You may see a similarity between the syntax of MATLAB and Fortran, if
you are familiar with Fortran. A long time ago, MATLAB was a shareware
library of Fortran routines. Thus an N length array called **xarr** in
MATLAB goes from **xarr(1)**
to **xarr(N)**, exactly as Fortran notates arrays.
Similarly the 4,2 element of a MATLAB matrix **ymat** is given
as **ymat(4,2)** as in Fortran.

For those of you who are proficient in the programming language C or its derivatives such as C++, you know that arrays and matrices are quite different in C. In C an N length array xarr goes from xarr[0] to xarr[N-1], using square brackets instead of parentheses. Also in C the 4,2 element of a matrix ymat is accessed as ymat[3][1]. MATLAB does not understand this type of syntax.

Tue Feb 25 21:24:33 EST 1997