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Array: Difference between <missing> and [] ??

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Josy M
Josy M on 9 Jul 2020
Commented: madhan ravi on 9 Jul 2020
Hello Guys,
Whats the difference between:
  • "s" and 's'
  • <missing> and []
How can i create such fields?


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Answers (2)

Apoorv Singh
Apoorv Singh on 9 Jul 2020
's' is a char array where "s" denotes a string.
[] is an empty array. You can find more info on <missing> here


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Steven Lord
Steven Lord on 9 Jul 2020
For your first question, see the "Text in String and Character Arrays" Topic on this documentation page.
For the second, missing returns a scalar value (and so you can store it in an element of a normal array) while [] returns a 0-by-0 value (and so trying to include it in an array may fail because of size mismatches.)
x = [1 missing; 3 4] % works, result is 2-by-2
y = [1 []; 3 4] % fails because row 1 would have 1 element and row 2 would have 2 elements

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madhan ravi
madhan ravi on 9 Jul 2020
Yes so they are stored as a cell array in those fields.

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