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Why do I get the error message 'Unbalanced or unexpected parenthesis or bracket' ?

Why do I get the following error message:

 Error: Unbalanced or unexpected parenthesis or bracket.

1 Answer

Answer by MathWorks Support Team on 1 Oct 2013
 Accepted Answer


It is likely that the number of left parenthesis is not equal to the number of right parenthesis in your expression.

Common causes:

You added a left parenthesis or removed a right parenthesis from the line of code.


Count the number of left parentheses and right parentheses on the line of code. Verify that the quantity of the two types of parentheses are equal. Add in an appropriate number of right parentheses or remove extraneous left parentheses.

Example demonstrating this error:


There is another possibility that there are the correct number of left and right parentheses, but that the MATLAB syntax is incorrect. For example the following line would result in this error because indexing a string literal is incorrect syntax within MATLAB.

>> 'Hello world'(1)


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