what is the error with my code

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Mostafa Anwar
Mostafa Anwar on 3 Jun 2021
Edited: Adam Danz on 8 Jun 2021
N = 4;
x = [ 3 4 5 6 ];
for k = 0 : N-1
for n=0:N-1
sum = sum + x.*(exp(-1*1i*2*pi*k.*n/N));
end
end
stem(sum)

Answers (2)

Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 3 Jun 2021
Edited: Adam Danz on 8 Jun 2021
> what is the error with my code
The error is,
N = 4;
x = [ 3 4 5 6 ];
for k = 0 : N-1
for n=0:N-1
sum = sum + x.*(exp(-1*1i*2*pi*k.*n/N));
% ^^^ ERROR
end
end
Error using sum
Not enough input arguments.
stem(sum)
What is causing the error (the question you intended to ask)?
sum() is a very commonly used Matlab function.
You're using it as a variable name but Matlab doesn't know it's a variable name because you haven't declared it as a variable by assiging a value to it.
Solution
Don't use sum as a variable name.

Mahaveer Singh
Mahaveer Singh on 3 Jun 2021
% give the initial value of sum.
% like sum=0 (initial vlue of sum)
N = 4;
x = [ 3 4 5 6 ];
sum=0;
for k = 0 : N-1
for n=0:N-1
sum = sum + x.*(exp(-1*1i*2*pi*k.*n/N));
end
end
stem(y)
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Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 3 Jun 2021
Edited: Adam Danz on 3 Jun 2021
Even if this is within its own function workspace, I advise against using sum as a variable name.
  1. It's a very commonly used Matlab function.
  2. It makes the code more difficult to read because when people see sum they expected it to be the function.

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