SET_THEORY
MATLAB Commands for Set Operations
SET_THEORY
is a MATLAB library which
demonstrates how settheoretic operations can be carried out,
primarily using builtin MATLAB commands.
We assume that a set is represented by a strictly ascending sequence
of positive integers. We might think of a universal set U = 1 : N
in cases where all our subsets will have elements between 1 and N.
Set theoretic operations include

definition using a numeric property: A = find ( mod ( U, 3 ) = 1 );

definition using an explicit list: A = [ 1, 3, 8];

unique: creating a set from the unique elements of a list:
A = unique ( [ 1, 3, 8, 3, 3, 1, 7, 3, 1, 1 ] );

union: C = union ( A, B );

intersection: C = intersect ( A, B );

symmetric difference: C = setxor ( A, B );

complement with respect to the universal set: B = setdiff ( U, A );

complement with respect to another set: C = setdiff ( B, A );

cardinality: n = length ( A );

membership: true/false = ismember ( a, A );

subset: true/false = ismember ( B, A );

addition of one element: A = unique ( [ A; a ] );

deletion of one element: A = setxor ( A, a );

indexing one element: i = find ( A == a );
Licensing:
The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page
are distributed under
the GNU LGPL license.
Languages:
SET_THEORY is available in
a C version and
a C++ version and
a FORTRAN77 version and
a FORTRAN90 version and
a MATLAB version.
Related Data and Programs:
COMBO,
a MATLAB library which
handles combinatorial problems, by Kreher and Stinson;
SUBSET,
a MATLAB library which
ranks, unranks, and generates random subsets, combinations, permutations, and so on;
Reference:

Charles Pinter,
Set Theory,
AddisonWesley, 1971,
LC: QA248.P55.
Source Code:
Examples and Tests:
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the MATLAB source codes.
Last revised on 14 August 2011.