Set of numbers in Mma 3.0 is smaller tha
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- Subject: [mg7555] Set of numbers in Mma 3.0 is smaller tha
- From: Ersek_Ted%PAX1A at mr.nawcad.navy.mil
- Date: Fri, 13 Jun 1997 19:38:06 -0400 (EDT)
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
I noticed that Mma 3.0 has two new system variables
$MaxNumber, and $MinNumber.
Suppose you need to work with numbers larger than $MaxNumber.
or closer to zero than $MinNumber. All you have to do is change the value
$MaxNumber or $MinNumber. Sounds easy right ?
Well I tired, and couldn't.
Do I need to work with really big numbers or really tiny numbers? No.
I was just exploring the limitations of the system.
However, I wonder if some users that are affected by this apparent
I will point out that you can work with numbers that exceed the limitations
by $MinNumber and $MaxNumber as long as the kernal doesn't try to
compute the numerical value. For example you will have no trouble working
Exp[10^15] even though it exceeds $MaxNumber.
Just don't try to do N[Exp[10^15]].
Now does it take an awful long time to do calculations with very big
Sometimes it does. Consider the lines below:
In:= (* My 90 Mhz Pentium computes the following in a flash *)
In:= (* However it takes about 5 minutes to find the half billion digits
in the following *)
(* Even though I followed it with a semi-colon. *)
As I would expect it seems it is practical to work with huge numbers as long
as the amount of
Precision needed isn't huge. I don't see why a user should be prohibited
similar calculations with numbers that are much much larger than $MaxNumber.
It seems to me Version 2.2 had no such limitation built in.
I thought you were only limited by the storage capacity of your computer,
and the time you were willing to wait.
- Are there any applications that need to go outside the above limitations
- Can a user increase $MaxNumber, or decrease the magnitude of
- Does Version 2.2 give good results when the values are outside the above
- Did WRI impose a limitation on the range of numerical values so that
could run faster?
ersek_ted%pax1a at mr.nawcad.navy.mil
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