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??? Undefined function or method 'FFT ' for input arguments of type 'char'.

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Sarah
Sarah on 10 Oct 2011
Commented: Walter Roberson on 13 Sep 2017
Heeeeey everyone,
My question is pretty general. I keep getting the following error when I try to run my simulation:
??? Undefined function or method 'FFT' for input arguments of type 'char'.
I am not sure why I am getting this error, as I am not explicitly calling on the FFT function. I did some background reading on this error type and found out that it has to do with specifying the correct path name.
The thing is, I am calling a user defined function called "fft1", which is an "altered" version of the discrete fourier transform. fft1 uses the actual fft function that is provided by MATLAB.
Can anyone help me fix my problem? I feel like I have set the path correctly, but I continue to get this error. Does it have something to do with my fft1 function?
Thanks,
Sarah

Accepted Answer

Kevin
Kevin on 10 Oct 2011
Do you have signal processing toolbox?
If so, I would recommend that you put a debug stop inside fft1 at where the function fft is called to make sure the inputs make sense. It sounds like your inputs are not correct.
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 13 Sep 2017
Sarah had a file name that had a space in the middle of it. Your .m file names must not have any spaces in the actual file name.

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 10 Oct 2011
This would probably not be caused by incorrect path names. It would be caused by trying to pass a string in to MATLAB's fft() routine as the data to be fft'd.
We do not have enough information about what fft1 does or how you are calling it in order to determine how the string got there. Kevin's suggestion to use the debugger is a good one: command
dbstop if error
and then run your program, and it will stop at the line that was the problem.
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Sarah
Sarah on 10 Oct 2011
So for example, I put:
dbstop if error;
y = fft(x);
^This is inside of the mfile for my fft1 function. If I try to run it, I still get the same error.

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Iman Alsharkawi
Iman Alsharkawi on 10 Oct 2011
Make sure that fft1.m is either in the same directory you are working in or in one of the folders that is in your path.
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Sarah
Sarah on 10 Oct 2011
Tried it. x in this case is T1.Signal:
T1.Signal 16559 x 1 double
It reads it as a double...so I don't really understand why or where it is reading char...also look below at my new answer for further results.

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Sarah
Sarah on 10 Oct 2011
Another thing everyone...I just found this out. I can run the code by clicking the "evaluate selection" and letting it evaluate the whole block. I get the following:
T1.Signal 16559 x 1 double
T1.Time 16559 x 1 double
T1.f 8279 x 1 double
T1.y 8279 x 1 double
However, if I actually run the simulation using the run *.m button, I get the error mentioned previously.

Iman Alsharkawi
Iman Alsharkawi on 10 Oct 2011
Do you have the function called out as FFT(x) or fft(x)? Functions are case sensitive...
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Sarah
Sarah on 10 Oct 2011
As far as I know, I don't have a function called out as FFT. That is why I am so confused...the error either refers to fft(x)(which I am aware of) or something called FFT(x) which I am not aware of.

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