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Parse function inputs



parse(p,argList) parses and validates the inputs in arglist.


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Create an input parser scheme that checks that a required input is a nonnegative, numeric scalar. The syntax @(x) creates a handle to an anonymous function with one input.

p = inputParser;
argName = 'num';
validationFcn = @(x) (x > 0) && isnumeric(x) && isscalar(x);

Parse an invalid input, such as -1:

The value of 'num' is invalid. It must satisfy the function: @(x)(x>0)&&isnumeric(x)&&isscalar(x).

Parse and validate required and optional function inputs.

Create a function in the file findArea.m. The findArea function requires the width input argument and accepts a variable number of additional inputs. The input parser scheme specifies these argument conditions:

  • width (required argument). Since required arguments are positional, width must be the first argument to the findArea function. The input parser checks that width is positive, scalar, and numeric.

  • height (optional argument). Since optional arguments are positional, if height is an argument to the findArea function, then it must be the second argument. The input parser checks that height is positive, scalar, and numeric.

  • 'units' and its associated value (name-value pair). Name-value pairs are optional. When you call the findArea function, specify name-value pairs in any order after positional arguments. The input parser checks that the value for 'units' is a string.

  • 'shape' and its associated value (another name-value pair). The input parser checks that the value for 'shape' is contained in the expectedShapes array.

function a = findArea(width,varargin)
   defaultHeight = 1;
   defaultUnits = 'inches';
   defaultShape = 'rectangle';
   expectedShapes = {'square','rectangle','parallelogram'};

   p = inputParser;
   validScalarPosNum = @(x) isnumeric(x) && isscalar(x) && (x > 0);
                 @(x) any(validatestring(x,expectedShapes)));
   a = p.Results.width*p.Results.height; 

Call the findArea function several times. The input parser does not throw an error for any of these function calls.

a = findArea(7);
a = findArea(7,3);
a = findArea(13,'shape','square');
a = findArea(13,'units',"miles",'shape','square');

Call the function with arguments that do not match the input parser scheme. Specify a nonnumeric value for the width input:

a = findArea('text')
Error using findArea (line 14)
The value of 'width' is invalid. It must satisfy the function: @(x)isnumeric(x)&&isscalar(x)&&(x>0).

Specify an unsupported value for 'shape'.

a = findArea(4,12,'shape','circle')
Error using findArea (line 14)
The value of 'shape' is invalid. Expected input to match one of these values:

'square', 'rectangle', 'parallelogram'

The input, 'circle', did not match any of the valid values.

Input Arguments

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Input parser scheme, specified as an inputParser object.

Inputs to parse and validate, specified as a comma-separated list. The elements of argList can be any data type. The input parser determines argument validity using the validation function you specified when you added arguments to the input parser scheme.

Example: 'textA',13,mtxB

Example: varargin{:}

Extended Capabilities

Thread-Based Environment
Run code in the background using MATLAB® backgroundPool or accelerate code with Parallel Computing Toolbox™ ThreadPool.

Version History

Introduced in R2007a