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Existence of a variable

From: Daniel Tourde
Subject: Existence of a variable
Date: Fri, 08 Jan 1999 10:54:43 +0100

Hi !

I'm using a function defined like this

function F = f(a,b)
  if (b)

I want to call the function f with one or two parameters (A = f(a) or B
= f(a,b))
Then I have a problem because in the first case b is not defined and
Octave complains. I tried to use the built-in function 'exist'

I hoped that exist(b) will give me 0 or 1 as explained in the help.
Unfortunately, when I type exist(b), Octave complains and tell me that b
does not exist, which is what I want to test, the existence of the
variable b. I do not obtain the 0 value whuch would have been useful in
a test like this

if (exist(b))
   if (b) 

Does anyone has an idea about how I could solve this problem ?

Thanks in advance for any information.

Best regards

                        Daniel Tourde
Daniel TOURDE                                   E-mail : address@hidden
The Aeronautical Research Institute of Sweden   Tel : +46 8 55 54 93 44
P.O. Box 11021 S-161 11 BROMMA, Sweden          Fax : +46 8    25 34 81

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