# The continue statement in MATLAB

The continue statement in MATLAB is used to pass control to the next iteration in for and while statements.  Let’s suppose someone wants to find and print the value of k^2-50 for all integers in [-10,10] domain.  The mfile for that is given below.

% For integers k=-10,-9,….,9,10,
% the function k^2-50 will take positive as
% well as negative values.
%For example, for k=-9, k^2-50=31; for k=1,
% k^2-50=-49; for k=8, k^2-50=14.
% The loop below will calculate values of k^2-50 for
% all values of requested k.
for k=-10:1:10
val=k^2-50;
fprintf(‘\n k=%g  val=%g’,k,val)
end

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Let’s suppose now you are asked to calculate and print value of k^2-50 for all integers in [-10,10] domain but only if (k^2-50) is positive.

% The loop below will calculate and print values of k^2-50
% for all values of the requested k
% for which k^2-50 is positive.
for k=-10:1:10
if (k^2-50<0)
continue;
end
val=k^2-50;
fprintf(‘\n k=%g  val=%g’,k,val)
end

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Can you do what you did above using the while statement.  Yes, the MATLAB code is given below.

% Equivalent in while
% The loop below will calculate values of k^2-50
% for all values of the requested k for which k^2-50 is positive.
k=-10;
while (k<=10)
if (k^2-50>0)
val=k^2-50;
fprintf(‘\n k=%g  val=%g’,k,val)
end
k=k+1;
end

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## 4 thoughts on “The continue statement in MATLAB”

1. Interesting site 🙂 I just started using matlab and this site is helping me get used to it.
I didn’t realise it could do so much.

David

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