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# multipying character in array number

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best16 programmer on 21 Nov 2016
Edited: Philip Borghesani on 21 Nov 2016
i want to create a character array for example if a.*[1 1 1 1] we get [a a a a] thank you.
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Azzi Abdelmalek on 21 Nov 2016
repmat({'a'} ,1,5)
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best16 programmer on 21 Nov 2016
thank you. but what if we have a.*[1 -1 1 -1 -1] how can we get [a -a a -a -a]

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Star Strider on 21 Nov 2016
‘what if we have a.*[1 -1 1 -1 -1] how can we get [a -a a -a -a]’
That requires a loop, but it works:
v = [1 -1 1 -1 -1];
a_vec = [];
for k1 = 1:length(v)
if v(k1) > 0
a_vec = [a_vec ' a '];
elseif v(k1) < 0
a_vec = [a_vec '-a '];
elseif v(k1 == 0)
a_vec = [a_vec ' 0 '];
end
end
a_vec =
a -a a -a -a
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James Tursa on 21 Nov 2016

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Philip Borghesani on 21 Nov 2016
Edited: Philip Borghesani on 21 Nov 2016
Did you really want a character array?
>> syms a
>> b=a.*[1 -1 1 -1 -1]
b =
[ a, -a, a, -a, -a]
To get a character array you can do
>> char(b)
ans =
'matrix([[a, -a, a, -a, -a]])'
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