LeonelG - 1 year ago 90
C Question

# How to sum two rows of a 2D array element by element like a sum of vectors in C language?

I would like to know if there is any simple way to sum two rows of a 2D array in C without using a loop. I got the following sample code in the main function

``````for (i = 0; i < 3; i++) {
(*A)[i] = drand48();
(*B)[i] = drand48();
}
``````

I'm using two pointers (A and B) to an array of length 3, and after initializing them with random numbers I want to sum them in a single sentence (like a vector sum). Let C be another pointer to an array of length 3. I have tried

``````(*C) = (*A) + (*B);
``````

But I'm getting an error with that. In fortran, one can do it simply by putting:

``````C = A + B
``````

Assuming A, B, and C are arrays of the same length, and both A and B are initilized. Or, if we want to sum two rows of a 2Darray, we can put:

``````C = A(i,:) + A(j,:)
``````

which sum the row i to the row j.

So, there's a analogous way in C??

There are several things you should understand: First, fortran compiles a loop for you, so when its code runs it is still looping through the data. Second, an optimizer might do some work for you by "un-rolling" the loop. You could write your code that essentially unrolls a small loop, as:

``````  for (i = 0; i < 2; i++) {

C[i][0] = A[i][0] + B[i][0];
C[i][1] = A[i][1] + B[i][1];
C[i][2] = A[i][2] + B[i][2];

}
``````

However, the same number of adds is still executed whether you code in Fortran, Matlab (a vector oriented language) or C (with or without loop unrolling).

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