# plus, +

Add numbers, append strings

## Syntax

## Description

`C = `

adds
arrays `A`

+ `B`

`A`

and `B`

by adding corresponding
elements. If one input is a string array, then `plus`

appends the
corresponding elements as strings.

The sizes of `A`

and `B`

must be the same or be
compatible. If the sizes of
`A`

and `B`

are compatible, then the two
arrays implicitly expand to match each other. For example, if one of
`A`

or `B`

is a scalar, then the scalar is
combined with each element of the other array. Also, vectors with different
orientations (one row vector and one column vector) implicitly expand to form a
matrix.

## Examples

### Add Scalar to Array

Create an array, `A`

, and add a scalar value to it.

A = [0 1; 1 0]; C = A + 2

`C = `*2×2*
2 3
3 2

The scalar value is added to each entry of `A`

.

### Append Strings

Create two 1-by-3 string arrays, then append similarly located strings in the arrays.

s1 = ["Red" "Blue" "Green"]

`s1 = `*1x3 string*
"Red" "Blue" "Green"

s2 = ["Truck" "Sky" "Tree"]

`s2 = `*1x3 string*
"Truck" "Sky" "Tree"

s = s1 + s2

`s = `*1x3 string*
"RedTruck" "BlueSky" "GreenTree"

### Add Two Arrays

Create two arrays, `A`

and `B`

, and add them together.

A = [1 0; 2 4]; B = [5 9; 2 1]; C = A + B

`C = `*2×2*
6 9
4 5

The elements of `A`

are added to the corresponding elements of `B`

.

### Add Row and Column Vectors

Create a 1-by-2 row vector and 3-by-1 column vector and add them.

a = 1:2; b = (1:3)'; a + b

`ans = `*3×2*
2 3
3 4
4 5

The result is a 3-by-2 matrix, where each (i,j) element in the matrix is equal to a`(j) + b(i)`

:

$$\mathit{a}=\left[{\mathit{a}}_{1}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{\mathit{a}}_{2}\right],\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathit{b}=\left[\begin{array}{c}{\mathit{b}}_{1}\\ {\mathit{b}}_{2}\\ {\mathit{b}}_{3}\end{array}\right],\text{\hspace{0.17em}\hspace{0.17em}\hspace{0.17em}\hspace{0.17em}\hspace{0.17em}\hspace{0.17em}\hspace{0.17em}\hspace{0.17em}\hspace{0.17em}\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathit{a}+\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathit{b}=\left[\begin{array}{cc}{\mathit{a}}_{1}+\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{\mathit{b}}_{1}& {\mathit{a}}_{2}+\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{\mathit{b}}_{1}\\ {\mathit{a}}_{1}+\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{\mathit{b}}_{2}& {\mathit{a}}_{2}+\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{\mathit{b}}_{2}\\ {\mathit{a}}_{1}+\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{\mathit{b}}_{3}& {\mathit{a}}_{2}+\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{\mathit{b}}_{3}\end{array}\right].$$

### Add Vector to Matrix

Create an array, `A`

, and add a column vector to it. The vector is treated as though it is a matrix of the same size as `A`

, so that each element in the vector is added to a row in `A`

.

A = [1 2 3; 4 5 6]

`A = `*2×3*
1 2 3
4 5 6

b = [10; 100]

`b = `*2×1*
10
100

A + b

`ans = `*2×3*
11 12 13
104 105 106

## Input Arguments

`A`

, `B`

— Operands

scalars | vectors | matrices | multidimensional arrays

Operands, specified as scalars, vectors, matrices, or multidimensional
arrays. Inputs `A`

and `B`

must either be
the same size or have sizes that are compatible (for example,
`A`

is an `M`

-by-`N`

matrix and `B`

is a scalar or
`1`

-by-`N`

row vector). For more
information, see Compatible Array Sizes for Basic Operations.

If one input is a string array, then the other input can be numeric, character, string, or a cell array. In this case,

`plus`

converts the non-string input into a string array and then appends corresponding elements of the inputs.Operands with an integer data type cannot be complex.

If one input is a

`datetime`

array,`duration`

array, or`calendarDuration`

array, then numeric values in the other input are treated as a number of 24-hour days.

**Data Types: **`single`

| `double`

| `int8`

| `int16`

| `int32`

| `int64`

| `uint8`

| `uint16`

| `uint32`

| `uint64`

| `logical`

| `char`

| `string`

| `datetime`

| `duration`

| `calendarDuration`

**Complex Number Support: **Yes

## Tips

For appending text,

`plus`

only operates on string arrays. Use the`append`

function to append text in character vectors or cell arrays.

## Extended Capabilities

### Tall Arrays

Calculate with arrays that have more rows than fit in memory.

This function fully supports tall arrays. For more information, see Tall Arrays.

### C/C++ Code Generation

Generate C and C++ code using MATLAB® Coder™.

Usage notes and limitations:

If you use

`plus`

with single type and double type operands, the generated code might not produce the same result as MATLAB^{®}. See Binary Element-Wise Operations with Single and Double Operands (MATLAB Coder).

### GPU Code Generation

Generate CUDA® code for NVIDIA® GPUs using GPU Coder™.

### HDL Code Generation

Generate Verilog and VHDL code for FPGA and ASIC designs using HDL Coder™.

Inputs cannot be data type `logical`

.

### Thread-Based Environment

Run code in the background using MATLAB® `backgroundPool`

or accelerate code with Parallel Computing Toolbox™ `ThreadPool`

.

This function fully supports thread-based environments. For more information, see Run MATLAB Functions in Thread-Based Environment.

### GPU Arrays

Accelerate code by running on a graphics processing unit (GPU) using Parallel Computing Toolbox™.

Usage notes and limitations:

64-bit integers are not supported.

For more information, see Run MATLAB Functions on a GPU (Parallel Computing Toolbox).

### Distributed Arrays

Partition large arrays across the combined memory of your cluster using Parallel Computing Toolbox™.

This function fully supports distributed arrays. For more information, see Run MATLAB Functions with Distributed Arrays (Parallel Computing Toolbox).

## Version History

**Introduced before R2006a**

### R2020b: Implicit expansion change affects `calendarDuration`

, `datetime`

, and `duration`

arrays

Starting in R2020b, `plus`

supports implicit expansion when the
arguments are `calendarDuration`

, `datetime`

, or
`duration`

arrays. Between R2020a and R2016b, implicit
expansion was supported only for numeric and string data types.

### R2016b: Implicit expansion change affects arguments for operators

Starting in R2016b with the addition of implicit expansion, some combinations of arguments for basic operations that previously returned errors now produce results. For example, you previously could not add a row and a column vector, but those operands are now valid for addition. In other words, an expression like `[1 2] + [1; 2]`

previously returned a size mismatch error, but now it executes.

If your code uses element-wise operators and relies on the errors that MATLAB previously returned for mismatched sizes, particularly within a `try`

/`catch`

block, then your code might no longer catch those errors.

For more information on the required input sizes for basic array operations, see Compatible Array Sizes for Basic Operations.

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