# Why do I get the error "Unrecognized function or variable"?

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MathWorks Support Team
on 27 Feb 2012

Commented: Walter Roberson
on 2 Feb 2023 at 3:37

I am receiving one of the following error messages. How can I resolve this issue?

Undefined function or variable ‹Name›.

Unrecognized function or variable ‹Name›.

Undefined function or method ‹Name› for input arguments of type ‹ClassName›.

### Accepted Answer

MathWorks Support Team
on 7 Dec 2022

Edited: MathWorks Support Team
on 24 Oct 2022

MATLAB does not recognize the specified string as the name of a function on the MATLAB path or as a variable. The above error messages can be caused by:

1) Trying to use a variable that has not been defined before this line of code executes.

>> x=1:10;

>> t=x.^2;

>> plot(x,y)

Undefined function or variable 'y'.

% Possible corrections:

% Change line 3 to "plot(x,t)"

% or Change line 2 from "t=x.^2;" to "y=x.^2;"

2) A typographical error when typing a function or variable name. However, later versions of MATLAB try to resolve these typos with “Did you mean” suggestions. For example,

>> foo = 42;

>> fo0

Undefined function or variable 'fo0'.

Did you mean:

>> foo

3) The wrong case for a function or variable name. Later versions of MATLAB try to resolve these typos with “Did you mean” suggestions.

4) Changing directories so that a function you used is no longer on the MATLAB path.

5) Trying to use a function for which you are not licensed or that belongs to a MathWorks toolbox that isn’t installed. In later versions of MATLAB, this is not an “Undefined function or variable” error, and MATLAB lets you know that you are either not licensed to use the function or the appropriate toolbox is not installed.

6) Trying to use a function that belongs to a third-party toolbox that isn’t installed.

7) Trying to use a function that does not yet exist in your version of MATLAB.

8) Trying to use a function that has been removed from your version of MATLAB. In later versions of MATLAB, this is not an “Undefined function or variable” error, and MATLAB lets you know the new, preferred function to use.

9) Trying to use a variable that gets cleared from the workspace because your script or function contains "clear all" or "clearvars".

10) Calling an object method without an object as the first input.

11) Using a MEX function that is compiled on a platform different from the one in use.

1) Verify that the undefined function or variable is visible (it is on the path or in the current workspace) and that it has been defined before this line of code executes. If the undefined identifier is a function, the 'which' function can help you verify that it is visible to the function where the error occurs:https://www.mathworks.com/help/matlab/ref/which.html

2) Verify that the function that you are trying to use is available in your version of MATLAB using the built-in documentation (>> doc). If you cannot find it in our documentation, the function may have been added in a later release of MATLAB, or it may be part of a third-party toolbox that is external to MathWorks.

3) If you are trying to use a function that should be available in your version of MATLAB, from a MathWorks toolbox that you have installed and licensed for, there may be a problem with your MATLAB search path. Run the following MATLAB commands to restore it:

>> restoredefaultpath % This will remove any custom paths

>> rehash toolboxcache

>> savepath

See our documentation for more tips:

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Walter Roberson
on 25 Oct 2022

There is a related but slightly different message that can easily be mistaken for this message.

In new enough versions of MATLAB, inside a function, if you call a function and you then assign to a variable with the same name as the function, and you then use that name, then MATLAB will know that the function is out of scope (because the variable has that name), but it will also have locked-in the idea that the name is a function rather than a variable. The reference to the name then generates an "Undefined function" message. Notice that the message does not continue on to "or variable".

This behavior can be difficult to understand, as the name might clearly have been assigned to.

For example

function test

a = sum(1:10); %use as function

sum = ones(1,5); %now a variable

sum(2:3)

This can generate undefined function on the reference to sum.

If you had assigned to sum before calling sum as a function, and then you cleared the variable and then tried to use sum as a function, then you would get a related error message.

Inside a function it is no longer permitted to change a name between function and variable.

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Alex Alex
on 10 Apr 2018

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Florian Morsch
on 11 Apr 2018

Type "ver" into the Matlab Command Window. shaperead is part of the Mapping Toolbox, if you dont own it you cant use the function. Normaly it should be included in the academic license, so check if you have downloaded it. If not you may try to load it.

If its not for free in your version you may try to contact your IT so it can be included into the license.

Otherwise, if you have newly created the code try to restart matlab once, sometimes that helps, too.

Best regards

Saadia Talay
on 21 May 2018

Edited: Walter Roberson
on 31 May 2020

Undefined function or variable 'lgemri' when I enter the following:

[X,meta]=nrrdread(lgemri);

The nrrdread function has been taken from the matlab file exchange: https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/34653-nrrd-format-file-reader

The lgemri is a file in nrrd format.

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Iman Tahamtan
on 25 Mar 2018

I am facing this error when running y_lambda=lambda: Undefined function or variable 'lambda'.

ishwarya ramesh
on 27 Mar 2018

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Walter Roberson
on 10 Oct 2021

Liliana Malik
on 6 Apr 2018

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tim jelly
on 12 Apr 2018

When trying to make a GUI i get the error:

Undefined function or variable 'radioChanged'

Error while evaluating ButtonGroup SelectionChangedFcn.

I dont have "radioChanged" in my code so how do I fix this, thanks

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Walter Roberson
on 12 Apr 2018

What shows up if you use

radios = findall(0, '-property', 'SelectionChangedFcn');

get(radios, 'SelectionChangedFcn')

Francisco Santamaría
on 23 Jun 2018

Edited: Francisco Santamaría
on 23 Jun 2018

for i=1:(npop+1)

dron(i,:)=rand(1,nvar).*(xmax-xmin)+xmin;

cost(i)=CostfunctA3(dron(i,:));

dron_cost(i,:)=[dron(i,:) cost(i)]

end

When trying to make a run i get the following error:

Undefined function or variable 'CostfunctA3'.

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Waqas Waqas Ul Hussan
on 23 Aug 2018

Edited: Walter Roberson
on 24 Aug 2018

hi

I am getting this problem in Matlab when plotting the graphs with shaded area.

Undefined function or variable 'jbfill'.

These below are my code lines. error is in line 127 below.

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yousra aichoun
on 6 May 2020

hi ,

can you help me please i'm having the same problem but with simulink ,once i run the simulation , it display :Undefined function 'modelRegistry' for input arguments of type 'PmSli.RunTimeModule'.

Dhruba Raj Dhakal
on 30 Jun 2017

Moved: Stefanie Schwarz
on 24 Oct 2022

Why this error occurs when I use antenna toolbox???

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Walter Roberson
on 31 May 2020

Moved: Stefanie Schwarz
on 24 Oct 2022

David Akin
on 1 Nov 2018

Edited: David Akin
on 2 Nov 2018

Same error but using a Mathworks example. Here's the contents of fact.m

function f = fact(n)

f = prod(1:n);

end

Located here:

/opt/software/MATLAB/2018a/toolbox/local/fact.m

When trying to use:

>> y=fact(5);

Undefined function or variable 'fact'.

I cd'ed to the directory containing the file before starting MATLAB and it's in the search path:

>> path

MATLABPATH

/opt/software/MATLAB/2018a/toolbox/local

.

.

.

Any suggestions?

>> dos('cat /opt/software/MATLAB/2018a/toolbox/local/fact.m');

function f = fact(n)

f = prod(1:n);

end

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Steven Lord
on 2 Nov 2018

David Akin
on 1 Nov 2018

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michael
on 14 Nov 2018

(Matlab R14)

Something strange is that when I try to call some function from toolbox (communication) I'm getting that it is not existing.

Even when I'm going to %MATLABROOT%\toolbox\comm\comm where the m file is existing, I still can't run it.

Please suggest what is the issue

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Darrell
on 6 Feb 2019

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Al3jandro
on 24 Jun 2019

Hi.

I'm making this rutine, but i cant get values of K, how can I resolve this issue?

clear;

clc;

A=xlsread('ANÁLISIS DE ESTRUCTURAS _ INPUT2','BARRAS','B1:B6');

I=xlsread('ANÁLISIS DE ESTRUCTURAS _ INPUT2','BARRAS','C1:C6');

E=xlsread('ANÁLISIS DE ESTRUCTURAS _ INPUT2','BARRAS','D1:D6');

W=xlsread('ANÁLISIS DE ESTRUCTURAS _ INPUT2','BARRAS','u1:u6');

L=xlsread('ANÁLISIS DE ESTRUCTURAS _ INPUT2','BARRAS','Q1:Q6');

a=xlsread('ANÁLISIS DE ESTRUCTURAS _ INPUT2','BARRAS','R1:R6');

n=xlsread('ANÁLISIS DE ESTRUCTURAS _ INPUT2','BARRAS','V3');

nGDL=xlsread('ANÁLISIS DE ESTRUCTURAS _ INPUT2','NUDOS','J2');

GDLG=xlsread('ANÁLISIS DE ESTRUCTURAS _ INPUT2','BARRAS','K2:P4');

for i=1:n

A=A(i);

I=I(i);

E=E(i);

L=L(i);

a=a(i);

KL(i)=[E*A/L 0 0 -E*A/L 0 0;0 12*E*I/L^3 6*E*I/L^2 0 -12*E*I/L^3 6*E*I/L^2;0 6*E*I/L^2 4*E*I/L 0 -6*E*I/L^2 2*E*I/L;-E*A/L 0 0 E*A/L 0 0;0 -12*E*I/L^3 -6*E*I/L^2 0 12*E*I/L^3 -6*E*I/L^2;0 6*E*I/L^2 2*E*I/L 0 -6*E*I/L^2 4*E*I/L];

T(i)=[cos(a) sin(a) 0 0 0 0;-sin(a) cos(a) 0 0 0 0;0 0 1 0 0 0;0 0 0 cos(a) sin(a) 0;0 0 0 -sin(a) cos(a) 0;0 0 0 0 0 1];

KG(i)=T(i)'*KL(i)*T(i);

G=[GDLG(i,1) GDLG(i,2) GDLG(i,3) GDLG(i,4) GDLG(i,5) GDLG(i,6)];

KT=zeros(nGDL,nGDL);

KT(G,G)=KG(i);

if i==1

K=zeros(nGDL,nGDL);

end

K=K+KT;

end

disp(K)

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Walter Roberson
on 24 Jun 2019

clpi
on 3 Jul 2019

Edited: Stefanie Schwarz
on 24 Oct 2022

Hello !

I have a matlab function which at a certain point calculates sin(2*pi*freq*t_array) (t_array in an array of size (1,2000).

I tried to call this function via matlab.engine but I got the error message: "Undefined function 'sin' for input argument of type 'int64' "

I wanted to add the file 'sin.m' to my working directory but it is not a function script, it is a simple text.

I would be very grateful of any help

Thank you !

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Regina Vivian Barli
on 8 Jul 2019

Hello, I happen to stumble upon similar problem.

So I have been trying to use matlab for video stabilising, but keep getting this error:

Undefined function or variable 'cvexEstStabilizationTform'.

even though I have followed Matlab's instruction by running a command by clicking

edit cvexEstStabilizationTform.m

Can anyone please suggest me what to do?

Kind regards

Vivian

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Ashwanth Ramesh
on 18 Oct 2019

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Sara Alkhaldi
on 29 Jan 2020

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Walter Roberson
on 29 Jan 2020

abood qamar
on 1 Apr 2020

Edited: Stefanie Schwarz
on 24 Oct 2022

can please help me to solve this problem

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apri zulham
on 19 Apr 2020

Edited: Stefanie Schwarz
on 24 Oct 2022

i need help!!

Undefined function or variable 'imaghwinfo'.

Error in CAMERA_MATLAB>pushbutton1_Callback (line 81)

IAHI = imaghwinfo;

Error in gui_mainfcn (line 95)

feval(varargin{:});

Error in CAMERA_MATLAB (line 42)

gui_mainfcn(gui_State, varargin{:});

Error in

matlab.graphics.internal.figfile.FigFile/read>@(hObject,eventdata)CAMERA_MATLAB('pushbutton1_Callback',hObject,eventdata,guidata(hObject))

81 IAHI = imaghwinfo;

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Walter Roberson
on 20 Apr 2020

The proper function name is imaghwinfo . You need to change line 81 of CAMERA_MATLAB.m

CS
on 20 Apr 2020

Edited: Stefanie Schwarz
on 24 Oct 2022

Undefined function or variable 'readmatrix'.

I have a basic_matrix.txt file including

6,8,3,1

5,4,7,3

1,6,7,10

4,2,8,2

2,7,5,9

I want to read the contents of this file (basic_matrix.txt). When I write

M = readmatrix('basic_matrix.txt')

MATLAB gives an error as

Undefined function or variable 'readmatrix'.

M = readmatrix('basic_matrix.txt')

Does anyone know what the reason is?

I am just trying to implement what is written on https://www.mathworks.com/help/matlab/ref/readmatrix.html in order to read the contents of a file. I am using MATLAB R2018b.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Alex Backer
on 24 Apr 2020

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José Moctezuma Rodríguez Santillán
on 9 May 2020

Edited: Stefanie Schwarz
on 24 Oct 2022

Undefined function or variable 'isfile'. You cannot find the isfile function in MATLAB R2015. any alternative to replace? this is my code;

options = weboptions('Username', 'insertusername', 'Password', 'insertpassword');

year = 2016;

month = 03;

time = 0900;

start_jd = 011;

end_jd = 045;

for jd = start_jd:end_jd

cd = day(datetime((year-1),12,31) + days(jd));

filename = ['SST' num2str(year) '_' num2str(jd) '.nc'];

if isfile(filename)

fprintf('already have the file |%s|\n',filename);

else

url=['https://data.nodc.noaa.gov/ghrsst/L4/GLOB/JPL_OUROCEAN/G1SST/2016/' num2str(year) '/' num2str(jd)];

outname=websave(filename,url,options);

fprintf('got weather data file |%s|\n',outname);

end

end

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Walter Roberson
on 9 May 2020

Edited: Stefanie Schwarz
on 24 Oct 2022

Change

if isfile(filename)

to

if exist(filename, 'file')

Yinying Wang
on 16 May 2020

Help!

I received "undefined function 'string2char' for 'char' type input arguments".

This error occurs only when I use mphload('filename') in an exe file. When in a .m file this line works well. I thought maybe mphload use 'string2char' function whatever its input argument type is. I use mphload("filename") instead. It still doesn't work...

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Joey Porter
on 7 Jul 2020

Hi all,

I've had this error after a newly created function would give this error even though it was in the correct path and was user-defined (so no problem with needing the correct toolbox or licencing).

The name of the function and the file name you save it as MUST BE THE SAME.

I had saved my function a different name and therefore gave this error. This tip isn't in the accepted answer's response so give this a try.

soufiane kabiri
on 18 Sep 2020

Edited: Walter Roberson
on 30 Nov 2020

hi everyone, i hope you'll help me with that

i have the same error "Undefined function or variable 'HMMem'"

this the code:

function [Q, g, l] = HMMbaumwelch(y, nu, tol, maxIt, Q, g)

% HMMbaumwelch compute maximum likehood estimate using Expectation-Maximization

% iterations

%

% in : y = vector of observations

% nu = initial distribution of the hidden chain

% tol = tolerance for the stopping criterion

% maxIt = maximal number of iterations

% out : Q = estimate of the transition matrix of the hidden markov process

% g = estimated probabilities of transition: gh(x,y) = estimate of P(Y=y | X=x) for 1<=x<=k

% l = log-likelihood of y for parameters Q and g

%

% Example :

n = 10000;

nu = [0, 1];

Q = [0.8, 0.2; 0.1, 0.9];

g = [0.25 0.25 0.25 0.25; 0.05 0.05 0.45 0.45];

[x,y] = HMMsample(nu, Q, g, n);

[Qh, gh] = HMMem(y, nu);

% % compare estimates with truth: note that the order of the hidden

% % states may not be preserved

Q, Qh

g, gh

% References: Hidden Markov Models by Cappe, Moulines, Rydden

% Springer series in statistics

% by Aurelien Garivier, CNRS & Telecom ParisTech

% last revision February 7, 2012

global myfilter mysmoother % should be either HMMfilter/HMMsmoother, or HMMfilter_C/HMMsmoother_C

if nargin<4, maxIt = 100; end

if nargin<3, tol = 1e-4; end

k = length(nu); r = max(y); n = length(y);

Y = zeros(n, r); Y(sub2ind([n, r], 1:n, y))=1;

% if they are not provided, sample random initial transition and emission matrices

if nargin<5, Q = rand(k); Q = Q ./ (sum(Q, 2)*ones(1, k)); end

if nargin<6, g = rand(k, r); g = g ./ (sum(g, 2)*ones(1, r)); end

it = 0; oldQ = Q; oldg = g+tol+1;

while ((norm(oldQ(:)-Q(:), 1) + norm(oldg-g, 1) > tol) && (it<maxIt))

it = it + 1;

% compute the posterior distribution for the current parameters

[phi, c] = myfilter(y, nu, Q, g);

beta = mysmoother(y, Q, g, c);

post = phi .* beta;

% expectation of the number of transitions under the current parameters

N =Q.*(phi(:, 1:(end-1))*(beta(:, 2:end).*g(:, y(2:end))./(ones(k, 1)*c(2:end)))');

% expectation of the number of emissions

M = post * Y;

% re-estimation

oldQ = Q; oldg = g;

Q = N ./ (sum(N, 2) * ones(1, k));

g = M ./ (sum(M, 2) * ones(1, r));

end

l = sum(log(c));

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Walter Roberson
on 30 Nov 2020

Your code does not show any function definition for HMMen .

Your code looks like a modified version of https://github.com/ryanrhymes/ehmm/blob/master/%2Bhmm/HMMbaumwelch.m

islam dib
on 3 Dec 2020

Undefined function or variable 'seriallist'.

release 2013b

what's wrong ?

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Walter Roberson
on 3 Dec 2020

AMAR Abdelhamid
on 6 Dec 2020

hello

i have this problem :

Error using mphload

Cannot find COMSOL server

how can i sole it, please.

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Walter Roberson
on 6 Dec 2020

Have you installed the third-party product COMSOL ?

Muhd Farkhan
on 7 Dec 2020

Edited: Stefanie Schwarz
on 24 Oct 2022

Hello, I'm having the same problem, here's my coding

where the error is at X = data_fault; , Im still new , do teach me

clc;

clear all;

load ('data_fault');

%load sample data

X = data_fault;

%train autoenc

autoenc = tranAutoencoder(X);

%reconstruct

XReconstructed = predict (autoenc,X);

%computing mseError

mseError = mse(X-XReconstructed)

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Eamon Devlin
on 21 Jan 2021

Edited: Stefanie Schwarz
on 24 Oct 2022

I have a probelm:

I have a list of varibles defined at the top of my script but when I am trying to create a function the defined variables (which are in the workspace too) are not being recognised.

%% Damped Oscillating Spring System

m_c = 2; %Container mass in kg

s1 = 16.0; % Spring constant, spring 1, N/m

s2 = 16.0; % Spring constant, spring 2, N/m

c = 2.0; % Damping Coefficient, Ns/m

d = 0.6; % Initial gap between mass and spring 2, m

t_total = 20.0; % Total interation time, s

dt = 0.01; % Interation Step, s

x =1; % Initial displacement, m

g = -9.81; % Gravitational Acceleration, m/s^-2

t = 0: dt: t_total; % Total Time for plotting graphs

r_m = 0.1; % Rate of mass of fluid change in kg/s

m_f_max = 4; % Maximum Fluid mass

%Then there is a choice menu and other calculations where the cases are all set out:

case {4} %Select if the containter is filled with fluid duing the simulation

[r_m] = fluidcalcs();

function [r_m] = fluidcalcs()

r_m = input('Rate of Change of Fluid Mass (kg/s)?\n\n');

if (r_m * t_total) > 4

disp('Invalid Entry - Maximum Fluid Mass is 4kg\n\n');

r_m = input('Rate of Change of Fluid Mass (kg/s)?\n\n');

end

end

In this case the 't_total' variable is not being recognised. The code works fine if I replace the variable name with the value. But the varables need to be changed each time so having a set value isn't what I want.

Any solutions?

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Walter Roberson
on 21 Jan 2021

Evelin Ponce
on 17 Mar 2021

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khallad jobah
on 24 Mar 2021

rigid3d function is not defined

my code : rigid3d(eye(3), [0 0 0])

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JITHIN P M
on 26 Mar 2021

Edited: Stefanie Schwarz
on 24 Oct 2022

While running a mathlab code for Beamforming am getting the error as mentiond below,

" Unrecognized function or variable 'm_proj' "

Anyone who knows abouth this please help me to solve the issue. Due to this error my whole work is pending. Kindly please help me out.

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Feng Chen
on 20 May 2021

Edited: Stefanie Schwarz
on 24 Oct 2022

Hi, I get the following error. Looking for solutions

Unrecognized function or variable 'xVOCap'.

Error in YTOwrapper (line 53)

res(ii).ap_auc = xVOCap(res(ii).rec, res(ii).prec);

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Rupam Jaiswal
on 21 Jun 2021

Edited: Stefanie Schwarz
on 24 Oct 2022

Unrecognized function or variable 'CentroidTermX'.

what can i do?

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Walter Roberson
on 21 Jun 2021

[CentroidTermX,CentroidTermY]=find(ZTerm);

according to archives I find of Florence Kussener, The MathWorks % Application Engineer % August 2007

Arnaud Yossa potawe
on 29 Jul 2021

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Walter Roberson
on 29 Jul 2021

Sorry, I do not find any references to mbs_bode routine anywhere. Where did you find the code?

MEGHA GUPTA
on 21 Aug 2021

Unrecognized function or variable 'gen_gfdm' how to solve this problem in matlab simulator

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Walter Roberson
on 21 Aug 2021

Amy Morris
on 22 Aug 2021

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ABHISHEK MAURYA
on 9 Sep 2021

Edited: Stefanie Schwarz
on 24 Oct 2022

while running vanet in matlab2021a in ubuntu desktop i am getting this error, I don't have any idea why this is happenning. Any valuable suggestion is welcome. Thank you!

Checking app_wsmp2msg_mex...

Checking phy_waveform2psdu_data_mex

phy_waveform2psdu_data_mex not found.

Unrecognized function or variable 'helperSubcarrierIndices'.

Error in phy_channelpacketDetection_data (line 17)

[data,pilots] = helperSubcarrierIndices(cfgnonHT,'HT');

Error in fcn_codeGen (line 28)

[pktOffset,cfgnonHT,outWaveform] = phy_channelpacketDetection_data(inWaveform,SNR,PSDULength);

Error in vanet_init (line 155)

fcn_codeGen

Error in fcn_runModel (line 24)

vanet_init();

Error in vanet>runButton_Callback (line 187)

fcn_runModel(simTime,roadtype,minVehicleNum,maxVehicleNum,gap,simRound,errBar,macTXT,appTXT,mapUI)

Error in gui_mainfcn (line 95)

feval(varargin{:});

Error in vanet (line 42)

gui_mainfcn(gui_State, varargin{:});

Error in matlab.graphics.internal.figfile.FigFile/read>@(hObject,eventdata)vanet('runButton_Callback',hObject,eventdata,guidata(hObject))

Error while evaluating UIControl Callback.

Mariya Ali
on 21 Sep 2021

Edited: Stefanie Schwarz
on 24 Oct 2022

Hi!

I am getting an error calculating the lyaprosen. The error I get is

Unrecognized function or variable 'dist'.

Error in lyaprosen (line 106)

Dmm=dist(EEMmm(:,1:k)')