Any Octave function can be overloaded, and allows an object specific version of this function to be called as needed. A pertinent example for our polynomial class might be to overload the `polyval` function like

```function [y, dy] = polyval (p, varargin)
if (nargout == 2)
[y, dy] = polyval (fliplr (p.poly), varargin{:});
else
y = polyval (fliplr (p.poly), varargin{:});
endif
endfunction
```
```
```

This function just hands off the work to the normal Octave `polyval` function. Another interesting example for an overloaded function for our polynomial class is the `plot` function.

```function h = plot (p, varargin)
n = 128;
rmax = max (abs (roots (p.poly)));
x = [0 : (n - 1)] / (n - 1) * 2.2 * rmax - 1.1 * rmax;
if (nargout > 0)
h = plot (x, p(x), varargin{:});
else
plot (x, p(x), varargin{:});
endif
endfunction
```
```
```

which allows polynomials to be plotted in the domain near the region of the roots of the polynomial.

Functions that are of particular interest to be overloaded are the class conversion functions such as `double`. Overloading these functions allows the `cast` function to work with the user class and can aid in the use of methods of other classes with the user class. An example `double` function for our polynomial class might look like.

```function b = double (a)
b = a.poly;
endfunction
```
```
```