Subject: Re: ACL bug in (tanh x) ? From: Erik Naggum <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2000/06/08 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <email@example.com> * Tim Bradshaw <firstname.lastname@example.org> | So they've got a test in to stop it dying through overflow, but the | test assumes doubles, and it overflows with singles much earlier. | (I guess the test is something like `if it's greater than this just | return 1 coerced to the approprate type'). This is all bogus. (tanh x) is defined as (/ (sinh x) (cosh x)), and those are defined as (/ (+/- (exp x) (exp (- x))) 2), but (exp x) doesn't do a test, it bloats the value to double-float, computes the value, then abbreviates it to single-float, which fails for a whole truckload of double-floats, naturally. The NaN-single result is simply that of of (/ infinity infinity). I don't have an equally good explanation for the 1.0 result, which I actually don't get on my Intel Pentium III running Linux. *sigh* #:Erik -- If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.