Re: Help: 1.#QNAN ??
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- Subject: [mg24763] Re: Help: 1.#QNAN ??
- From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
- Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 00:31:46 -0400 (EDT)
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
Hi, my answer will not help you much. The floting point standard allow (beside the mantissa|exponent) numbers the representation of some non numeric expressions. In particular all things that can't be interpreted as a mantissa|exponent combination are reportet as NAN. An example may be char str="A sting that in not a number." double *dptr; dptr=(double *)str; and *dptr is Not A Number or (NAN). An other source of NAN may be floting point overflows. The processor generate typical an exception in this case but you (or your compiler) may ignore this exceptions and continue. Since you can also have +INF and -INF a division by a +INF may generate a NAN. So the only solution for you ist to find the bug in your program where you divide by zero or assign pointers to the false memory location. Regards Jens Phil wrote: > > Hi, > I apologise if this is slightly off-topic, but I imagine many people here > use Mathematica & C++ in computations. In a C++ program I have used 'double' > for all of my values in computations. My outputs are usually shown in the > form 5.324670 etc... but in some cases I get them in this form 1.#QNAN. > What on earth does this mean? It may be a problem as I want to write my > values to file to be read in by another application, and I don't suppose it > will understand what type of value 1.#QNAN is either. > Thanks In Advance. > Philip.