You create function arguments for a MATLAB Function block
by entering them in its function header in the MATLAB Function Block
Editor. When you define arguments, the Simulink^{®} software creates
corresponding ports on the MATLAB Function block that
you can attach to signals. You can select a *data type mode* for
each argument that you define for a MATLAB Function block.
Each data type mode presents its own set of options for selecting
a *data type*.

By default, the data type mode for MATLAB Function block
function arguments is **Inherited**. This means
that the function argument inherits its data type from the incoming
or outgoing signal. To override the default type, you first choose
a data type mode and then select a data type based on the mode.

To specify the type of a MATLAB Function block function argument:

From the MATLAB Function Block Editor, select

**Edit Data**to open the Ports and Data Manager.In the left pane, select the argument of interest.

In the

**Data**properties dialog box (right pane), click the Show data type assistant button to display the Data Type Assistant. Then, choose an option from the**Mode**drop-down menu.The

**Data**properties dialog box changes dynamically to display additional fields for specifying the data type associated with the mode.Based on the mode you select, specify a desired data type:

Mode What to Specify `Inherit`

(default)You cannot specify a value. The data type is inherited from previously-defined data, based on the scope you selected for the MATLAB Function block function argument: If scope is

**Input**, data type is inherited from the input signal on the designated port.If scope is

**Output**, data type is inherited from the output signal on the designated port.If scope is

**Parameter**, data type is inherited from the associated parameter, which can be defined in the Simulink masked subsystem or the MATLAB^{®}workspace.

`Built in`

Select from the drop-down list of supported data types, as described in Built-In Data Types for Arguments. `Fixed point`

Specify the fixed-point data properties as described in Specifying Fixed-Point Designer Data Properties.

`Expression`

Enter an expression that evaluates to a data type, as described in Specifying Argument Types with Expressions. `Bus Object`

In the **Bus object**field, enter the name of a`Simulink.Bus`

object to define the properties of a MATLAB structure. You must define the bus object in the base workspace. See How Structure Inputs and Outputs Interface with Bus Signals.### Note

You can click the

**Edit**button to create or modify`Simulink.Bus`

objects using the Simulink Bus Editor (see Attach Bus Signals to MATLAB Function Blocks.`Enumerated`

In the Enumerated field, enter the name of a `Simulink.IntEnumType`

object that you define in the base workspace. See Code Generation for Enumerations.

MATLAB Function block function arguments can inherit their data types, including fixed point types, from the signals to which they are connected.

Select the argument of interest in the Ports and Data Manager

In the

**Data**properties dialog, select`Inherit: Same as Simulink`

from the**Type**drop-down menu.

See Built-In Data Types for Arguments for a list of supported data types.

An argument can also inherit its complexity (whether its value
is a real or complex number) from the signal that is connected to
it. To inherit complexity, set the **Complexity** field
on the **Data** properties dialog to **Inherited**.

After you build the model, the **Compiled
Type** column of the Ports and Data Manager gives the actual
type inherited from Simulink in the compiled simulation application.

The inherited type of output data is inferred from diagram actions
that store values in the specified output. In the preceding example,
the variables `mean`

and `stdev`

are
computed from operations with double operands, which yield results
of type `double`

. If the expected type matches the
inferred type, inheritance is successful. In all other cases, a mismatch
occurs during build time.

Library MATLAB Function blocks can have inherited data types, sizes, and complexities like ordinary MATLAB Function blocks. However, all instances of the library block in a given model must have inputs with the same properties.

When you select **Built-in** for **Data
type mode**, the **Data** properties
dialog displays a **Data type** field that provides
a drop-down list of supported data types. You can also choose a data
type from the **Data Type** column in the Ports and
Data Manager. The supported data types are:

Data Type | Description |
---|---|

| 64-bit double-precision floating point |

| 32-bit single-precision floating point |

| 32-bit signed integer |

| 16-bit signed integer |

| 8-bit signed integer |

| 32-bit unsigned integer |

| 16-bit unsigned integer |

| 8-bit unsigned integer |

| Boolean (1 = |

You can specify the types of MATLAB Function block function arguments as expressions in the Ports and Data Manager.

Select

`<data type expression>`

from the**Type**drop-down menu of the Data properties dialog.In the

**Type**field, replace “” with an expression that evaluates to a data type. The following expressions are allowed:`<data type expression>`

Alias type from the MATLAB workspace, as described in

`Simulink.AliasType`

.`fixdt`

function to create a`Simulink.NumericType`

object describing a fixed-point or floating-point data type`type`

operator, to base the type on previously defined data

MATLAB Function blocks can represent signals and parameter values as fixed-point numbers. To simulate models that use fixed-point data in MATLAB Function blocks, you must install the Fixed-Point Designer™ product on your system.

You can set the following fixed-point properties:

**Signedness.** Select whether you want the fixed-point
data to be `Signed`

or `Unsigned`

.
Signed data can represent positive and negative quantities. Unsigned
data represents positive values only. The default is `Signed`

.

**Word length.** Specify the size (in bits) of the
word that will hold the quantized integer. Large word sizes represent
large quantities with greater precision than small word sizes. Word
length can be any integer between 0 and 128 bits. The default is 16.

**Scaling.** Specify the method for scaling your fixed point data to avoid overflow conditions and minimize
quantization errors. You can select the following scaling modes:

Scaling Mode | Description |
---|---|

`Binary point` (default) |
If you select this mode, the Data Type Assistant displays the
Binary points can be positive or negative integers. A positive integer moves the binary point left of the rightmost bit by that amount. For example, an entry of 2 sets the binary point in front of the second bit from the right. A negative integer moves the binary point further right of the rightmost bit by that amount, as in this example:
The default is 0. |

`Slope and bias` |
If you select this mode, the Data Type Assistant displays fields for entering
the Slope can be any *positive*real number. The default is 1.0.Bias can be any real number. The default value is 0.0.
You can enter slope and bias as expressions that contain parameters defined in the MATLAB workspace. |

You should use binary-point scaling whenever possible to simplify the implementation of fixed-point data in generated code. Operations with fixed-point data using binary-point scaling are performed with simple bit shifts and eliminate the expensive code implementations required for separate slope and bias values.

**Data type override.** Specify whether the data type
override setting is `Inherit`

(default) or `Off`

.

**Calculate Best-Precision Scaling.** The Simulink software
can automatically calculate “best-precision” values
for both `Binary point`

and```
Slope
and bias
```

scaling, based on the Limit range properties
you specify.

To automatically calculate best precision scaling values:

Specify

**Minimum**,**Maximum**, or both Limit range properties.Click

**Calculate Best-Precision Scaling**.

The Simulink software calculates the scaling values, then
displays them in either the **Fraction Length**,
or **Slope** and **Bias** fields.

The Limit range properties do not apply to `Constant`

or `Parameter`

scopes.
Therefore, Simulink cannot calculate best-precision scaling for
these scopes.

**Fixed-point Details.** You can view the following
Fixed-point details:

Fixed-point Detail | Description |
---|---|

Representable maximum | The maximum number that can be represented by the chosen data type, sign, word length and fraction length (or data type, sign, slope and bias). |

Maximum | The maximum value specified. |

Minimum | The minimum value specified. |

Representable minimum | The minimum number that can be represented by the chosen data type, sign, word length and fraction length (or data type, sign, slope and bias). |

Precision | The precision for the given word length and fraction length (or slope and bias). |

If you set the Data Type Override mode to `Double`

or `Single`

in Simulink,
the MATLAB Function block sets the type of all inherited
input signals and parameters to `fi double`

or ```
fi
single
```

objects respectively (see MATLAB Function Block with Data Type Override (Fixed-Point Designer) for
more information). You must check the data types of your inherited
input signals and parameters and use the Ports and Data Manager (see Ports and Data Manager) to set explicit
types for any inputs that should not be fixed-point. Some operations,
such as `sin`

, are not applicable to fixed-point
objects.

If you do not set the correct input types explicitly, you may encounter compilation problems after setting Data Type Override.