The Language of Technical Computing
This example shows how to use the output of one MATLAB® function as an input to another. This ability to specify a function's output as an input of another function serves a wide variety of purposes. Here we illustrate its use for finding zeros, optimization, and integration.
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A MATLAB function is a file that starts with the keyword function. This is what the function HUMPS looks like:
function [out1,out2] = humps(x) %HUMPS A function used by QUADDEMO, ZERODEMO and FPLOTDEMO. % Y = HUMPS(X) is a function with strong maxima near x = .3 % and x = .9. % % [X,Y] = HUMPS(X) also returns X. With no input arguments, % HUMPS uses X = 0:.05:1. % % Example: % plot(humps) % % See QUADDEMO, ZERODEMO and FPLOTDEMO. % Copyright 1984-2014 The MathWorks, Inc. if nargin==0 x = 0:.05:1; end y = 1 ./ ((x-.3).^2 + .01) + 1 ./ ((x-.9).^2 + .04) - 6; if nargout==2, out1 = x; out2 = y; else out1 = y; end
This figure shows a plot of HUMPS in the domain [0,2] using FPLOT.
The FZERO function finds a zero of a function near an initial estimate. Our initial guess for the zero of HUMPS is 1.
z = fzero(@humps,1,optimset('Display','off')); fplot(@humps,[0,2]); hold on; plot(z,0,'r*'); hold off
The FMINBND function finds the minimum of a function in a given domain. Here, we search for a minimum for HUMPS in the domain (0.25, 1).
m = fminbnd(@humps,0.25,1,optimset('Display','off')); fplot(@humps,[0 2]); hold on; plot(m,humps(m),'r*'); hold off
The INTERGRAL function finds the definite integral of HUMPS in a given domain. Here it computes the area in the domain [0.5, 1].
q = integral(@humps,0.5,1); fplot(@humps,[0,2]); title(['Area = ',num2str(q)]);