working with an array pointer in a recursive function

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H, I want to create a recursive function that gets an image matrix and turns it into a quadtree array. so i figured the best way to do this is with a recursive function. so this is what i came up with:
function [void] = ConstrucQuadtree( A,n,QuadtreeArray,index )
%ConstrucQuadtree constructs a quadtree array from a greyscale image matrix
%A recursively
if (n=1)
QuadtreeArray(i)=A;
index=index+1;
else
ConstrucQuadtree(A(0:n/2,0:n/2),length(A(0:n/2,0:n/2),QuadtreeArray,index);
ConstrucQuadtree(A(0:n/2,n/2:),length(A(0:n/2,n/2:n),QuadtreeArray,index);
ConstrucQuadtree(A(n/2:n,0:n/2),length(A(n/2:n,0:n/2),QuadtreeArray,index);
ConstrucQuadtree(A(n/2:n,n/2:n),length(A(n/2:n,n/2:n),QuadtreeArray,index);
end
end
since i never worked with recursive functions in MATLAB i have a few questions : 1. how do i return void ? (i guess what i wrote in my code is illegal) 2. how do i work with pointers? (both index and QuadtreeArray are supposed to change from one recursion to another.
thanks

Accepted Answer

Daniel Shub
Daniel Shub on 8 Nov 2012
If you want to return "void" you simply do not return anything ...
function ConstrucQuadtree( A,n,QuadtreeArray,index )
MATLAB is lazy and passes pointers around when it can and only allocates new memory when necessary. For your purposes if instead you return QuadtreeArray and index, MATLAB will not allocate new memory. It i important that you return a variable of the same name as the input ...
function [QuadtreeArray, index] = ConstrucQuadtree( A,n,QuadtreeArray,index )
and then modify your code to accept the returned arguments. Something like ...
[QuadtreeArray, index] = ConstrucQuadtree(A(0:n/2,0:n/2),length(A(0:n/2,0:n/2),QuadtreeArray,index);
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Itzik Ben Shabat
Itzik Ben Shabat on 8 Nov 2012
thanks! worked great! (aside from a small indexing problem, forgot that the array starts from 1 and not 0... ) :)

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