4.2.4 WHERE Statement and Construct

The WHERE statement and construct let you use masked array assignment, which performs an array operation on selected elements. This kind of assignment applies a logical test to an array on an element-by-element basis.

The WHERE statement takes the following form:

WHERE (mask-expr1) assign-stmt

The WHERE construct takes the following form:

[name:] WHERE (mask-expr1)
[ELSEWHERE (mask-expr2) [name]
END WHERE [name]

mask-expr1, mask-expr2
Are logical array expressions (called mask expressions).

Is an assignment statement of the form: array variable = array expression.

Is the name of the WHERE construct.

Is one of the following:

Rules and Behavior

If a construct name is specified in a WHERE statement, the same name must appear in the corresponding END WHERE statement. The same construct name can optionally appear in any ELSEWHERE statement in the construct. (ELSEWHERE cannot specify a different name.)

In each assignment statement, the mask expression, the variable being assigned to, and the expression on the right side, must all be conformable. Also, the assignment statement cannot be a defined assignment.

Only the WHERE statement (or the first line of the WHERE construct) can be labeled as a branch target statement.

The following is an example of a WHERE statement:

DIMENSION A(5), B(5), C(5)
DATA A /0,1,1,1,0/
DATA B /10,11,12,13,14/
C = -1

WHERE(A .NE. 0) C = B / A

The resulting array C contains: -1,11,12,13, and -1.

The assignment statement is only executed for those elements where the mask is true. Think of the mask expression as being evaluated first into a logical array that has the value true for those elements where A is positive. This array of trues and falses is applied to the arrays A, B and C in the assignment statement. The right side is only evaluated for elements for which the mask is true; assignment on the left side is only performed for those elements for which the mask is true. The elements for which the mask is false do not get assigned a value.

In a WHERE construct, the mask expression is evaluated first and only once. Every assignment statement following the WHERE is executed as if it were a WHERE statement with "mask-expr1" and every assignment statement following the ELSEWHERE is executed as if it were a WHERE statement with ".NOT. mask-expr1". If ELSEWHERE specifies "mask-expr2", it is executed as "(.NOT. mask-expr1) .AND. mask-expr2" during the processing of the ELSEWHERE statement.

You should be careful if the statements have side effects, or modify each other or the mask expression.

The following is an example of the WHERE construct:

  TEMP = TEMP - 10.0

The mask is applied to the arguments of functions on the right side of the assignment if they are considered to be elemental functions. Only elemental intrinsics are considered elemental functions. Transformational intrinsics, inquiry intrinsics, and functions or operations defined in the subprogram are considered to be nonelemental functions.

Consider the following example using LOG, an elemental function:

WHERE(A .GT. 0)  B = LOG(A)

The mask is applied to A, and LOG is executed only for the positive values of A. The result of the LOG is assigned to those elements of B where the mask is true.

Consider the following example using SUM, a nonelemental function:

DIMENSION A(10,10), B(10)
WHERE(B .GT. 0.0)  B = SUM(A, DIM=1)

Since SUM is nonelemental, it is evaluated fully for all of A. Then, the assignment only happens for those elements for which the mask evaluated to true.

Consider the following example:

DIMENSION A(10,10), B(10), C(10)
WHERE(C .GT. 0.0)  B = SUM(LOG(A), DIM=1)/C

Because SUM is nonelemental, all of its arguments are evaluated fully regardless of whether they are elemental or not. In this example, LOG(A) is fully evaluated for all elements in A even though LOG is elemental. Notice that the mask is applied to the result of the SUM and to C to determine the right side. One way of thinking about this is that everything inside the argument list of a nonelemental function does not use the mask, everything outside does.

For More Information:

For details on a generalized form of masked array assignment, see Section 4.2.5.

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