Is there way to easily change the value of multiple values using a for loop?

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Nick on 14 Nov 2021
Answered: Sahil Jain on 17 Nov 2021
This is hard for me to explain, but I was wondering if there was a way to use a for loop to simlify this code. My problem is that I dont know how I could call the specific variable in the for loop that is needed to be changed.
My Code:
if isempty(k1_exact)
k1_exact = -1;
end
if isempty(k2_exact)
k2_exact = -2;
end
if isempty(k1_U)
k1_U = -3;
end
if isempty(k1_L)
k1_L = -4;
end
if isempty(k2_U)
k2_U = -5;
end
if isempty(k2_L)
k2_L = -6;
end

Sahil Jain on 17 Nov 2021
Hi Nick. You can try using the "eval" function for your purpose. The following code snippet demonstrates how you may go about it.
variables = ["k1_exact", "k2_exact", "k1_U", "k1_L", "k2_U", "k2_L"];
for i=1:length(variables)
eval(strcat(variables(i), "=-", num2str(i)))
end
k1_exact = -1
k2_exact = -2
k1_U = -3
k1_L = -4
k2_U = -5
k2_L = -6
For every variable, we first create a string of the assignment expression. We then pass this string to the "eval" function to execute the operation.

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