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Re: [newbie] unexpected behaviour for x^x

 From: Jean Dubois Subject: Re: [newbie] unexpected behaviour for x^x Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:47:23 +0100

```2014-12-12 13:40 GMT+01:00 Julien Bect <address@hidden>:
> Le 12/12/2014 13:16, Jean Dubois a écrit :
>>
>> I was surprised to found out that when I calculated x^x with octave, using
>> floats which approach zero I get two different results depending on the
>> direction
>> in which zero is approached, this is what I mean:
>>
>> octave:1> 0.001^0.001
>> ans =  0.99312
>>
>> octave:2> -0.001^-0.001
>> ans = -1.0069
>
>
> Hello Jean,
>
> First thing, be careful with operator precedence:
>
>    octave:1> -0.001^-0.001== - (0.001 ^ (- 0.001))
>    ans =  1
>
> front of your second result, nothing surprising.
>
>
> Now, without the minus sign, I get
>
>   octave:1> format short
>
>   octave:2> 0.001^0.001
>   ans =  0.99312
>
>   octave:3> 0.001^-0.001
>   ans =  1.0069
>
> which is the correct result, because
>
>    octave:4> 1 / (0.001^-0.001)
>    ans =  0.99312
>
>
> Last thing, x^x with a negative x will give you a complex result, but still
> converging to 1:
>
>    octave:5> (-0.001) ^ (-0.001)
>    ans =     1.00692669984728 -  0.00316336393000065i
>
>    octave:6> (-1e-10) ^ (-1e-10)
>    ans =     1.00000000230259 - 3.14159266082358e-10i
>
>
> I hope this helps.
>
Julien and Bärd, I now see my error, thanks for taking the time to
explain it to me
jean

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