Name-value pairs

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Milind Amga
Milind Amga on 2 Oct 2020
Commented: Chem on 9 Dec 2021
Can anyone point out the solution to the error shown below (in the end)?
Thank you in advance.
function output = name_value_pairs(varargin)
if nargin == 0 || rem(length(varargin),2) ~= 0
output = {};
for i = 1:length(varargin)
if ~ischar(varargin{i})
if ~isdouble(varargin{i}) || isfloat(varargin{i})
output = {};
output = cell(((length(varargin))/2),2);
n =1 ;
for j = 1: (length(varargin))/2
for k = 1:2
output{j,k} = varargin{n};
n = n+1;

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Ameer Hamza
Ameer Hamza on 2 Oct 2020
Edited: Ameer Hamza on 2 Oct 2020
You can use reshape
function C = name_value_pairs(varargin)
if nargin == 0 || rem(numel(varargin),2) ~= 0
C = {};
C = reshape(varargin, 2, []).';
if ~all(cellfun(@ischar, C))
C = {}
Chem on 9 Dec 2021
The code is great, it only has one small bug, when using the line ~all(cellfun(@ischar, C)) it requires all columns to be of type char, however, the problem stated says that only the first column must be of type char, so a convenient change is ~all(cellfun(@ischar, C(:,1))))

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More Answers (2)

Arthur Roué
Arthur Roué on 2 Oct 2020
isdouble is not a MATLAB function. Try this :
isa(YourVar, 'double')

Steven Lord
Steven Lord on 2 Oct 2020
if ~isdouble(varargin{i}) || isfloat(varargin{i})
Assuming there were an isdouble function doing what you would expect from the name (Arthur Roué is correct, there is no such function in MATLAB though a few objects in various other MathWorks products have methods by that name) what could cause this condition to not pass?
If varargin{i} is a double, the first part of the if condition is false so we need to evaluate the second part. The second part is true so the whole condition is true.
If varargin{i} is a single, the first part of the if condition is true so we don't need to evaluate the second part.
If varargin{i} is an int8, the first part of the if condition is true so we don't need to evaluate the second part.
About the only condition I can think of offhand where this condition could fail would be an object that overloads isdouble and isfloat to return true and false respectively. If someone's willing to go to that length to trick MATLAB, they're likely to encounter other unusual behavior.

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