||, _lazy_or

“short circuit or” of Boolean expressions

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b1 || b2 || …
_lazy_or(b1, b2, …)


b1 || b2 || ... evaluates the Boolean expression b1 or b2 or ... by “short circuit evaluation”.

b1 || b2 || ... produces the same result as bool(b1 or b2 or ...), provided the latter call does not throw an error. The difference between these calls is as follows. The call bool(b1 or b2 or ...) evaluates all Boolean expressions before combining them logically via or.

_lazy_or(b1, b2, ...) is equal to b1 || b2 || ....

The result is TRUE if one of b1, b2, and so on evaluates to TRUE. “short circuit evaluation” is based on this fact: b1 || b2 || ... evaluates the arguments from left to right. The evaluation stops immediately if one argument evaluates to TRUE. In this case, _lazy_or returns TRUE without evaluating the remaining Boolean expressions. If none of the expressions b1, b2, and so on evaluates to TRUE, then all arguments are evaluated and the corresponding result FALSE or UNKNOWN is returned.

_lazy_or is also called “conditional or”.

If any of the considered Boolean expressions b1, b2, and so on cannot be evaluated to TRUE, FALSE, or UNKNOWN, then _lazy_or throws an error.

_lazy_or is used internally by the if, repeat, and while statements. For example, the statement if b1 or b2 then ... is equivalent to if b1 || b2 then ....

_lazy_or() returns FALSE.


Example 1

This example show the difference between short circuit evaluation and complete evaluation of Boolean conditions. For x = 0, the evaluation of leads to an error:

x := 0:
bool(x = 0 or sin(1/x) = 0)
Error: Division by zero. [_invert]

With “short circuit evaluation”, the expression is not evaluated. This avoids the previous error:

x = 0 || sin(1/x) = 0

delete x:

Example 2

The following statements do no lead to an error because if uses short circuit evaluation internally:

for x in [0, PI, 1/PI] do
  if x = 0 or sin(1/x) = 0 then

delete x

Example 3

_lazy_or() can be called without parameters:



b1, b2, …

Boolean expressions

Return Values


Overloaded By

b1, b2

See Also

MuPAD Functions