# How can I count the occurrences of each element in a vector in MATLAB?

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MathWorks Support Team
on 11 Jan 2012

Commented: Walter Roberson
on 26 Apr 2022

I would like to be able to return the count of occurences of each element in a vector.

For example if I have a vector:

x=[10 25 4 10 9 4 4]

I expect the result to be

y=[2 1 3 2 1 3 3].

### Accepted Answer

MathWorks Support Team
on 27 Feb 2020

Edited: MathWorks Support Team
on 27 Feb 2020

As of MATLAB R2019a, you can use the “groupcounts” function to compute the number of times an element appears in a vector as a summary. In other words, the elements of the below output “GC” are the counts of the corresponding element values in “GR” (from the original input vector “x”):

x = [10 25 4 10 9 4 4]';

[GC,GR] = groupcounts(x)

GC =

3

1

2

1

GR =

4

9

10

25

For more information on "groupcounts", please see the documentation link below:

---

As of MATLAB R2018b, you can use the “grouptransform” function if you want to compute the number of times an element appears in a vector and output that count for each corresponding element of the input vector. For example:

x = [10 25 4 10 9 4 4]';

y = grouptransform(x,x,@numel)

y =

2

1

3

2

1

3

3

For more information on "grouptransform", please see the documentation link below:

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Prior to MATLAB R2018b, while there is no single function to count occurrences of each element, there are a few ways to count elements in a vector:

1. Logical Indexing:

The following code snippet will give the desired output:

y = zeros(size(x));

for i = 1:length(x)

y(i) = sum(x==x(i));

end

For MATLAB R2016b and later, you can use implicit expansion to further simplify the code:

y = sum(x==x')

2. Binning:

You can use the "hist" and "unique" functions as shown here to do the same:

x = [10 25 4 10 9 4 4]

[a,b]=hist(x,unique(x))

3. Third-Party Tools:

For another workaround, see the following file, 'CountMember.m', that was contributed by a MATLAB user to do the same from a single function:

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Walter Roberson
on 26 Apr 2022

https://www.mathworks.com/help/matlab/ref/double.groupcounts.html#mw_92fbcf5a-2ab5-45d0-ac09-68c1986c269f

when you use groupcounts then the groups are in the order returned by unique('sorted')

### More Answers (8)

Andrei Bobrov
on 14 Aug 2014

[a,b] = histc(x,unique(x));

y = a(b);

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Tech Support
on 2 May 2018

Hi,

If you are still experiencing this issue, please contact MathWorks support:

-Justin

Razvan Carbunescu
on 9 May 2019

>> x=[10 25 4 10 9 4 4]';

>> grouptransform(x,x,@numel)

ans =

2

1

3

2

1

3

3

>>[GC,GR]=groupcounts(x)

GC =

3

1

2

1

GR =

4

9

10

25

##### 7 Comments

Razvan Carbunescu
on 7 Jun 2019

Julian Hapke
on 1 Jun 2017

Edited: Julian Hapke
on 1 Jun 2017

here is another one:

sum(bsxfun(@eq,x,x'),1)

or if you want the output to be the same orientation as input

sum(bsxfun(@eq,x,x'),(size(x,2)==1)+1)

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Josh
on 14 Aug 2014

This is kind of awkward since it requires using the input array within the anonymous function, but:

y = arrayfun(@(t)nnz(x==t), x);

should do the trick, too.

##### 0 Comments

mittal54
on 16 May 2015

Edited: Walter Roberson
on 16 Aug 2017

numbers=unique(v); %list of elements

count=hist(v,numbers); %provides a count of each element's occurrence

this will give counts. and if you want to have a nice graphical representation then try this

bar(accumarray(v', 1))

##### 1 Comment

Walter Roberson
on 16 May 2015

Truong Phan
on 16 Aug 2017

I need help to count the occurrences of each element in a matrix. Thanks

##### 1 Comment

Walter Roberson
on 16 Aug 2017

[uvals, ~, uidx] = unique(YourArray);

output = [uvals, accumarray(uidx, 1)];

This would produce an N x 2 array with the first column being the unique array values and the second column being the associated count.

Ramon Villamangca
on 25 Oct 2018

Edited: Ramon Villamangca
on 25 Oct 2018

This is how I did it:

numOccur = sum(arrayfun(@(x) x == elem,vec))

where 'elem', is the element to search in the given vector 'vec'.

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