greater than 1 and divisible by 2.The MATLAB Function block averages every consecutive pair of values.
The number of signals is greater than 1 but not divisible by 2.The MATLAB Function block drops the first (smallest) value and averages the remaining consecutive pairs.
There is exactly one signal.The MATLAB Function block returns the value unchanged.

The avg function outputs the results to the Average values scope. Here is the code:

function y = avg(u) %#codegen

if numel(u) == 1
y = u;
else
k = numel(u)/2;
if k ~= floor(k)
u = u(2:numel(u));
end
y = emldemo_navg(u,2);
end

Both input u and output y of avg are declared as variable-size vectors because the number of elements varies depending on how the uniquify function block filters the signal values. Input u inherits its size from the output of uniquify. The avg function calls an external MATLAB function emldemo_navg to calculate the average of every two consecutive signal values. Here is the code for emldemo_navg:

function B = emldemo_navg(A,n) %#codegen

assert(n>=1 && n<=numel(A));

B = zeros(1,numel(A)/n);
k = 1;
for i = 1 : numel(A)/n
B(i) = mean(A(k + (0:n-1)));
k = k + n;
end

Variable-Size Results

Simulating the model produces the following results:

• The uniquify block outputs a variable number of signal values each time it executes: • The avg block outputs a variable number of signal values each time it executes — approximately half the number of the unique values: 