Array Comparison with Relational Operators
Relational operators compare operands quantitatively, using operators like “less than”, “greater than”, and “not equal to.” The result of a relational comparison is a logical array indicating the locations where the relation is true.
These are the relational operators in MATLAB®.
Less than or equal to
Greater than or equal to
Not equal to
The relational operators perform element-wise comparisons between two arrays. The arrays must have compatible sizes to facilitate the operation. Arrays with compatible sizes are implicitly expanded to be the same size during execution of the calculation. In the simplest cases, the two operands are arrays of the same size, or one is a scalar. For more information, see Compatible Array Sizes for Basic Operations.
For example, if you compare two matrices of the same size, then the result is a logical matrix of the same size with elements indicating where the relation is true.
A = [2 4 6; 8 10 12]
A = 2 4 6 8 10 12
B = [5 5 5; 9 9 9]
B = 5 5 5 9 9 9
A < B
ans = 1 1 0 1 0 0
Similarly, you can compare one of the arrays to a scalar.
A > 7
ans = 0 0 0 1 1 1
If you compare a
N row vector to an
1 column vector, then MATLAB expands each vector into an
N matrix before performing the comparison. The resulting matrix contains the comparison result for each combination of elements in the vectors.
A = 1:3
A = 1 2 3
B = [2; 3]
B = 2 3
A >= B
ans = 0 1 1 0 0 1
The relational operators work with arrays for which any dimension has size zero, as long as both arrays have compatible sizes. This means that if one array has a dimension size of zero, then the size of the corresponding dimension in the other array must be 1 or zero, and the size of that dimension in the output is zero.
A = ones(3,0); B = ones(3,1); A == B
ans = Empty matrix: 3-by-0
However, expressions such as
A == 
return an error if
A is not 0-by-0 or 1-by-1. This behavior is consistent with that of all other binary operators, such as
|, and so on.
To test for empty arrays, use
<=use only the real part of the operands in performing comparisons.
~=test both real and imaginary parts of the operands.
NaT, and undefined Element Comparisons
Infvalues are equal to other
NaNvalues are not equal to any other numeric value, including other
NaTvalues are not equal to any other datetime value, including other
Undefined categorical elements are not equal to any other categorical value, including other undefined elements.
Use relational operators in conjunction with the logical operators
A & B (AND),
A | B (OR),
xor(A,B) (XOR), and
~A (NOT), to string together more complex logical statements.
For example, you can locate where negative elements occur in two arrays.
A = [2 -1; -3 10]
A = 2 -1 -3 10
B = [0 -2; -3 -1]
B = 0 -2 -3 -1
A<0 & B<0
ans = 0 1 1 0
For more examples, see Find Array Elements That Meet a Condition.