# confusing regarding two cases of multiplication in MATLAB?

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ABTJ on 16 Feb 2020
Answered: Steven Lord on 16 Feb 2020
I know that in MATLAB,we use ".*" and"*" for multiplication of matrices
But when one should use only "*" and when one should also use dot with asterik ".*" ??
Especially if one operand is a scalar or 1X1 matrix and 2nd matrix is a row vector or column vector? In that case ,only asterik"*" will be sufficent?

Jesus Sanchez on 16 Feb 2020
".*" -> Element-wise multiplication
Example:
[1 2 3].*[1 2 3] = [1*1 2*2 3*3] = [1 4 9]
"*" -> Matrix multiplication
Example:
[1 2 3]*[1 2 3].' = [1*1 +2*2 +3*3] = [1+4+9] = [14]
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Image Analyst on 16 Feb 2020
In the case where one variable is a scalar, either * or .* would work, though I, and I expect most other people, use only * (without the unneeded dot).

Steven Lord on 16 Feb 2020
See this documentation page for a discussion of the difference between array operations and matrix operations, including examples showing what each does.

R2015a

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