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Topic: The syntax of MATLAB is inconsistent
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Bruno Luong

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Re: The syntax of MATLAB is inconsistent
Posted: May 16, 2013 3:18 AM
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<kzelechowski@e3tech.local> wrote in message <5194852e$0$1215$>...
> % Consider:
> z .a = 0;
> % There is a space between z and the period too. Nevertheless, MATLAB does
> NOT assume that z is a function.
> % If that is consistent, I do not know what is not.

Hightight of the doc

In general, when MATLAB recognizes an identifier (which might name a function or a variable), it analyzes the characters that follow the identifier to determine the type of expression, as follows:

An equal sign (=) implies assignment. For example:

ls =d

So the syntax interpretation of "z .a =" as assignment is defined and documented. It is then consistent.


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