[Rd] a^b when a is large and b < 1 (64bit R on windows 7)
Joris Meys
jorismeys at gmail.com
Mon Nov 21 16:03:52 CET 2011
Should have specified I only checked on Windows. So: On Windows 7
64bit, the R-32bit works fine, the R-64bit gives the behaviour Martyn
reported.
Cheers
Joris
On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 3:58 PM, Brian G. Peterson <brian at braverock.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-11-21 at 14:41 +0000, Martyn Byng wrote:
>> I'm getting some strange behaviour when trying to use the power
>> operator
>> (a^b) when a is large and b is less than one:
>>
>> big <- .Machine$double.xmax
>> big
>> big^0.5
>> sqrt(big)
>>
>> > big <- 1.797693134862315708384e+308
>> > big^0.5
>> [1] Inf
>> > sqrt(big)
>> [1] 1.340781e+154
>>
>>
>> I'm guessing that this behaviour is not expected, or am I missing
>> something about ^?
>
> On a recent Ubuntu 64bit install with R2.14.0 from the repositories, I
> get:
>
>> big <- .Machine$double.xmax
>> big
> [1] 1.797693e+308
>> big^0.5
> [1] 1.340781e+154
>> sqrt(big)
> [1] 1.340781e+154
>
> so it does seem to be specific either to your environment.
>
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