# 1.1: Operators and Special Characters

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Command Effect

Minus; subtraction operator.

Scalar and matrix multiplication operator.

.*

Array multiplication operator.

Scalar and matrix exponentiation operator.

.^

Array exponentiation operator.

Left-division operator.

Right-division operator.

.\

Array left-division operator.

./

Array right-division operator.

Colon; generates regularly spaced elements and represents an entire row or column.

( )

Parentheses; encloses function arguments and array indices; overrides precedence.

[ ]

Brackets; enclosures array elements.

Decimal point.

…

Ellipsis; line-continuation operator.

Comma; separates statements and elements in a row.

Semicolon; separates columns and suppresses display.

Percent sign; designates a comment and specifies formatting.

Quote sign and transpose operator.

._

Nonconjugated transpose operator.

Assignment (replacement) operator.

1.1: Operators and Special Characters is shared under a CC BY 1.3 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Brian Vick, Virginia Tech.