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bug #49072: assigning double arrays to cell arrays: matlab incompatibility?

Submitter:  None
Submitted:  Mon 12 Sep 2016 06:39:44 PM UTC
Category:  Interpreter Severity:  1 - Wish
Priority:  1 - Later Item Group:  Feature Request
Status:  Wont Fix Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Originator Email:  -email is unavailable-
Open/Closed:  * Closed Release:  * dev
Operating System:  * Any
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Fri 12 Nov 2021 03:40:18 AM UTC, comment #5: 

seems there's been no interest in 5 years.  closing as Won't Fix. Can reopen if someone wants to dive into the code to figure out where to add a warning.

Nicholas Jankowski <nrjank>
Project Member
Thu 22 Sep 2016 09:15:37 PM UTC, comment #4: 

I guess that a warning could be added somewhere, without looking at any related code, lowering priority (may also be closed later as won't fix if no one reports any interest in working on this).

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
Project Administrator
Mon 19 Sep 2016 06:35:42 PM UTC, comment #3: 

Yes, c(1,:)={rand(1,2)} works in matlab, and assigns a 1x2 double to each individual cell.

Confusing about the assignment c(1,:) = rand(1,2) is that, by analogy to assigning to a numerical array, an unsuspecting user might expect c(1,1) and c(1,2) to contain a single double.

For that end you need c(1,:) = num2cell(rand(1,2)).

Maybe a warning would be nice to have, when assigning a double array to cell of same size

warning: assigning array of double to cell of same size. Did you mean to use num2cell?

Mon 12 Sep 2016 09:09:51 PM UTC, comment #2: 

Matlab probably wants the RHS of the expression in curly brackets.

Does this work in Matlab?

c = cell (2,2);
c(1,:) = {rand(1,2)}

If it does, then I would say that Octave's syntax is easier to understand and there is no reason to change it.

Rik <rik5>
Project Administrator
Mon 12 Sep 2016 07:40:29 PM UTC, comment #1: 

Thanks for the bug report. This is not an incompatibility under our usual guidelines, something which works in Matlab but doesn't work in Octave would be.

I don't know whether this is an intended feature over how Matlab cell assignment works or not.

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
Project Administrator
Mon 12 Sep 2016 06:39:44 PM UTC, original submission:  

consider the following code:

c(1,:) = rand(1,2)

Matlab will report:
Conversion to cell from double is not possible.

Octave assigns the double array to each element:
c =
  [1,1] =

     0.64712   0.93186

  [2,1] = [](0x0)
  [1,2] =

     0.64712   0.93186

  [2,2] = [](0x0)

Is this intended behavior ?



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    Follow 8 latest changes.

    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2021-11-12 nrjank StatusPostponed Wont Fix
        Open/ClosedOpen Closed
    2016-09-22 mtmiller Severity3 - Normal 1 - Wish
        Priority5 - Normal 1 - Later
        Item GroupOther Feature Request
        StatusNeed Info Postponed
    2016-09-12 mtmiller Item GroupMatlab Compatibility Other
        StatusNone Need Info

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