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inline

Construct inline object

inline will be removed in a future release. Use Anonymous Functions instead.

Syntax

inline(expr)
inline(expr,arg1,arg2,...)
inline(expr,n)

Description

inline(expr) constructs an inline function object from the MATLAB® expression contained in the string expr. The input argument to the inline function is automatically determined by searching expr for an isolated lower case alphabetic character, other than i or j, that is not part of a word formed from several alphabetic characters. If no such character exists, x is used. If the character is not unique, the one closest to x is used. If two characters are found, the one later in the alphabet is chosen.

inline(expr,arg1,arg2,...) constructs an inline function whose input arguments are specified by the strings arg1, arg2,.... Multicharacter symbol names may be used.

inline(expr,n) where n is a scalar, constructs an inline function whose input arguments are x, P1, P2, ... .

Examples

Example 1

This example creates a simple inline function to square a number.

g = inline('t^2')
g =

     Inline function:
     g(t) = t^2

You can convert the result to a string using the char function.

char(g)

ans =

t^2

Example 2

This example creates an inline function to represent the formula f = 3sin(2x2). The resulting inline function can be evaluated with the argnames and formula functions.

f = inline('3*sin(2*x.^2)')

f =
     Inline function:
     f(x) = 3*sin(2*x.^2)

argnames(f)

ans = 
    'x'

formula(f)
ans =

3*sin(2*x.^2)

Example 3

This call to inline defines the function f to be dependent on two variables, alpha and x:

f = inline('sin(alpha*x)')

f =
     Inline function:
     f(alpha,x) = sin(alpha*x)

If inline does not return the desired function variables or if the function variables are in the wrong order, you can specify the desired variables explicitly with the inline argument list.

g = inline('sin(alpha*x)','x','alpha')

g =

     Inline function:
     g(x,alpha) = sin(alpha*x)

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Tips

Three commands related to inline allow you to examine an inline function object and determine how it was created.

char(fun) converts the inline function into a character array. This is identical to formula(fun).

argnames(fun) returns the names of the input arguments of the inline object fun as a cell array of strings.

formula(fun) returns the formula for the inline object fun.

A fourth command vectorize(fun) inserts a . before any ^, * or /' in the formula for fun. The result is a vectorized version of the inline function.

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