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# Simple if statement question

Asked by JP on 19 Jun 2013

Hi, just getting the hang of the basics of MATLAB and had a quick easy question. I have a variable defined as a string and I want to use an if statement on two parts of the string seperately.

EX.

Astr = '123456789'

if Astr(2:4,5:7) == '234','567'

```    x = 5
end```

Of course I am hoping x = 5 would appear when I run this, but it gets an error on the 'if' line. Let me know how to accomplish this!

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Answer by the cyclist on 19 Jun 2013
Edited by the cyclist on 19 Jun 2013

You are pretty much inventing your own syntax here, and MATLAB won't understand that. :-)

One way to perform this test is

```Astr = '123456789'
if strcmp(Astr(2:4),'234') && strcmp(Astr(5:7),'567')
x = 5;
end
```

The string comparison command that I used here is better than using "==" (which is more appropriate for numeric comparisons).

## 1 Comment

lvn on 19 Jun 2013

Or shorter, use strcmp(Astr([2:4,5:7]), '234567' )

Answer by JP on 19 Jun 2013

Thanks very much! Yes I figured I was inventing a few things when doing that haha