Modulo in MATLAB

Modulo in MATLAB

This tutorial demonstrates the modulo operation in MATLAB.

Modulo Operation in MATLAB

Modulo is a math operation used to find the remainder when one integer is divided by another. It is represented by % and usually abbreviated as mod.

For example, there are two integers, a and b:

a mod b = r

Where the a is the dividend, the b is the modulus or divisor, and the r is the remainder.

The modulo is considered a part of Modular Arithmetic and Cryptography, which concerns the operation like wrap around when calculation reaches a modulus value. Modular arithmetic is fundamental in cryptography, where modulo operations are used with an extensive amount of modulus.

In MATLAB, there is a method for modulo to find the remainder after the division:

r = mod(a,b)

Where a is the dividend, b is the divisor, and the r is the remainder.

The function used to perform the modulo operation can be represented as:

r = a - b.*floor(a./b)

The mod() function with mod(a,0) will follow the convention and return a.

Let us try examples for modulo in MATLAB.

Modulo Operation With Scalar Values

r = mod(51,7)

The remainder using the modulo operation is:

r =

     2

Modulo Operation With Vector Values

a = 2:9;
b = 7;
r = mod(a,b)

The remainders using the modulo operation on vector are:

r =

     2     3     4     5     6     0     1     2

Modulo Operation With Positive and Negative Values

a = [-6 -3 5 6];
b = 7;
r = mod(a,b)

The remainders using the modulo operation on positive and negative values are:

r =

     1     4     5     6

Modulo Operation With Negative Divisor

a = [-6 -3 5 6];
b = -7;
r = mod(a,b)

The remainders using the modulo operation on negative divisor are:

r =

    -6    -3    -2    -1

Modulo Operation With Floating Point Values

theta = [0.0 3.5 5.9 6.2 9.0 4*pi];
b = 7*pi;
r = mod(theta,b)

The remainders using the modulo operation on floating points values are:

r =

         0    3.5000    5.9000    6.2000    9.0000   12.5664
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