I want to add Greek letters to the ToMatlab package. The most recent publicly available version I found is here.

There is a section on symbols starting on line 242. I tried adding a line ToMatlabaux[\Phi] := "phi" and several similar variations. None of which worked. Any ideas?

I've read the prior discussions and found this one most useful but still not quite what I need.


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It works if I make a definition like this:

ToMatlabaux[Global`\[Phi]] := "phi";

You have to be explicit about the context of the symbol inside the package, which also points out a limitation (that it will only work on global phi's).

I can take care of all Greek letters at one go, if I change the definition of ToMatlabaux[e_Symbol] to

ToMatlabaux[e_Symbol] := StringTrim[Convert`TeX`ExpressionToTeX[e],"\\"]

But I would test it thoroughly. It might have unintended consequences.

Use StringDelete with an appropriate pattern, if you want mult-letter symbol names to have Greek letters replaced by their Latin names:

 Whitespace | "\\"]
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. There was a similar line in there already ToMatlabaux[e_Symbol] := ToString[e] that did not work (at least not in Mathematica 14). $\endgroup$
    – Roy
    Commented Feb 6 at 2:28
  • $\begingroup$ @Roy Yep, that's the line I changed to the above. $\endgroup$
    – Goofy
    Commented Feb 6 at 3:01

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