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# mtlb_a

Matlab addition emulation function

### Description

Matlab and Scilab addition behave differently in some particular cases:

• With character string operands: The `+` operator is used into Scilab to catenate character strings, while Matlab realizes the sum of the operands ASCII codes.

• With empty matrix: In Scilab, if one of the operands is an empty matrix the result of the addition is the other operand. In Matlab if one of the operand is an empty matrix the result of the addition should be an error or an empty matrix.

The function `mtlb_a(A,B)` is used by `mfile2sci` to replace `A+B` when it was not possible to know what were the operands while porting Matlab code to Scilab. This function will determine the correct semantic at run time. If you want to have a more efficient code it is possible to replace `mtlb_a` calls:

• If `A` and `B` are character strings, `mtlb_a(A,B)` may be replaced by `asciimat(A)+asciimat(B)`

• If both `A` and `B` are not empty matrices `mtlb_a(A,B)` may be replaced by `A+B`, else `mtlb_a(A,B)` may be replaced by `[]`.

• If mtlb_mode==%T, then `mtlb_a(A,B)` may be replaced by `A+B` in any case where `A` and `B` are not character string matrices.

Caution: `mtlb_a` has not to be used for hand coded functions.

• V.C.

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