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Is there any way of returning an array? I have created an array that holds a series of numbers. However, i need to use this in another method which basically gets the matrix and returns it so that it can be retrieved by another class. Can this be done? I know that to an array can be passed to another method but my issue is with resepct to actually returning it so that it can be manipulated later on. I am enclosing some code so that you may understand where my problems lay. The errors that I have so far are: The method getMatrix() in the type distances is not applicable for the arguments (double[][]) Syntax error on keyword "double"; "interface", "class" expected - this is with respect to the actual method getMatrix.

public double[][] manhattan() { theSum =new int[theCount]; sum = new int [theRowCount][theCount]; /* Comparing each record attribute with the next record. The sum stores the value of the * differences between records (based on single attributes). The first for stmt looks at * one row at a time- the second for stmt the compares this row to all the other rows. * For every row comparison all the attributes are considered. NOTE: the second for stmt * starts at 2 so that the second row is considered (the first row is dealt with in the * first for stmt).*/ for (int i=1; i<theRowCount; ++i){ for (int all = 2; all<theRowCount; ++all){ for (int k=1; k<theCount; ++k)//attributes /* Carry out the calculations to work out the manhattan distance. If the attribute value being * considered of type int then an exception occurrs and is caught in the catch clause- if the 2 * values differ then the distace is equal to 1 else it is equal to 0.*/ try{ for (int c=1; c<theCount; ++c){ theSum[c]=(sum[k] - sum[all][k]); } /*Add all the attribute differences together and then square them. Stores the resulting values * in an array. */ for (int ts=0; ts<theSum.length-1; ++ts){ distance = distance + theSum [ts]; } //check to see if the result of the calculation is negative. If so, make it positive. if (distance<0){ distance = distance*distance; } } catch (NumberFormatException nfe){ if (sum[k] == sum[all][k]){ distance = 0; } else if (sum[k] == sum[all][k]){ distance =1; } }//end catch

/*Devise the matrix. For the tuples being considered ther manhattan distance is entered in the * corresponding element of the array.This produces a matrix with the same number of column as rows. * The size of the matrix changes since it stores some calculations that * have been carried out on database rows. As a result the number of rows * that the database has is called for and this determines the size of the * matrix.*/ int row1= theRowCount, row2= theCount; double [][] distanceMatrix; distanceMatrix= new double [row1][row2]; for (i=1;i<row1; ++i){ for (all = 1; all<row2; ++row2) distanceMatrix[all] =distance; getMatrix(distanceMatrix);/*The distance matrix is passed call-by-refernce*/ //return distanceMatrix;//[all]; } } }

} public double getMatrix(theDistanceMatrix[][]) { return theDistanceMatrix[j]; }

there seems to be some difference between what you are supposed to be returning from this method, and what is actually being returned. I think all of the following modified versions should work, but you will have to chose which is the one you actually need!

Here is a version that should compile. (I don't have one of the classes you are using.) But you will get some errors about loss of precision. There were many errors in this. I suggest you use an IDE for syntax checking such as Eclipse. You were missing matching parens, brackets, semicolons, you mis capilized and misspelled some of your variable names. ------------------------------ public class Clusteringclass { distances dist = new distances(); double theRow = 1; double theCoulmn =0; double newRow = 1;

public Clusteringclass(){ dist.getMatrix(); } private void obtainClusters(double distanceMatrix[][]) { for (int i=0;i<distanceMatrix.length; ++i){ for (int all = 1; all<distanceMatrix.length; ++all){ for (double checkDistanceVal = 100; (checkDistanceVal > distanceMatrix[i][all]) && (distanceMatrix[i][all] !=0) { checkDistanceVal = distanceMatrix[i][all];/*This will hold the final value ie, the value with the smallest distance.*/ double row = i; double column = all;/*These assignments ensure that the corresponding row and column numbers are stored for the shortest value.*/ } } } }

public double[][] addElement(double[][] distanceMatrix, double row, double column ){ double[][] newArray = new double [distanceMatrix.length - 1][distanceMatrix.length - 1];/*Creates a brand new array of greater length*/ for ( int i = 0; i < distanceMatrix.length; i++){ System.out.println (i+"\n"); if (i != row && i != column){/*As long as the element of distance matrix being covered is not*/ newArray[i - 1] = distanceMatrix[i];/*Assigns elements of the distance matrix to the new Array. use -1 because obviously the array size will decrease since the rows that are of the shortest distance will be amalgamated into 1. */ } } for (int i = 0; i < distanceMatrix.length; ++i){ newArray[row][column] = Math.min(distanceMatrix [row][i], distanceMatrix [column][i]); /*Puts the minimum value into the new array at the beginning.*/ ++newRow; /*Only increment the row value because going to input the new values downwards. */ } distanceMatrix = newArray; return distanceMatrix; } }