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What does "@" do ?

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H ZETT M on 12 Jan 2017
Commented: Eun-Mo Son on 13 Oct 2020
So this is a simple question. I found some code that uses "@" and I looked it up in the matlab documentation, but I did not find it to be really helpfull. Can somebody explain to me what it does and when/how I want to use it ?


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Vandana Rajan
Vandana Rajan on 16 Jan 2017
You might have seen function handles.
A function handle is a MATLAB® data type that stores an association to a function.
To create a handle for a function, precede the function name with an @ sign. For example, if you have a function called myfunction, create a handle named f as follows:
>> f = @myfunction;
Now if you have a function like
function y = computeSquare(x)
y = x.^2;
>> f = @ComputerSquare;
>> a = 4;
>> b = f(a)
will give
b = 16
Please go through these 2 documentation links which very clearly explains about function handles.
Yet another use of the symbol '@' is as class folder designator. An @ sign can indicate the name of a class folder, such as
See the below link for more info.


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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 27 May 2020
Stephen Cobeldick
Stephen Cobeldick on 27 May 2020
"did you know the equivalent of @ in python ?"
They are not needed in Python: unlike MATLAB every function must be called using parentheses (even if they contain no inputs), and so the function name (without parentheses) can simply be passed around as a variable (e.g. as input argument, assigned to another variable, etc.). You don't need to add anything else, just use the function name.
Eun-Mo Son
Eun-Mo Son on 13 Oct 2020
Good. Cheers

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