# Wildcard or multiple conditions on switch/case?

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Douglas Anderson on 24 Apr 2018
Edited: David Walwark on 23 Oct 2019
Hello,
Is there a way to deal with multiple conditions in switch/case? For example (this is just example):
• Meat could be chicken pork beef lamb
• Veggie could be beans peas corn
• Fruit could be apple pear blueberry
Looking for a way to then select for each possible combination. Is the easiest way just nested switch/case? Or is there something more elegant? Is there an easy way to use case wildcards (not great for this example)?
Thanks!
Doug
Douglas Anderson on 24 Apr 2018

Actually this is the code snippet:

handles.column_flag     = 1; % 1 = Solid, 2 = Decked
handles.hole_flag       = 10; % 10 = Standard, 20 = Long First Row
handles.row_flag        = 100; % 100 = Single Row, 200 = Multi Row, 300 = Progressive
handles.opening_flag    = 1000; % 1000 = Left, 2000 = Right, 3000 = Middle

So the combination of Decked, standard, Multi, Middle (summed) is 3212

There aren't a lot of choices for each flag, but there are a lot of combinations, each leading down a different code path!

Thank you for your thoughts.

Doug

Steven Lord on 18 Oct 2019
I'm not sure how switch / case fits into this. You don't need it (unless this is part of a homework assignment and it requires you to use a switch / case.) Let's define the food groups. I'm using string arrays but you could use numbers.
meat = ["chicken"; "beef"; "pork"; "lamb"];
veggie = ["beans"; "peas"; "corn"];
fruit = ["apple"; "pear"; "blueberry"];
Use ndgrid to generate the 3-D arrays where combining the same element of each of the three arrays gives you one combination.
[M, V, F] = ndgrid(meat, veggie, fruit);
Combine them into a 2-D list with each row representing one combination.
possibleDinners = [M(:), V(:), F(:)];
What to eat today?
whichDinner = randi(size(possibleDinners, 1));
dinnerTonight = possibleDinners(whichDinner, :)
Douglas Anderson on 19 Oct 2019
Hello Walter,
There are three different functions that I have written. Which function is called depends on the particular combination, and then the appropriate variables are passed to the called function.
In the "meat/veggie/fruit" example, it could be whether on the grill or on the oven, and then how to do each one. In my case it has to do with particular designs for blasting, which can be complicated.
By the way, thank you for all the help you have given in the past!
Doug

### More Answers (1)

Fangjun Jiang on 24 Apr 2018
Choice='chicken';
switch Choice
case {'chicken','pork','beef'}
disp('meat');
case {'bean','pea'}
disp('veggie')
case {'apple','pear'}
disp('fruit');
otherwise
disp('no category');
end
David Walwark on 23 Oct 2019
Thank you for this helpful tip.

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