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islocalmax

Find local maxima

Description

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TF = islocalmax(A) returns a logical array whose elements are 1 (true) when a local maximum is detected in the corresponding element of A.

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TF = islocalmax(A,dim) specifies the dimension of A to operate along. For example, islocalmax(A,2) finds local maximum of each row of a matrix A.

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TF = islocalmax(___,Name,Value) specifies parameters in addition to any of the input argument combinations in previous syntaxes for finding local maxima using one or more name-value arguments. For example, islocalmax(A,'SamplePoints',t) finds local maxima of A with respect to the time stamps contained in the time vector t.

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[TF,P] = islocalmax(___) also returns the prominence corresponding to each element of A.

Examples

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Compute and plot the local maxima of a vector of data.

x = 1:100;
A = (1-cos(2*pi*0.01*x)).*sin(2*pi*0.15*x);
TF = islocalmax(A);
plot(x,A,x(TF),A(TF),'r*')

Figure contains an axes object. The axes object contains 2 objects of type line.

Create a matrix of data, and compute the local maxima for each row.

A = 25*diag(ones(5,1)) + rand(5,5);
TF = islocalmax(A,2)
TF = 5x5 logical array

   0   0   1   0   0
   0   1   0   0   0
   0   0   1   0   0
   0   1   0   1   0
   0   1   0   0   0

Compute the local maxima of a vector of data relative to the time stamps in the vector t. Use the MinSeparation parameter to compute maxima that are at least 45 minutes apart.

t = hours(linspace(0,3,15));
A = [2 4 6 4 3 7 5 6 5 10 4 -1 -3 -2 0];
TF = islocalmax(A,'MinSeparation',minutes(45),'SamplePoints',t);
plot(t,A,t(TF),A(TF),'r*')

Figure contains an axes object. The axes object contains 2 objects of type line.

Specify a method for indicating consecutive maxima values.

Compute the local maxima of data that contains consecutive maxima values. Indicate the maximum of each flat region based on the first occurrence of that value.

x = 0:0.1:5;
A = min(0.75, sin(pi*x));
TF1 = islocalmax(A,'FlatSelection','first');
plot(x,A,x(TF1),A(TF1),'r*')

Figure contains an axes object. The axes object contains 2 objects of type line.

Indicate the maximum of each flat region with all occurrences of that value.

TF2 = islocalmax(A,'FlatSelection','all');
plot(x,A,x(TF2),A(TF2),'r*')

Figure contains an axes object. The axes object contains 2 objects of type line.

Select maxima based on their prominence.

Compute the local maxima of a vector of data and their prominence, and then plot them with the data.

x = 1:100;
A = peaks(100);
A = A(50,:);
[TF1,P] = islocalmax(A);
P(TF1)
ans = 1×2

    1.7703    3.5548

plot(x,A,x(TF1),A(TF1),'r*')
axis tight

Figure contains an axes object. The axes object contains 2 objects of type line.

Compute only the most prominent maximum in the data by specifying a minimum prominence requirement.

TF2 = islocalmax(A,'MinProminence',2);
plot(x,A,x(TF2),A(TF2),'r*')
axis tight

Figure contains an axes object. The axes object contains 2 objects of type line.

Input Arguments

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Input data, specified as a vector, matrix, multidimensional array, table, or timetable.

Operating dimension, specified as a positive integer scalar. If no value is specified, then the default is the first array dimension whose size does not equal 1.

Consider an m-by-n input matrix, A:

  • islocalmax(A,1) computes local maxima according to the data in each column of A and returns an m-by-n matrix.

    islocalmax(A,1) column-wise operation

  • islocalmax(A,2) computes local maxima according to the data in each row of A and returns an m-by-n matrix.

    islocalmax(A,2) row-wise operation

For table or timetable input data, dim is not supported and operation is along each table or timetable variable separately.

Name-Value Arguments

Specify optional pairs of arguments as Name1=Value1,...,NameN=ValueN, where Name is the argument name and Value is the corresponding value. Name-value arguments must appear after other arguments, but the order of the pairs does not matter.

Before R2021a, use commas to separate each name and value, and enclose Name in quotes.

Example: TF = islocalmax(A,'MinProminence',2)

Data Options

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Sample points, specified as a vector of sample point values or one of the options in the following table when the input data is a table. The sample points represent the x-axis locations of the data, and must be sorted and contain unique elements. Sample points do not need to be uniformly sampled. The vector [1 2 3 ...] is the default.

When the input data is a table, you can specify the sample points as a table variable using one of these options:

Option for Table InputDescriptionExamples
Variable name

A character vector or scalar string specifying a single table variable name

'Var1'

"Var1"

Scalar variable index

A scalar table variable index

3

Logical vector

A logical vector whose elements each correspond to a table variable, where true specifies the corresponding variable as the sample points, and all other elements are false

[true false false]

Function handle

A function handle that takes a table variable as input and returns a logical scalar, which must be true for only one table variable

@isnumeric

vartype subscript

A table subscript generated by the vartype function that returns a subscript for only one variable

vartype('numeric')

Note

This name-value argument is not supported when the input data is a timetable. Timetables use the vector of row times as the sample points. To use different sample points, you must edit the timetable so that the row times contain the desired sample points.

Example: islocalmax(A,'SamplePoints',0:0.1:10)

Example: islocalmax(T,'SamplePoints',"Var1")

Table variables to operate on, specified as one of the options in this table. The DataVariables value indicates which variables of the input table to examine for local maxima. The data type associated with the indicated variables must be numeric or logical.

The first output TF contains false for variables not specified by DataVariables unless the value of OutputFormat is 'tabular'.

OptionDescriptionExamples
Variable name

A character vector or string scalar specifying a single table variable name

'Var1'

"Var1"

Vector of variable names

A cell array of character vectors or string array, where each element is a table variable name

{'Var1' 'Var2'}

["Var1" "Var2"]

Scalar or vector of variable indices

A scalar or vector of table variable indices

1

[1 3 5]

Logical vector

A logical vector whose elements each correspond to a table variable, where true includes the corresponding variable and false excludes it

[true false true]

Function handle

A function handle that takes a table variable as input and returns a logical scalar

@isnumeric

vartype subscript

A table subscript generated by the vartype function

vartype("numeric")

Example: islocalmax(T,'DataVariables',["Var1" "Var2" "Var4"])

Output data type, specified as one of these values:

  • 'logical' — For table or timetable input data, return the output TF as a logical array.

  • 'tabular' — For table input data, return the output TF as a table. For timetable input data, return the output TF as a timetable.

For vector, matrix, or multidimensional array input data, OutputFormat is not supported.

Example: islocalmax(T,'OutputFormat','tabular')

Extrema Detection Options

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Minimum prominence, specified as a nonnegative scalar. islocalmax returns only local maxima whose prominence is at least the value specified.

Prominence window, specified as a positive integer scalar, a two-element vector of positive integers, a positive duration scalar, or a two-element vector of positive durations. The value defines a window of neighboring points for which to compute the prominence for each local maximum.

When the window value is a positive integer scalar k, then the window is centered about each local maximum and contains k-1 neighboring elements. If k is even, then the window is centered about the current and previous elements. If a local maximum is within a flat region, then islocalmax treats the entire flat region as the center point of the window.

When the value is a two-element vector of positive integers[b f], then the window contains the local maximum, b elements backward, and f elements forward. If a local maximum is within a flat region, then the window starts b elements before the first point of the region and ends f elements after the last point of the region.

When the input data is a timetable or SamplePoints is specified as a datetime or duration vector, the window value must be of type duration, and the window is computed relative to the sample points.

Flat region indicator for when a local maximum value is repeated consecutively, specified as one of these values:

  • 'center' — Indicate only the center element of a flat region as the local maximum. The element of TF corresponding to the center of the flat is 1, and is 0 for the remaining flat elements.

  • 'first' — Indicate only the first element of a flat region as the local maximum. The element of TF corresponding to the start of the flat is 1, and is 0 for the remaining flat elements.

  • 'last' — Indicate only the last element of a flat region as the local maximum. The element of TF corresponding to the end of the flat is 1, and is 0 for the remaining flat elements.

  • 'all' — Indicate all the elements of a flat region as the local maxima. The elements of TF corresponding to all parts of the flat are 1.

When using the MinSeparation or MaxNumExtrema name-value arguments, flat region points are jointly considered a single maximum point.

Minimum separation between local maxima, specified as a nonnegative scalar. The separation value is defined in the same units as the sample points vector, which is [1 2 3 ...] by default. When the separation value is greater than 0, islocalmax selects the largest local maximum and ignores all other local maxima within the specified separation. This process is repeated until there are no more local maxima detected.

When the sample points vector has type datetime, the separation value must have type duration.

Maximum number of maxima, specified as a positive integer scalar. islocalmax finds no more than the specified number of the most prominent maxima, which is the length of the operating dimension by default.

Output Arguments

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Local maxima indicator, returned as a vector, matrix, multidimensional array, table, or timetable.

TF is the same size as A unless the value of OutputFormat is 'tabular'. If the value of OutputFormat is 'tabular', then TF only has variables corresponding to the DataVariables specified.

Data Types: logical

Prominence, returned as a vector, matrix, multidimensional array, table, or timetable.

  • If P is a vector, matrix, or multidimensional array, P is the same size as A.

  • If P is a table or timetable, P is the same height as A and only has variables corresponding to the DataVariables specified.

If the input data has a signed or unsigned integer type, then P is an unsigned integer.

More About

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Prominence of Local Maximum

The prominence of a local maximum (or peak) measures how the peak stands out with respect to its height and location relative to other peaks.

To measure the prominence of a peak, first extend a horizontal line from the peak. Find where the line intersects the data on the left and on the right, which will either be another peak or the end of the data. Mark these locations as the outer endpoints of the left and right intervals. Next, find the lowest valley in both intervals. Take the larger of these two valleys, and measure the vertical distance from that valley to the peak. This distance is the prominence.

For a vector x, the largest prominence is at most max(x)-min(x).

Extended Capabilities

Version History

Introduced in R2017b

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