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Class: coder.CellType
Namespace: coder

Determine whether cell array type represents homogeneous cell array


tf = isHomogeneous(t)


tf = isHomogeneous(t) returns true if the coder.CellType object t represents a homogeneous cell array. Otherwise, it returns false.


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Create a coder.CellType object for a cell array whose elements have the same class and size.

t = coder.typeof({1 2 3})
t = 

   1x3 homogeneous cell 
      base: 1x1 double

Determine whether the coder.CellType object represents a homogeneous cell array.

ans =


Write a function make_varsize. If the input type t is homogeneous, the function returns a variable-size copy of t.

function c = make_varsize(t, n)
c = coder.typeof(t, [n n], [1 1]);

Create a heterogeneous type tc.

tc = coder.typeof({'a', 1});

Pass tc to make_varsize.

tc1 = make_varsize(tc, 5)

The assertion fails because tc is heterogeneous.

Create a homogeneous type tc.

tc = coder.typeof({1 2 3});

Pass tc to make_varsize.

tc1 = make_varsize(tc, 5)
tc1 = 

   :5x:5 homogeneous cell 
      base: 1x1 double


  • coder.typeof determines whether the cell array type is homogeneous or heterogeneous. If the cell array elements have the same class and size, coder.typeof returns a homogeneous cell array type. If the elements have different classes, coder.typeof returns a heterogeneous cell array type. For some cell arrays, the classification as homogeneous or heterogeneous is ambiguous. For example, the type for {1 [2 3]} can be a 1x2 heterogeneous type. The first element is double and the second element is 1x2 double. The type can also be a 1x3 homogeneous type in which the elements have class double and size 1x:2. For these ambiguous cases, coder.typeof uses heuristics to classify the type as homogeneous or heterogeneous. If you want a different classification, use the makeHomogeneous or makeHeterogeneous methods. The makeHomogeneous method makes a homogeneous copy of a type. The makeHeterogeneous method makes a heterogeneous copy of a type.

    The makeHomogeneous and makeHeterogeneous methods permanently assign the classification as homogeneous and heterogeneous, respectively. You cannot later use one of these methods to create a copy that has a different classification.

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Introduced in R2015b