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ARG function

From: John Eaton
Subject: ARG function
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 1995 11:20:59 -0500

Eyal Doron <address@hidden> wrote:

:    Anybody have an idea why this function is called "arg"? In MATLAB
: it is called "phase". Why this needless incompatibility?

In the version of Matlab that I have access to, there is no function
called phase:

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  >> phase
  ??? Undefined function or variable phase.

  >> help phase

  phase not found.

Maybe you are thinking of angle(), not phase():

  >> help angle

   ANGLE  Phase angle.
          ANGLE(H) returns the phase angles, in radians, of a matrix with
          complex elements.  

          See also ABS, UNWRAP.

Octave has both arg() and angle() (they do the same thing).  I think I
chose the name arg() because that's what the function is called by
a number of mathematicians.



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