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eval and feval for reusable functions

From: John Utz
Subject: eval and feval for reusable functions
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 1996 10:43:49 -0800 (PST)


 On Tue, 29 Oct 1996, Bernt Nilsson wrote:

> Hello all,
> Is there a way to send parameters to FSOLVE like there is in MATLAB (i.e. 
> fsolve('func',...,p1,p2,p3...))?

Umm, this is not as specific an answer as i would like to give, but is has
been about a year since i last had to do this and i dont have any examples
in front of me...

        the technique for making functions that take arguments requires
using the eval() command. Unfortuneately, the help eval entry is
profoundly terse :-) :

*octave:1> help eval
* eval is a builtin function

*eval (TRY, CATCH)

*Evaluate the string TRY as octave code.  If that fails, evaluate the
*string CATCH.

but help -i eval brings up a really good discussion of how to use eval and

generally, one passes in a string or two, parses same using the octave
string commands and evals or fevals the resultant bits.

there is a bit of overhead in figuring out how to do this the first
time, but once one gets the hang of it it is a great facilitator of
reusable code.

> Bernt J Nilsson                               email : address@hidden
> FOA, Inst. 65                                   tel :    +46 8 706 3611
> S-172 90 Stockholm, Sweden                      FAX :    +46 8 706 3543

good luck!

 John Utz       address@hidden
        idiocy is the impulse function in the convolution of life

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