Author 
Comment/Response 
Nick

09/16/05 03:00am
I found this bug (?) while writing a program.
Lets say I execute the following line:
Clear[f]; n = 3; Do[f[x] = x, {x, n + .4, n + .8, .2}]; f[n + .6]
As you would expect, I get back 3.6
Now, when I execute the very similar line
Clear[f]; n = 4; Do[f[x] = x, {x, n + .4, n + .8, .2}]; f[n + .6]
I don't get back 4.6, I get back f[4.6]. If I ask for f[4.4] or f[4.8] I get the correct values, but for some reason f[4.6] doesn't assign. I can manually assign f[4.6], but it doesn't work in the Do loop.
I did a loop to see which values of n (in the above line) has this problem, and they are:
n=4 to 7, 64 to 127, 1024 to 2047 and so on, which I noticed had the pattern n=2^2 to 2^31, 2^6 to 2^71, 2^10 to 2^111 and so on.
If I change the limits on the Do loop then it sometimes works, for example
Clear[f]; n = 4; Do[f[x] = x, {x, n, n + .8, .2}]; f[n + .6]
will return 4.6 as desired, whereas
Clear[f]; n = 4; Do[f[x] = x, {x, n + .2, n + .8, .2}]; f[n + .6]
returns f[4.6].
From what I can tell, only the n.6 value is affected, i.e. not n.4 or n.8 and such.
I did these calculations on a clean kernel and a fresh install of Mathematica. Is this a bug?
I am using Mathematica 5.2 on a 64bit Linux system.
Attachment: bug.nb, URL: , 
