Table look-up in two dimensions (matrix/file)

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Bivariate constant, bilinear or bivariate Akima interpolation of a two-dimensional table. The grid points and function values are stored in a matrix "table[i,j]", where:

  • the first column "table[2:,1]" contains the u1 grid points,
  • the first row "table[1,2:]" contains the u2 grid points,
  • the other rows and columns contain the data to be interpolated.


           |       |       |       |
           |  1.0  |  2.0  |  3.0  |  // u2
       1.0 |  1.0  |  3.0  |  5.0  |
       2.0 |  2.0  |  4.0  |  6.0  |
     // u1
   is defined as
      table = [0.0,   1.0,   2.0,   3.0;
               1.0,   1.0,   3.0,   5.0;
               2.0,   2.0,   4.0,   6.0]
   If, e.g., the input u1 is 1.0, input u2 is 1.0 and smoothness is LinearSegments, the output y is 1.0,
       e.g., the input u1 is 2.0, input u2 is 1.5 and smoothness is LinearSegments, the output y is 3.0.
  • The interpolation interval is found by a binary search where the interval used in the last call is used as start interval.
  • Via parameter smoothness it is defined how the data is interpolated:
      smoothness = 1: Bilinear interpolation
                 = 2: Bivariate Akima interpolation: Smooth interpolation by bicubic Hermite
                      splines such that der(y) is continuous, also if extrapolated.
                 = 3: Constant segments
                 = 4: Fritsch-Butland interpolation: Not supported
                 = 5: Steffen interpolation: Not supported
  • Values outside of the table range, are computed by extrapolation according to the setting of parameter extrapolation:
      extrapolation = 1: Hold the first or last values of the table,
                         if outside of the table scope.
                    = 2: Extrapolate by using the derivative at the first/last table
                         points if outside of the table scope.
                         (If smoothness is LinearSegments or ConstantSegments
                         this means to extrapolate linearly through the first/last
                         two table points.).
                    = 3: Periodically repeat the table data (periodical function).
                    = 4: No extrapolation, i.e. extrapolation triggers an error
  • If the table has only one element, the table value is returned, independent of the value of the input signal.
  • If the input signal u1 or u2 is outside of the defined interval, the corresponding value is also determined by linear interpolation through the last or first two points of the table.
  • The grid values (first column and first row) have to be strictly increasing.

The table matrix can be defined in the following ways:

  1. Explicitly supplied as parameter matrix "table", and the other parameters have the following values:
       tableName is "NoName" or has only blanks,
       fileName  is "NoName" or has only blanks.
  2. Read from a file "fileName" where the matrix is stored as "tableName". Both text and MATLAB MAT-file format is possible. (The text format is described below). The MAT-file format comes in four different versions: v4, v6, v7 and v7.3. The library supports at least v4, v6 and v7 whereas v7.3 is optional. It is most convenient to generate the MAT-file from FreeMat or MATLAB® by command
       save tables.mat tab1 tab2 tab3
    or Scilab by command
       savematfile tables.mat tab1 tab2 tab3
    when the three tables tab1, tab2, tab3 should be used from the model.
    Note, a fileName can be defined as URI by using the helper function loadResource.
  3. Statically stored in function "usertab" in file "usertab.c". The matrix is identified by "tableName". Parameter fileName = "NoName" or has only blanks. Row-wise storage is always to be preferred as otherwise the table is reallocated and transposed. See the Tables package documentation for more details.

When the constant "NO_FILE_SYSTEM" is defined, all file I/O related parts of the source code are removed by the C-preprocessor, such that no access to files takes place.

If tables are read from a text file, the file needs to have the following structure ("-----" is not part of the file content):

double table2D_1(3,4)   # comment line
0.0  1.0  2.0  3.0  # u[2] grid points
1.0  1.0  3.0  5.0
2.0  2.0  4.0  6.0

double table2D_2(4,4)   # comment line
0.0  1.0  2.0  3.0  # u[2] grid points
1.0  1.0  3.0  5.0
2.0  2.0  4.0  6.0
3.0  3.0  5.0  7.0

Note, that the first two characters in the file need to be "#1" (a line comment defining the version number of the file format). Afterwards, the corresponding matrix has to be declared with type (= "double" or "float"), name and actual dimensions. Finally, in successive rows of the file, the elements of the matrix have to be given. The elements have to be provided as a sequence of numbers in row-wise order (therefore a matrix row can span several lines in the file and need not start at the beginning of a line). Numbers have to be given according to C syntax (such as 2.3, -2, +2.e4). Number separators are spaces, tab (\t), comma (,), or semicolon (;). Several matrices may be defined one after another. Line comments start with the hash symbol (#) and can appear everywhere. Text files should either be ASCII or UTF-8 encoded, where UTF-8 encoded strings are only allowed in line comments and an optional UTF-8 BOM at the start of the text file is ignored. Other characters, like trailing non comments, are not allowed in the file. The matrix elements are interpreted in exactly the same way as if the matrix is given as a parameter. For example, the first column "table2D_1[2:,1]" contains the u[1] grid points, and the first row "table2D_1[1,2:]" contains the u[2] grid points.

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Parameters (10)


Value: false

Type: Boolean

Description: = true, if table is defined on file or in function usertab


Value: fill(0.0, 0, 2)

Type: Real[:,:]

Description: Table matrix (grid u1 = first column, grid u2 = first row; e.g., table=[0, 0; 0, 1])


Value: "NoName"

Type: String

Description: Table name on file or in function usertab (see docu)


Value: "NoName"

Type: String

Description: File where matrix is stored


Value: true

Type: Boolean

Description: = true, if info message that file is loading is to be printed


Value: Modelica.Blocks.Types.Smoothness.LinearSegments

Type: Smoothness

Description: Smoothness of table interpolation


Value: Modelica.Blocks.Types.Extrapolation.LastTwoPoints

Type: Extrapolation

Description: Extrapolation of data outside the definition range


Value: false

Type: Boolean

Description: = true, if warning messages are to be printed if table input is outside the definition range


Value: getTable2DAbscissaUmin(tableID)

Type: Real[2]

Description: Minimum abscissa value defined in table


Value: getTable2DAbscissaUmax(tableID)

Type: Real[2]

Description: Maximum abscissa value defined in table

Connectors (3)


Type: RealInput

Description: Connector of Real input signal 1


Type: RealInput

Description: Connector of Real input signal 2


Type: RealOutput

Description: Connector of Real output signal

Components (1)


Type: ExternalCombiTable2D

Description: External table object