# How to find the non-zero minimum of a subset of matrix elements

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2Lindsay2 on 24 Jun 2020
Answered: Sindar on 25 Jun 2020
I'm trying to find the non-zero miumum of a subset of elements in a matrix in a similar manner to that of using
minimum = min(A(A>0))
As an example, what I have is
A = [1 2 3 4; 2 0 1 5; 0 3 2 5; 1 2 1 0];
subsetOfRows = [1 2 4];
column = 2;
minimum = min(A(A(subsetOfRows,column)>0))
so I want the non-zero minimum of comumn 2 while just comparing the first, second, and fourth row elements. The answer I'm looking for is 2, but the answer I get is 0. Does anyone know how to implement this? Or is there a better way to go about doing this?
Thank you in advance

Sindar on 25 Jun 2020
The issue is that logical indexing doesn't work when you are checking against a subset of the matrix:
>> A = [1 2 3 4; 2 0 1 5; 0 3 2 5; 1 2 1 0];
>> subsetOfRows = [1 2 4];
>> column = 2;
>> A(subsetOfRows,column)
ans =
2
0
2
>> A(subsetOfRows,column)>0
ans =
3×1 logical array
1
0
1
>> A(A(subsetOfRows,column)>0)
ans =
1
0
What's happening is that you extract the first, (not second), and third elements of A, instead of pulling out the full index from the subset. There may be some clever trick to do this in one step, but this will get it done in cases where the subset of A is not overly large
A = [1 2 3 4; 2 0 1 5; 0 3 2 5; 1 2 1 0];
subsetOfRows = [1 2 4];
column = 2;
tmp = A(subsetOfRows,column);
minimum = min(tmp(tmp>0));