# simulink matlab function block error

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Zhengyuan Wang on 4 Aug 2015
Edited: Mike Hosea on 4 Aug 2015
Hello guys,
Im trying to calculate my lqr gains online, im having some troubles with the simulation, i get the error message saying
Function output 'Kr' cannot be an mxArray in this context. Consider preinitializing the output variable with a known type.
Errors occurred during parsing of MATLAB function
Here is the code, I am trying to obtain the Kr(1,1) in this case.
% code
function Kr = fcn(u)
%#codegen
eml.extrinsic('lqr');
a = 1.3629;
b = 1.2996;
Cf = 16000;
Cr = 16000;
Cr2 = 15000;
I = 2761;
l = a+b;
m = 2024.65;
w = 2e-7;
a11 = -2*(Cf+Cr)/(m*u);
a12 =(2*(b*Cr - a*Cf)/(m*u))-u;
a21 = 2*(b*Cr-a*Cf)/(I*u);
a22 = -2*(b^2*Cr+a^2*Cf)/(I*u);
b1 = 0;
b2 = 1/I;
A = [a11 a12; a21 a22];
B = [b1; b2];
Q = [0 0; 0 1];
R = [w];
Kr = lqr(A,B,Q,R);
end

Mike Hosea on 4 Aug 2015
You need to tell the compiler what the output of lqr will look like.
Kr = zeros(1,2); % Define the output type for the extrinsic call.
Kr = lqr(A,B,Q,R);
Then you can do what you want with Kr.

### More Answers (1)

Walter Roberson on 4 Aug 2015
Change it to
tKr = lqr(A,B,Q,R);
Kr = tKr;
Mike Hosea on 4 Aug 2015
Edited: Mike Hosea on 4 Aug 2015
Thanks. I understand where you were coming from now. The tidbit that you're missing is that this variable needs already to have been defined (and to have the right type and size). It can't appear first as the output of an extrinsic function. The compiler will use what it knows about the size and type of the variable to copy the data out of the mxArray into "native" data types before continuing on.