# call different matlab function in for loop (SIMULINK)

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Johannes Wieser on 27 Jan 2022
Commented: Walter Roberson on 31 Jan 2022
Dear community,
I'm having trouble getting a function to work, that calls a different beta function depending on the interval.
The getBeta_l function is created in a Matlab script, and has a suffix depending of the specific curvenumber.
How do I call the function and link it to my simulink variable s (curvelength)
manually it would look like this:
if (0 <= s)&& (s<= R_kpi/2)
beta = getBeta_1(s);
elseif (R_kpi/2 < s)&& (s<= R_k3pi/2)
beta = getBeta_2(s);
elseif
.
.
.
.
now I'm trying to do this in a for loop, but I can't figure out, how to implement it properly...
if (0 <= s)&& (s<= R_kpi/2)
beta = getBeta_1(s);
else
for q = 2:nuc %nuc = number of curves
if (R_k(2q-3)pi/2 < s)&& (s<= R_kpi(2*q-1)/2) %Interval
filename=['getBeta_l',num2str(q)]; %get function
beta=filename(s); %call function (s)
end
end
end
Thanks for your help,
Johannes
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### Answers (2)

Udara De Silva on 27 Jan 2022
Hi Johannes,
You can use Matlab 'run' command to do this as shown below:
if (0 <= s)&& (s<= R_kpi/2)
beta = getBeta_1(s);
else
for q = 2:nuc %nuc = number of curves
if (R_k(2q-3)pi/2 < s)&& (s<= R_kpi(2*q-1)/2) %Interval
filename=['getBeta_',num2str(q)]; %get function
run([filename, '(', num2str(s), ')']); % run function
beta=ans; % assign ans to output variable
end
end
end
Best Regards,
Udara
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Udara De Silva on 29 Jan 2022
Edited: Udara De Silva on 29 Jan 2022
It seems that the error is thrown by Matlab Coder. So I assume although 'run' works in matlab it may not work in simulink. Can you try 'feval' instead of 'run'?
Johannes Wieser on 29 Jan 2022
It already fails before it gets to that line.

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Walter Roberson on 29 Jan 2022
discretize() to get an index number. Use it to index a cell array of function handles, and execute the resulting handle. No loops needed, and no if statements other than checking to be sure the input is within the bounds of discretization.
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Johannes Wieser on 29 Jan 2022
Thank you for your answer! I've looked through the documentation for discretize, but an an not sure how to implement it in my usecase.
I'm still very new to Matlab and programming.
It would be great if you could give me an example on how to use it in my usecase.
Thanks for your help!
Best regards
Johannes
Walter Roberson on 31 Jan 2022
Each time your q increases by 1, you move a "window" of width R_k further right and test to see if s is inside that window.
You could instead use
floor((s - SomeOffset)/Rk)
to directly calculate the appropriate q value. Discretization not needed.
You would have initialized
BH = {@getBeta_1, @getBeta_2, @getBeta_3 ... }
but first you would have put in an
assert(nuc <= SOME_LIMIT)
and then when you construct H, it will be either SOME_LIMIT or SOME_LIMIT+1 or SOME_LIMIT+2 entries (depending how you want to handle the boundary conditions on the two sides.) This assert() enforces that the index that gets used is no more than the maximum you configured for.
Once you have the index,
f = BH{q};
beta = f(appropriate_parameters);
Use real functions, not scripts for this purpose; Simulink cannot generate code for scripts.

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