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sum command giving ridiculous answer

Asked by Brian Hornak on 10 Apr 2019
Latest activity Commented on by Brian Hornak on 11 Apr 2019
I'm trying to compute a simple sum of columns of a matrix. However, MATLAB is giving me ridiculously small answers and I don't know why.
The sum of this list of numbers is coming out as which I know is wrong (I've done it both by hand and through Excel) - it should be . Why is this the case?


Posting pictures of numbers is useless to your readers. Nobody is going to hand type in all of those values. Please delete that picture and post your numbers as actual text that we can copy and paste into MATLAB. Thanks. (And I am pretty sure MATLAB is calculating the sum correctly of the numbers it was given unless you are shadowing the sum function)
I can't. The editor won't let me copy/paste for whatever reason.

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Answer by James Tursa
on 11 Apr 2019
Edited by James Tursa
on 11 Apr 2019

It could be you are comparing apples to oranges. The actual numbers probably have more than four digits that are not being displayed but do play a part in calculations (such as sum). If you hand type in those values or only copy the digits that are displayed, you might only expect agreement to the number of digits that are displayed, which is 4. Maybe that is why you see the difference at 10^-4.


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