learning basics of Matlab

Discussion in 'Programmer's Corner' started by PG1995, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. PG1995

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Apr 15, 2011

    I have just installed Matlab and need your help to learn the basics.

    I have some experience with C++ and have written some basic programs such as adding two matrices etc. C++ provides an interaction between a user and a computer. In other words, suppose you write down a program for addition of two 2x2 matrices, and when it's run it asks the user to enter the elements of both matrices, once we are done with entering the elements, it will pop up the resultant matrix. The way my instructor, who himself is quite new to Matlab, was showing the running of Matlab it looked like Matlab doesn't provide the interaction. Do there exist things like "cin" and "cout" in Matlab? If I'm wrong, then could you please give me some simple program for addition of two 2x2 matrices so that I can play around and learn it? Thank you.

    Last edited: Sep 28, 2012
  2. panic mode

    Senior Member

    Oct 10, 2011
    Code ( (Unknown Language)):
    1. %% have following three lines at top of each matlab program
    2. clc;
    3. clear all;
    4. close all;
    6. % ask for matrix size
    7. rows=input('Number of matrix rows:');
    8. cols=input('Number of matrix columns:');
    10. % get elements of matrix A
    11. for x=1:rows
    12.     for y=1:cols
    13.        A(x,y)=input(strcat('A(',num2str(x),',',num2str(y),')='));        
    14.     end    
    15. end
    17. disp(' '); % just line break
    19. % get elements of matrix B
    20. for x=1:rows
    21.     for y=1:cols
    22.        B(x,y)=input(strcat('B(',num2str(x),',',num2str(y),')='));        
    23.     end    
    24. end
    26. disp(' '); % line break
    28. C=A+B; % add two matrices
    30. disp(C); % display result


    1. line can but does not have to end with semicolon, semicolon just hides output of that line
    2. comments are % and %%
    3. there is TONS of tutorials and code samples online
    4. always write code in Editor, if you need to test it use breakpoints and stepping through
    5. good idea is to clear everything at begin of each file (clear all variables, remove all graphs, etc.)
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2012
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  3. panic mode

    Senior Member

    Oct 10, 2011
    6. strings are enclosed in single quotes
    7. converting number to string is through num2str
    8. concatenating strings is done through strcat('abc', 'def','ghijkl');
    9. transposed matrix is indicated by apostrophe such as C=A'+B'
    10. unless specified, operations are matrix operations. for example multiplication etc. if needed to perform element to element operation, append dot after operator. for example

    C=A*B is matrix multiplication
    D=A*.B is element to element scalar multiplication
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  4. MrChips


    Oct 2, 2009
    Matlab can be used in the command mode or in the script mode.
    In command mode, to create a 2 x 2 matrix, just enter something like:

    a = [ 1 2 ; 3 4 ]

    and this creates:

    a =

    1 2
    3 4

    if you want to display the matrix again, just type


    You can do the same for b:

    b = [ 5 6 ; 7 8 ]

    And add the two by

    a + b


    c = a + b
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