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How do I create a MATLAB function from some symbolic variables and a structure of symbolic variables?

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Manuel Coccia
Manuel Coccia on 9 Feb 2021
Commented: Manuel Coccia on 24 Mar 2021
Hi everyone, and thanks in advance for the replies.
My code start like this:
x = {'X','Y','vx','vy'};
mystruct.a = sym('a',[1,2],'real');
mystruct.b = sym('b',[1,2],'real');
M = [x(1),x(2);mystruct.a(1),mystruct.b(1)];
What I want is to generate in the current folder a .m function file like this:
function M = myfunction(x,mystruct)
X = x(1);
Y = x(2);
a1 = mystruct.a(1);
b1 = mystruct.b(1);
M = [X,Y;a1,b1];
namely, in which its inputs are exactly (x,mystruct) and not (X,Y,a1,b1).
I tried to use the "matlabFunction" command in this way:
but it doesn't work because 'Vars' does not accept a struct (like mystruct). Does anyone knows how to overcome this problem or can propose me other approaches?

Answers (1)

Ananya Tewari
Ananya Tewari on 22 Mar 2021
I understand that you want your inputs to be (x,mystruct) for 'Vars' field matlabFunction().
The 'vars' field of matlabFunction() only accepts character vector, 1-d cell array of character vector or array of symbolic variables. Structres are not accepted by the 'Vars' field.
Here is a workaround for the above given code:
Rather than using structure we can use array of symbolic variables
x = {'X','Y','vx','vy'};
% creating two sym variables rather than structure
a = sym('a',[1,2],'real');
b = sym('b',[1,2],'real');
% creating array for the sym variables
y = [a(1) b(1)];
M = [x(1),x(2);y(1),y(2)];
matlabFunction(M,'file','myfunction','Vars',{x, y},'output',{'M'});
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Manuel Coccia
Manuel Coccia on 24 Mar 2021
Thank for your reply.
Yes, I want to create a function with input x and mystruct.
Unfortunately, I cannot replace the structure mystruct with an array of symbolic variables, because this structure is utilized in many other parts of my code. Also a compromise solution like this:
y = [mystruct.a(1),mystruct.b(1)] % (*)
M = [x(1),x(2);y(1),y(2)];
matlabFunction(M,'file','myfunction','Vars',{x, y},'output',{'M'});
cannot be performed because mystruct is too big in my real code to do the step (*) manually.
So, since the matlabFunction() command has this limitation, do you know other approaches to solve the problem?
Thanks again.

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