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From "Phil Steitz (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (MATH-433) Signal overflow by raising an exception
Date Sun, 07 Nov 2010 20:38:07 GMT


Phil Steitz commented on MATH-433:

As I said on the ML, I am not in favor of this change, pretty much for the reasons that Luc
points out.  Also, to do this consistently, we would have to trap every floating point computation
(essentially introduce floating point versions of the mulAndCheck, addAndCheck, etc in MathUtils)
that we do throughout the library,  which would have significant performance impacts. 

> Signal overflow by raising an exception
> ---------------------------------------
>                 Key: MATH-433
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Math
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Gilles
>            Priority: Minor
> Referring to the ML thread (with subject "Factorial").
> Shouldn't Commons-Math always raise an exception when overflow is detected, including
in cases where the Java language specification has decided to return infinity?
> It was argued, in the ML thread on "FunctionEvaluationException", that it was much better
to raise an exception than to rely on special values to detect problems. I think that the
same argument fits perfectly in this case.

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