## Why do I get the error 'Subscript indices must either be real positive integers or logicals. ' ?

### MathWorks Support Team (view profile)

on 7 May 2013
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### Hamza saeed khan (view profile)

on 21 Dec 2018
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### MathWorks Support Team (view profile)

Why do I get the following error message:
Subscript indices must either be real positive integers or logicals.

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### MathWorks Support Team (view profile)

on 3 Jan 2019

This error occurs when you attempt to index into an array using indices that are not positive integers or logical values. Here are some tips for common situations that cause this error message:
1) Double check that your indices are positive integers. Indices in MATLAB cannot be 0, and by default, start with 1.
2) If you are using logical indexing to index into an array, be sure that your index array is of type 'logical', and not a 'double' array of 1s and 0s. You can convert a 'double' array to a logical array before attempting to use logical indexing. For example:
A = [1 2 3 4; 5 6 7 8];
ind_double = [0 1 0 1; 0 1 0 1];
ind_logical = logical(ind_double);
A(ind_logical)
For an index array 'ind', you can check its data type using the 'whos' function:
whos ind
3) If you use floating-point arithmetic to compute an index array, then the array values may not be exact integers. The 'round' function is handy when you know you have an index value that is nearly the integer index that you want. For example,
A = [1 2 3 4; 5 6 7 8];
ind_float = 2.00001;
ind_int = round(ind_float);
A(ind_float)
Below is a way to check if an index array 'ind'' contains exact integer values. This command returns a 'logical' array, where 1 indicates the index value is an exact integer, and 0 indicates it is not.
ind == round(ind)
4) If you assign a variable to the same name as a built-in function in MATLAB, then you will overwrite that function and encounter the error when you attempt to call it. For example,
max = rand(5);
A = rand(5);
max(A)
In this event, rename your variable and clear the old one to proceed:
B = max;
clear max max(A)
For more information on indexing in MATLAB, see the following documentation page:

Juan Daniel Arango

### Juan Daniel Arango (view profile)

on 4 Oct 2017
Same here, Thanks !
Workability Desk

### Workability Desk (view profile)

on 1 Aug 2018
" You can convert a 'double' array to a logical array before attempting to use logical indexing. For example:"
Has this been changed in a recent update of Matlab? (I updated from 2013 to 2017). Before that I never had to convert from double to logical.
Simple things like A=rand(1,3), A([1 0 0]) no longer work. Is there a setting in Matlab that could change this?
Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 25 Sep 2018
"Has this been changed in a recent update of Matlab? (I updated from 2013 to 2017). Before that I never had to convert from double to logical."
R2013a:
>> A=rand(1,3), A([1 0 0])
A =
0.8147 0.9058 0.1270
Subscript indices must either be real positive integers or logicals.
Same with R2010bSP1, which is the oldest MATLAB I happen to have installed at the moment.
If we examine the R14 documentation, https://www.mathworks.com/help/releases/R14/techdoc/matlab.html in the document for " Special Characters [ ] ( ) {} = ' . ... , ; : % ! @ " we see,
"The components of V must be integers to be used as subscripts. An error occurs if any such subscript is less than 1 or greater than the size of X."
This is not a new restriction, and No, there is no setting in MATLAB that could change this.

### Antoine Pichot (view profile)

on 19 Nov 2015

Iaredi Sabinas's comment should be a valid answer.
It may happen when you have a variable named after an existing matlab function, like min or diff. Matlab thinks you are using the variable instead of the builtin function.

Stephen Cobeldick

### Stephen Cobeldick (view profile)

on 19 Nov 2015
It is already part of the answer: "Another common cause is that a variable has overwritten a function name and is thus shadowing the function. For example:..." and it then proceeds to give an example of how this can happen.

### Schrecklich Er (view profile)

on 18 Mar 2017
Edited by Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 4 Apr 2017

I got this message while I was trying process a image using 'imread', i had the following structure:
for i = 1 : f
for j = 1 : c
B(i,j)=([A1(i,j)*A2(i,j)]);
B1(i,j)=(A2(i,j)/A1(i,j));
end
end
i got the same error message so until 30 minutes of research I just switch the letter 'i' for a 'k' and the error message disapeared, I think that the error was there because the letter 'i' is used for imaginary numbers.
just a little hint! Hope it is useful.

on 22 Apr 2016

how about this. the word that have star...how can i declare..if i run this prgoram it get error..thnx a lot
for i=0:1: maxrow-1
for j=0:1: maxcol-1
% inv([i, j]) = 255 - image([i, j]);
for k = 0: 1
*sto([i, j, k]) = image([i, j]);*
end
end
end

Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 22 Apr 2016
MATLAB indexing starts at 1, not at 0. You need to add 1 to all of your indices.
Also remember that sto([i, j, k]) is indexing sto at 3 locations, sto(i), sto(j), sto(k). It is not an index into a 3 dimensional array: that would be sto(i, j, k)

### Pratyush Lohumi (view profile)

on 18 Mar 2017
Edited by Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 18 Mar 2017

for n = 0:ns
s(n) = (ns-n)/ns; %slip
Tmech(n) = ph*V1eq^2*R2/((s(n)*omegas)*((R1eq + R2/s(n))^2+(X1+X2)^2)); %Electromechanical torque
end %End of slip loop
Error: Subscript indices must either be real positive integers or logicals. (Line 2)
Query: Couldn't seem to rectify the mistake?
If someone could provide a valid explanation or a corrected code for this loop, that would really help my project.

Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 18 Mar 2017
In MATLAB, subscripts start at 1. Your n starts at 0, so s(n) is going to start at s(0) which is not permitted.
nvals = 0 : ns;
for nidx = 1 : length(nvals)
n = nvals(nidx);
s(nidx) = (ns-n)/ns; %slip
Tmech(nidx) = ph*V1eq^2*R2/((s(nidx)*omegas)*((R1eq + R2/s(nidx))^2+(X1+X2)^2)); %Electromechanical torque
end
This can be vectorized, no loop:
s = linspace(1, 0, ns+1);
Tmech = ph .* V1eq.^2 .* R2 ./ ((s .* omegas) .* ((R1eq + R2./s).^2 + (X1+X2).^2));
Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 18 Mar 2017
If you insist on using the same structure of loop, then:
for n = 0:ns
s(n+1) = (ns-n)/ns; %slip
Tmech(n+1) = ph*V1eq^2*R2/((s(n+1)*omegas)*((R1eq + R2/s(n+1))^2+(X1+X2)^2)); %Electromechanical torque
end %End of slip loop
Imen BOUGRINE

### Imen BOUGRINE (view profile)

on 4 Apr 2017
for m = 1:num_pulse_int
%Update sensor and target positions
[sensorpos,sensorvel] = sensormotion(1/prf);
[tgtpos,tgtvel] = tgtmotion(1/prf);

on 26 Apr 2017
Edited by Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 26 Apr 2017

for j=1:n
y(j)= (T(j)-Ts)/(Tb-Ts);
h(j)=(1/427)*(-0.0717)*L*(Tb-Ts)*(y(j+1)-y(j-1)/2*deltas);
r(j)=(e*sigma*L^2*P*Ts^3)/(kAc)*(((T(j)/Ts)^3)+((T(j)/Ts)^2)+(T(j)/Ts)+1);
c(j)=1-(h(j)*deltas/2);
a(j)=-2+(r(j)*deltas^2);
b(j)=1+(h(j)*deltas/2);
end

Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 26 Apr 2017
On the first iteration, j = 1. Then you have
h(j)=(1/427)*(-0.0717)*L*(Tb-Ts)*(y(j+1)-y(j-1)/2*deltas);
which uses y(j-1) which would be y(0) .
If you are going to use y(j-1) then your j must start at 2 or more.
Ram

### Ram (view profile)

on 25 Sep 2018
@walter. similar problem. but it doesn't resolve my issue link
Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 25 Sep 2018
Ram: you had a k-5 subscript with k starting at 1. You need to start k at 6 or more.

### Wellington Pereira Guedes (view profile)

on 3 Oct 2017

Somenone can help me. I got this erro when using this code below:
W2=[];%will contain watermark signal extracted from the image
for t=1:wmsz
W2 = [W2(D_w(IND(t,1),IND(t,2))/D(IND(t,1),IND(t,2)))*10] %watermark extraction
end

Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 4 Oct 2017
Let us match brackets. The number will be the count of open brackets "after" the character aligned with:
W2 = [W2(D_w(IND(t,1),IND(t,2))/D(IND(t,1),IND(t,2)))*10]
1 2 3 4 3 4 32 3 4 3 4 321 0
We see from this that W2 is being indexed by
D_w(IND(t,1),IND(t,2)) / D(IND(t,1),IND(t,2))
1 2 1 2 10 1 2 1 2 10
which contains a division. So for the index into W2 to be an integer, D_w(IND(t,1),IND(t,2)) would have to be an non-zero integer exact integer multiple of D(IND(t,1),IND(t,2)) . That condition is not impossible, but it is something I would tend to doubt.

### Yago Veloso (view profile)

on 6 Oct 2017
Edited by Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 6 Oct 2017

Hi everyone! I get the same error in my code, I'm trying to connect a function to my main code, where the function supply my code with all variables of my system equation solution.
Below is part of my main code where I found this error:
[Y1des]= ANN (Z1,e1,s1,D);
[ ac, ao, at_coluna, kp, r1, r2, L, vj, ro_ar, visc_ar, k_ar, RA, P, t_ar, Tar_e, T_ar_ext, Urel_e, Urel, Uabs_e, cps, ro_p_ap, hparede, cal_lat, cpar, cpl, cpv, ro_p, dp, Ubs, u, Rep1, Nu, hp1, St, Rep2, hw1, e, ae1, aet, X1, t_seg, X, ae, hp, hw, d_xp, tt,z]= variaveis (h, Y1des, hi, uar, t_min);
[G ,u, Pvse, Pve, UAEsat, UAE, He]= prop_ar (ro_ar,uar,ac, ao, at_coluna,t_ar, Tar_e, Urel_e, P);
[vl, mg, mss]= prop_leito (ro_p_ap,ro_p,ro_ar,ac,hi,vj);
%%%Initial condition
Tp(1)= 298.15;
Tar_s(1)= Tar_e - ((1-exp(-X(1)))*(Tar_e-Tp(1)));
tar_s(1) = Tar_s(1)-273.15;
Here is the error message
Subscript indices must either be real positive
integers or logicals.
Error in Dif_finitas_plus_ANN (line 44)
Tar_s(1)= Tar_e -
((1-exp(-X(1)))*(Tar_e-Tp(1)));
Thanks for the help !!

Image Analyst

### Image Analyst (view profile)

on 6 Oct 2017
Start a new question for this. Don't tack it on here.
Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 6 Oct 2017
I suspect you accidentally named a variable "exp"
Yago Veloso

### Yago Veloso (view profile)

on 6 Oct 2017
Walter Roberson, thanks for the help! That's what was causing the error.

### MarkusP (view profile)

on 5 Feb 2018
Edited by MarkusP

### MarkusP (view profile)

on 5 Feb 2018

hello guys, maybe someone of you is able to help me...I tried to fix my problem with the solution above but it wasn`t possible.
I get the same error message if I`m runnung the following skript. The skript is for solving a problem with methods of characteristic.
l=1;
d=0.01;
rho=1000;
f=0.1;
a=1;
p0=2e3;
v0=(p0*2*d/(l*rho*f))^0.5;
n=101;
h=l/(n-1);
v(1:n)=v0;
p(1)=p0;
for i=2:n
p(i)=p(i-1)-f*rho*v0^2*h/(2*d);
end
dt=h/a;
tmax=3;
itmax=tmax/dt;
fhr=f*h/(2*a*d);
for it=1:itmax
t=it*dt;
for i=2:n-1
pa=p(i-1);
pb=p(i+1);
va=v(i-1);
vb=v(i+1);
pc(i)=a/2*((pa+pb)/a+rho*(va-vb)+fhr*(vb*abs(vb)-va*abs(va)));
vc(i)=0.5*((pa-pb)/(a*rho)+va+vb-fhr*(vb*abs(vb)+va*abs(va)));
end
pc(1)=p0;
vb=v(2);
pb=p(2);
vc(1)=vb+(pc(1)-pb)/(a*rho)-fhr*vb*abs(vb);
vc(n)=v0*valve(t);
va=v(n-1);
pa=p(n-1);
pc(n)=pa-rho*a(vc(n)-va)+f*h*rho/(2*d)*va*abs(va); %%error is in this line
vres(it,1:n)=vc(1:n);
pres(it,1:n)=pc(1:n);
p=pc;
v=vc;
end
My valve(t) function looks like this:
function vrel = valve(t)
if t<.1
vrel=1;
else
vrel=exp(-10*(t-.1));
end
Here is the error message:
Subscript indices must either be real positive integers or logicals.
Error in MOCwaterhammer (line 45)
pc(n)=pa-rho*a(vc(n)-va)+f*h*rho/(2*d)*va*abs(va);
Thanks for you help!

### Torsten (view profile)

on 5 Feb 2018
Edited by Torsten

### Torsten (view profile)

on 5 Feb 2018

You forgot a multiplication sign:
pc(n)=pa-rho*a->*<-here(vc(n)-va)+f*h*rho/(2*d)*va*abs(va);
Best wishes
Torsten.

MarkusP

### MarkusP (view profile)

on 5 Feb 2018
Oh the solution can be so simple...
Thank you so much!

### Francisca Belart (view profile)

on 30 Aug 2018

just using round()solved it for me.Thanks sooo much!

### Hamza saeed khan (view profile)

on 21 Dec 2018

I think it may help. I myself remove (t) from c(t) and m(t) as follows:
clc
close all
clear all
%let values we asigned as followed
A1=4
A2=2
f1=5
f2=6
t=0.1:0.001:1
c=20*A1*cos(2*pi)*f1
m=12*A2*cos(2*pi)*f2
y=c*m
plot(y,t,'r')
xlabel('c(t)')
ylabel('m(t)')
grid on
Best wishes Hamza Pakistani lol