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Removing outliers from data

Asked by JG
on 31 May 2019
Latest activity Edited by Adam
on 31 May 2019
How can I remove outliers of a vector where an outlier is defined as a point more than three standard deviations from the mean of the data in matlab 2R2017b? I also want to remove outliers using a 10 day moving average or a smoothed average.

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Adam
Answer by Adam
on 31 May 2019
Edited by Adam
on 31 May 2019
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threshold = 3 * std( data );
validRange = mean( data ) + [-1 1] * threshold;
dataWithoutOutliers = data( data >= validRange(1) & data <= validRange(2) );
should do the first bit, though that is typed off the top of my head, not tested.
doc movmean
should help with a moving average if you are using R2016a or later.

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JG
on 31 May 2019
Thank you for the answer Adam. The last line gives me the error: Operands to the || and && operators must be convertible to logical scalar values. How can I solve it?
Adam
on 31 May 2019
Ah, yes. I've corrected the answer now, using just a simple & to AND together non-scalar arrays.

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