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From "Gilles (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (MATH-433) Signal overflow by raising an exception
Date Sun, 07 Nov 2010 00:14:23 GMT
Signal overflow by raising an exception

                 Key: MATH-433
             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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