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Re: at-sign in function call

From: David Bateman
Subject: Re: at-sign in function call
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2006 15:17:52 +0200
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Wolfgang Lindner wrote:

>David Bateman schrieb:
>>>[MU, R, J] = nlinfit(k, x, @constMu, anfMu)
>>>Q: what is the meaning of @?
>>This is a function handle.
>>>  What are your recommendations?
>>use a newer version of octave..
>Thank you David,
>I see there is rapid progess - and I had say good bye to my brave old friend 
>octave 2.1.50/win .. at least for using handles.
>Please, would someone be so kind and give me a link, where I can find good 
>about the concept/idea/surplus and use of 'function handle'?
>Googling I get only hits about MatLAB-handles .. is that ok for octave's @?
The only thing that an octave function handle can't do that a matlab one
can do at the moment is the scoping of variables passed to an anonymous
function handle that is

a = 1.;
f = @(x) x +a;

will create an anonymous function handle with a resolved to 1 at the
time of the handles creation, while in octave the scope happens at the
time of the evaluation and so this will in fact
cause an error.. So effectively this limits octave to having constants
and known arguments in anonymous function handles only. A workaround for
octave is

a = 1.;
eval(sprintf("f = @(x) x + %g;", a);

we also can't load/save function handles to matlab files, but can to
octave files. Therefore most of what you read at

will be valid.


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