character vector vs scalar string (size comparison).

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Osama Alkurdi
Osama Alkurdi on 10 Nov 2020
Edited: Stephen23 on 11 Nov 2020
can any one explain to me why the character vector 'matlab' have a smaller size than the scalar string "matlab" despite that they carry the same information, can any one explain this in simple answer, and can you give me links explain how matlab store data?

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Stephen23
Stephen23 on 10 Nov 2020
Edited: Stephen23 on 11 Nov 2020
The string class is basically a fancy container class for character vectors. That is to say, inside every string element is a character vector, so bytes_string > bytes_character will always hold true for the "same" text.
Of course because the string class is a container class, it also has its own overhead, as described here:
Unfortunately this page has not been updated for string arrays, but the information given for cell arrays will be similar:

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