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Class: matlab.mixin.Heterogeneous
Package: matlab.mixin

Return default object for heterogeneous array operations


defaultObject = getDefaultScalarElement


defaultObject = getDefaultScalarElement returns the default object for a heterogeneous hierarchy. Override this method if the root class is abstract or is not an appropriate default object for the classes in the heterogeneous hierarchy. getDefaultScalarElement must return an instance of another member of the heterogeneous hierarchy.

The implementation of getDefaultScalarElement inherited from the matlab.mixin.Heterogeneous class returns an instance of the root class. If the root class is abstract, you must implement getDefaultScalarElement in the root class to return a default object. For more information, see Root Class.

MATLAB® calls the getDefaultScalarElement method when requiring a default object. For more information on heterogeneous arrays and default objects, see matlab.mixin.Heterogeneous.

Output Arguments


The default object for heterogeneous array operations.


Sealedtrue not required

To learn about attributes of methods, see Method Attributes.


This example describes a heterogeneous hierarchy with a root class (FinancialObjects) that is an abstract class and cannot, therefore, be used for the default object. The FinancialObjects class definition includes an override of the getDefaultScalarElement method which returns an instance of the Assets class as the default object.

The root class can override the getDefaultScalarElement method that is defined in matlab.mixin.Heterogeneous class and return an Assets object as the default object.

classdef FinancialObjects < matlab.mixin.Heterogeneous
   methods (Abstract)
      val = determineCurrentValue(obj)
   methods (Static, Sealed, Access = protected)
      function default_object = getDefaultScalarElement
         default_object = Assets;

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  • Override getDefaultScalarElement only if the root class is not suitable as a default object.

  • Override getDefaultScalarElement only in the root class of the heterogeneous hierarchy.

  • getDefaultScalarElement must return a scalar object.

  • getDefaultScalarElement must be a static method with protected access. While not required by MATLAB, you can seal this method to prevent overriding by other classes.

  • MATLAB returns an error if the value returned by getDefaultScalarElement is not scalar or is not an instance of a class that is a valid member of the hierarchy.