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## Logical Operators

MATLAB® offers three types of logical operators and functions:

• Element-wise — operate on corresponding elements of logical arrays.

• Bit-wise — operate on corresponding bits of integer values or arrays.

• Short-circuit — operate on scalar, logical expressions.

The values returned by MATLAB logical operators and functions, with the exception of bit-wise functions, are of type logical and are suitable for use with logical indexing.

### Element-Wise Operators and Functions

The following logical operators and functions perform element-wise logical operations on their inputs to produce a like-sized output array.

The examples shown in the following table use vector inputs A and B, where

```A = [0 1 1 0 1];
B = [1 1 0 0 1];
```

Operator

Description

Example

&

Returns 1 for every element location that is true (nonzero) in both arrays, and 0 for all other elements.

A & B = 01001

|

Returns 1 for every element location that is true (nonzero) in either one or the other, or both arrays, and 0 for all other elements.

A | B = 11101

~

Complements each element of the input array, A.

~A = 10010

xor

Returns 1 for every element location that is true (nonzero) in only one array, and 0 for all other elements.

xor(A,B) = 10100

For operators and functions that take two array operands, (&, |, and xor), both arrays must have equal dimensions, with each dimension being the same size. The one exception to this is where one operand is a scalar and the other is not. In this case, MATLAB tests the scalar against every element of the other operand.

 Note   MATLAB converts any finite nonzero, numeric values used as inputs to logical expressions to logical 1, or true.

You can overload the &, |, and ~ operators to make their behavior dependent upon the class on which they are being used. Each of these operators has a representative function that is called whenever that operator is used. These are shown in the table below.

Logical Operation

Equivalent Function

A & B

and(A, B)

A | B

or(A, B)

~A

not(A)

#### Other Array Functions

Two other MATLAB functions that operate logically on arrays, but not in an element-wise fashion, are any and all. These functions show whether any or all elements of a vector, or a vector within a matrix or an array, are nonzero.

When used on a matrix, any and all operate on the columns of the matrix. When used on an N-dimensional array, they operate on the first nonsingleton dimension of the array. Or, you can specify an additional dimension input to operate on a specific dimension of the array.

The examples shown in the following table use array input A, where

```A = [0   1   2;
0  -3   8;
0   5   0];
```

Function

Description

Example

any(A)

Returns 1 for a vector where any element of the vector is true (nonzero), and 0 if no elements are true.

any(A) ans = 0 1 1

all(A)

Returns 1 for a vector where all elements of the vector are true (nonzero), and 0 if all elements are not true.

all(A) ans = 0 1 0

 Note   The all and any functions ignore any NaN values in the input arrays.

#### Short-Circuiting in element-wise Operators

When used in the context of an if or while expression, and only in this context, the element-wise | and & operators use short-circuiting in evaluating their expressions. That is, A|B and A&B ignore the second operand, B, if the first operand, A, is sufficient to determine the result.

So, although the statement 1|[] evaluates to false, the same statement evaluates to true when used in either an if or while expression:

```A = 1;   B = [];
if(A|B) disp 'The statement is true',  end;
The statement is true```

while the reverse logical expression, which does not short-circuit, evaluates to false

`if(B|A) disp 'The statement is true',  end;`

Another example of short-circuiting with element-wise operators shows that a logical expression such as the following, which under most circumstances is invalid due to a size mismatch between A and B,

```A = [1 1];   B = [2 0 1];
A|B        % This generates an error.
```

works within the context of an if or while expression:

```if (A|B) disp 'The statement is true',  end;
The statement is true```

#### Logical Expressions Using the find Function

The find function determines the indices of array elements that meet a given logical condition. The function is useful for creating masks and index matrices. In its most general form, find returns a single vector of indices. This vector can be used to index into arrays of any size or shape.

For example,

```A = magic(4)
A =
16    2    3   13
5   11   10    8
9    7    6   12
4   14   15    1

i = find(A > 8);
A(i) = 100
A =
100    2    3  100
5  100  100    8
100    7    6  100
4  100  100    1
```
 Note   An alternative to using find in this context is to index into the matrix using the logical expression itself. See the example below.

The last two statements of the previous example can be replaced with this one statement:

```A(A > 8) = 100;
```

You can also use find to obtain both the row and column indices of a rectangular matrix for the array values that meet the logical condition:

```A = magic(4)
A =
16    2    3   13
5   11   10    8
9    7    6   12
4   14   15    1

[row, col] = find(A > 12)
row =
1
4
4
1
col =
1
2
3
4
```

### Bit-Wise Functions

The following functions perform bit-wise logical operations on integer inputs. Inputs may be scalar or in arrays. If in arrays, these functions produce a like-sized output array.

The examples shown in the following table use scalar inputs A and B, where

```A = 28;               % binary 00011100
B = 21;               % binary 00010101
```

Function

Description

Example

bitand

Returns the bit-wise AND of two integer arguments.

bitand(A,B) = 20 (binary 00010100)

bitor

Returns the bit-wise OR of two integer arguments.

bitor(A,B) = 29 (binary 00011101)

bitcmp

Returns the bit-wise complement, assuming the second argument specifies the integer data type of the first argument. By default, MATLAB treats double values as uint64 integers.

bitcmp(A,'int8') = -29 (binary 11100011)

bitxor

Returns the bit-wise exclusive OR of two integer arguments.

bitxor(A,B) = 9 (binary 00001001)

### Short-Circuit Operators

The following operators perform AND and OR operations on logical expressions containing scalar values. They are short-circuit operators in that they evaluate their second operand only when the result is not fully determined by the first operand.

Operator

Description

&&

Returns logical 1 (true) if both inputs evaluate to true, and logical 0 (false) if they do not.

||

Returns logical 1 (true) if either input, or both, evaluate to true, and logical 0 (false) if they do not.

The statement shown here performs an AND of two logical terms, A and B:

```A && B
```

If A equals zero, then the entire expression will evaluate to logical 0 (false), regardless of the value of B. Under these circumstances, there is no need to evaluate B because the result is already known. In this case, MATLAB short-circuits the statement by evaluating only the first term.

A similar case is when you OR two terms and the first term is true. Again, regardless of the value of B, the statement will evaluate to true. There is no need to evaluate the second term, and MATLAB does not do so.

You can use the short-circuit operators to evaluate an expression only when certain conditions are satisfied. For example, you want to execute a function only if the function file resides on the current MATLAB path.

Short-circuiting keeps the following code from generating an error when the file, myfun.m, cannot be found:

```comp = (exist('myfun.m') == 2) && (myfun(x) >= y)
```

Similarly, this statement avoids attempting to divide by zero:

```x = (b ~= 0) && (a/b > 18.5)
```

You can also use the && and || operators in if and while statements to take advantage of their short-circuiting behavior:

```if (nargin >= 3) && (ischar(varargin{3}))
```