# Creating a mxn matrix that is all zeros except for the middle row and middle column which are 1s

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Lavorizia Vaughn on 28 Aug 2021
Edited: DGM on 14 Mar 2023 at 8:56
Hi,
Given an 7x5 matrix, i am to return a mxn matrix M that is all zeros except for the middle row and middle column, which should be all 1s.
I have gotten as far as creating a zeros matrix using the code M=zeros(7,5), but am clueless on how to change the middle row and middle column to 1s.
I should also mention that the code should be a one-liner.
Thank you

Wan Ji on 28 Aug 2021
Edited: Wan Ji on 28 Aug 2021
M = [0,0,0,1,0,0,0; 0,0,0,1,0,0,0; 1,1,1,1,1,1,1; 0,0,0,1,0,0,0; 0,0,0,1,0,0,0];
Once for all
Or you can do
a = zeros(5,7);
a((1:numel(a))>size(a,1)*(size(a,2)-1)/2&1:numel(a)<=size(a,1)*(size(a,2)+1)/2|mod(1:numel(a),size(a,1))==(size(a,1)+1)/2) = 1
The result is
a =
0 0 0 1 0 0 0
0 0 0 1 0 0 0
1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0 0 0 1 0 0 0
0 0 0 1 0 0 0
We can extend it to any matrix with both odd columns and rows.
a = zeros(9,11);
a((1:numel(a))>size(a,1)*(size(a,2)-1)/2&1:numel(a)<=size(a,1)*(size(a,2)+1)/2|mod(1:numel(a),size(a,1))==(size(a,1)+1)/2) = 1
Then a becomes
a =
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

Awais Saeed on 28 Aug 2021
M = zeros(7,5)
M(:,ceil(size(M,2)/2)) = 1
M(ceil(size(M,1)/2),:) = 1
Awais Saeed on 28 Aug 2021
This is the shortest code that I can come up with. Why do you need a one line answer? You are not doing it through loops, this is vectorisation which is far better and faster than loops. It is more readable as well.

Zoya on 13 Mar 2023 at 22:22
Edited: DGM on 14 Mar 2023 at 8:56
% create a 6x6 matrix of zeros
matrix = zeros(6);
% set the middle two rows and columns to 1's
matrix(3:4, :) = 1;
matrix(:, 3:4) = 1;

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