# Can symbolic vectors (not vectors of symbols) be defined and manipulated in the Symbolic Math Toolbox?

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Catalytic 2019년 6월 25일
댓글: Catalytic 2019년 6월 26일
I would like to define symbolic functions that are functions of vector-valued quantities, like
syms A x
f(x)=x.'*A*x
where A and x are understood to be a matrix and compatibly-sized vector. I would like to be able to do matrix-vector calculus which gives the result in matrix vector form, such as
G = 2*A*x %I would like this to be the result
I would also like to define functions involving indexing expressions, like
h(x) = x(1) + x(2) + x(3)
Are these things possible? The closest thing I can find is the syntax
x = syms('x',N,1)
but this doesn't seem to behave as I've described. For one thing, manipulations with x do not get simplified to matrix-vector forms.

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Walter Roberson 2019년 6월 25일
No this is not possible. Any variable name is expanded to its contents and any symbolic variable names left are assumed to refer to scalar values and expressions will be rewritten assuming scalar communitivity.
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Catalytic 2019년 6월 26일
No this is not possible.
Darn it. Thanks, anyway.

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