Oh, as a note, in the fprintf of the second program, I altered the %5.5f\d to %5.5f\n.

# What causes this variation?

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Hey all, I've got to nearly identical programs, and one of them works while the other doesn't. When I run:

data = csvread('data_n.csv');

assert (mod(size(data, 1), 1) == 0, ...

'Input data must have an integer multiple of 1 rows');

assert (size(data, 2) == 6, ...

'Input data must have exactly six columns.');

y = data(:,1);

n0 = data(:,2);

R = data(:,3);

k = data(:,4);

n2 = data(:,5);

k2 = data(:,6);

R=(((n0-(n-1i.*k))./(n0+(n-1i.*k)))+(((n-1i.*k)-(n2-1i.*k2))./((n-1i.*k)+(n2-1i.*k2))).*(exp(-2.*1i.*(2.*pi./y).*(n-1i.*k).*120))./(1+((n0-(n-1i.*k))./(n0+(n-1i.*k))).*(((n-1i.*k)-(n2-1i.*k2))./((n-1i.*k)+(n2-1i.*k2))).*(exp(-2.*1i.*(2.*pi./y).*(n-1i.*k).*120))));

fid=fopen('results_n.csv','w');

fprintf(fid, '%5.5f\n', n);

fclose(fid);

I get an output in my .csv file of all the n values for the data set, and they're all fairly accurate. When I run this code, however:

data = csvread('data_d.csv');

assert (mod(size(data, 1), 1) == 0, ...

'Input data must have an integer multiple of 1 rows');

assert (size(data, 2) == 6, ...

'Input data must have exactly six columns.');

y = data(:,1);

n0 = data(:,2);

R = data(:,3);

n = data(:,4);

n2 = data(:,5);

k2 = data(:,6);

k = 0;

R=(((n0-(n-1i.*k))./(n0+(n-1i.*k)))+(((n-1i.*k)-(n2-1i.*k2))./((n-1i.*k)+(n2-1i.*k2))).*(exp(-2.*1i.*(2.*pi./y).*(n-1i.*k).*d))./(1+((n0-(n-1i.*k))./(n0+(n-1i.*k))).*(((n-1i.*k)-(n2-1i.*k2))./((n-1i.*k)+(n2-1i.*k2))).*(exp(-2.*1i.*(2.*pi./y).*(n-1i.*k).*d))));

fid=fopen('results_d.csv','w');

fprintf(fid, '%5.5f\d', d);

fclose(fid);

I get this error:

>> run d_solve

??? Error using ==> fprintf

Function is not defined for 'sym' inputs.

Error in ==> d_solve at 29

fprintf(fid, '%5.5f\d', d);

Error in ==> run at 74

evalin('caller',[script ';']);

As far as I can tell, there isn't any relevant difference between how the variables being output are treated, but I guess that's why I'm asking, right? Any ideas?

Thanks.

### Answers (1)

Walter Roberson
on 16 Feb 2012

Neither version of the program can function. In the first version, you have no definition of "n" before you use it in "R" and try to print its value in the fprintf(). In the second version, you have no definition of "d" befire you use it in "R" and try to print its value in the fprintf().

In both versions you assign R = data(:,3) but then you overwrite R with a complicated expression.

The values being written, n and d, have no relevance to anything before that point in the programs.

The behavior you are seeing would be consistent with you having initialized "n" to a numeric value before running the first version, but having used

syms d

before the second version.

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