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Validate that value is numeric



mustBeNumeric(value) throws an error if value contains nonnumeric. This function does not return a value.

mustBeNumeric calls the following function to determine if the input is numeric:

This function ignores input arguments that are empty values. Therefore, no error is thrown when the property or function argument value is empty.


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Validate that the result of an operation is numeric.

mustBeNumeric(5 < 10)
Values must be numeric.

The relational operator for less than returns a logical value.

This class restricts the value of Prop1 to numeric values.

classdef MyClass
      Prop1 {mustBeNumeric}

Create an object and assign a value to its property.

obj = MyClass;
obj.Prop1 = isprime(29);
Error setting 'Prop1' property of 'MyClass' class:
Values must be numeric.

When you assign a value to the property, MATLAB® calls mustBeNumeric with the value being assigned to the property. mustBeNumeric issues an error because the value assigned to Prop1 is a logical.

This function restricts the input argument to a numeric vector.

function r = mbNumeric(x)
        x (1,:) {mustBeNumeric}
    p = [3 2 1];
    r = polyval(p,x);

Calling this function with a character vector results in an error being thrown by mustBeNumeric.

x = '4 3 2';
r = mbNumeric(x);
Error using mbNumeric
 r = mbNumeric(x);
Invalid input argument at position 1. Value must be numeric.

Input Arguments

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Value to validate, specified as a scalar or array of any of the following:

  • Any MATLAB numeric class

  • MATLAB classes that derive from a MATLAB numeric type or that overload isnumeric

Data Types: single | double | int8 | int16 | int32 | int64 | uint8 | uint16 | uint32 | uint64
Complex Number Support: Yes


  • mustBeNumeric is designed to be used for property and function argument validation.

Extended Capabilities

C/C++ Code Generation
Generate C and C++ code using MATLAB® Coder™.

Version History

Introduced in R2017a