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From "Gilles (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Resolved] (MATH-1397) Complex.ZERO.pow(2.0) is NaN
Date Mon, 01 May 2017 23:42:04 GMT

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Gilles resolved MATH-1397.
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    Resolution: Won't Do

Issue moved to "Commons Numbers", and fixed there.

> Complex.ZERO.pow(2.0) is NaN
> ----------------------------
>
>                 Key: MATH-1397
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MATH-1397
>             Project: Commons Math
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 3.6.1
>         Environment: Linux, Java1.7/Java1.8
>            Reporter: Mario Wenzel
>            Assignee: Eric Barnhill
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 4.0
>
>
> ```
> package complextest;
> import org.apache.commons.math3.complex.Complex;
> public class T {
> 	public static void main(String[] args) {
> 		System.out.println(Complex.ZERO.pow(2.0));
> 	}
> }
> ```
> This is the code and the readout is `(NaN, NaN)`. This surely isn't right. For one, it
should actually be zero (https://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=(0%2B0i)%5E2) and second of
all, the documentation doesn't state that anything could go wrong from a Complex number that
has no NaNs and Infs.
> The other definition states that it doesn't work when the base is Zero, but it surely
should. This strange corner case destroys any naive implementation of stuff wrt the mandelbrot
set.
> It would be nice to not have to implement this exception myself.



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