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How can I use a vector inside an @fun?

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Hello everyone,
I want to define a function like "fun = @(x) sin(a*x)" where "a" is a vector of n dimention.
Do you have any idea?
Thank you for your support.


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Artemio Soto Breceda
Artemio Soto Breceda on 22 Oct 2019
I might not be understanding your question properly, but it looks like your code works just fine. Here is an example:
a = linspace(0,2*pi,1000); % Create a vector of dimension N = 1000 with values increasing
% linearly from 0 to 2*pi
fun = @(x) sin(a*x); % Define your function
plot(a, fun(1)); % plot 1 period of the sine wave (from 0 to 2*pi);
plot(a, fun(2)); % x = 2
plot(a, fun(4)); % x = 4
I made a a 1000 elements vector, then used your exact code to define fun, and used the new function with three different inputs. Works perfectly as you wrote it.


Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 23 Oct 2019
I agree, in the context provided, using a vector or matrix inside an anonymous function is not a problem.
The kinds of problems that can arise:
  • the majority of the time you should use the vector operations such as .* and .^ and ./ instead of * and ^ and /
  • fzero and the minimizers such as fmincon cannot work with vectors or arrays being returned: gamultiobj is the only minimizer that can work with vectors being returned
  • integral() can only deal with vectors or arrays being returned if you use the 'arrayvalued' option
  • integral2() cannot deal with vectors or arrays being returned
  • if you are using arrayfun() or cellfun() or stuctfun() then you need to use 'uniform', 0 to return non-scalars

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Joe Vinciguerra
Joe Vinciguerra on 23 Oct 2019
Assign 'a' first, then assign 'fun'. In your application I don't believe you can do it the other way around.

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