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# Can someone explain me how to make this loop efficiently?

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Hello Mathworks community!
I'm having a bit of trouble trying to code a for loop. This is my code so far.
randomNumber1 = 100;
randomNumber2 = 150;
out(1)= 0;
B = 4;
for idx = 2:1:numel(A)
if idx <=(B)
ArrayValue = SomeArray(1);
if % first condition
out(idx) = ((out(idx - 1)) - randomNumber1);
elseif % second condition
out(idx) = ((out(idx - 1)) - randomNumber2);
elseif % third condition
out(idx) = (out(idx - 1) + ArrayValue);
end
elseif idx >(B) && idx <= (2*B)
ArrayValue = SomeArray(2);
if % first condition
out(idx) = ((out(idx - 1)) - randomNumber1);
elseif % second condition
out(idx) = ((out(idx - 1)) - randomNumber2);
elseif % third condition
out(idx) = (out(idx - 1) + ArrayValue);
end
elseif idx >(2*B) && idx <= (3*B)
ArrayValue = SomeArray(3);
% It keeps going until I've used every "SomeArray" value
end
end
As you can see, I have to repeat all the statements as many times as values I have inside my vector: SomeArray
The code works as it should, but I'm well awared that this is not how you do it properlly. I know aswell that it is possible to only state the conditions one time, I'm just not sure how to do it.
Could someone help me out?
Thank's!
Santos
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### Accepted Answer

Jon on 17 Feb 2021
I think the key is coming up with an expression that gives you the index for someArray from the current loop index. Something like this:
randomNumber1 = 100;
randomNumber2 = 150;
out(1)= 0;
B = 4;
for idx = 2:1:numel(A)
k = ceil(idx/4); % index into someArray
ArrayValue = SomeArray(k);
if % first condition
out(idx) = ((out(idx - 1)) - randomNumber1);
elseif % second condition
out(idx) = ((out(idx - 1)) - randomNumber2);
elseif % third condition
out(idx) = (out(idx - 1) + ArrayValue);
end
end
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Santos García Rosado on 18 Feb 2021
Thank you Jon! Your code was what i was looking for. Indeed, I had preallocated the array but I forgot to cipying it down on the answer. Thank's again.

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Rik on 17 Feb 2021
Edited: Rik on 17 Feb 2021
Your intuition is correct; this can indeed be simplified:
for k=1:numel(SomeArray)
if idx <= (k*B)
ArrayValue = SomeArray(k);
%your other code
break%stop the for loop with k
end
end
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Santos García Rosado on 18 Feb 2021
Thank's Rik! Exactly what I was looking for.

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