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From "Bill Barker (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Resolved: (MATH-373) StatUtils.sum returns NaN for zero-length arrays
Date Thu, 02 Sep 2010 04:53:53 GMT

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Bill Barker resolved MATH-373.
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    Resolution: Fixed

This will be fixed in the 3.0 build.

> StatUtils.sum returns NaN for zero-length arrays
> ------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: MATH-373
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MATH-373
>             Project: Commons Math
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 2.1
>            Reporter: Roman Werpachowski
>             Fix For: 3.0
>
>
> StatUtils.sum returns NaN for zero-length arrays, which is:
> 1. inconsistent with the mathematical notion of sum: in maths, sum_{i=0}^{N-1} a_i will
be 0 for N=0. In particular, the identity
> sum_{i=0}^{k-1} a_i + sum_{i=k}^{N-1} = sum_{i=0}^{N-1}
> is broken for k = 0, since NaN + x = NaN, not x.
> 2. introduces hard to debug erros (returning a NaN is one of the worst forms of reporting
an exceptional condition, as NaNs propagate silently and require manual tracing during the
debugging)
> 3. enforces "special case" handling when the user expects that the summed array can have
a zero length.
> The correct behaviour is, in my opinion, to return 0.0, not NaN in the above case.

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