Re: Bugs in Abs and Sign !?
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- Subject: [mg25705] Re: [mg25674] Bugs in Abs and Sign !?
- From: Tomas Garza <tgarza01 at prodigy.net.mx>
- Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 04:35:30 -0400 (EDT)
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
I guess it's just a matter of how Abs works. Take In:= Abs[x^2] // FullForm Out//FullForm= Power[Abs[x], 2] This says that the calculation of Abs[x^2] proceeds by taking first the absolute value of x, and then squaring it. This procedure gives the right result. However, for an arbitrary function g, In:= g[x^2] // FullForm Out//FullForm= g[Power[x, 2]] i.e., first square the argument and then apply g, which is what one might expect. Why does Abs goes in a different way? That is why one gets In:= Abs[x^2] /. Abs[u_] -> fnt[u] Out= fnt[x]^2 instead of fnt[x^2]. But I wouldn't call it a bug - it's just the way Abs calculates, and it gives the right result. Tomas Garza Mexico City Jack Goldberg <jackgold at umich.edu> wrote: > Try, > > Abs[x^2] /. Abs[u_] -> fnt[u] > > and > > Sign[x^2] /. Sign[u_] -> fnt[u] > > In each case I get fnt[x]^2. Shouldn't I get fnt[x^2]? After all, > g[x^2] /. g[u_] -> fnt[u] returns fnt[x^2] which is what I have been led > to expect from Mathematica. I am using ver 4.01 on a PowerMac. > > These peculiarities are driving me crazy. This is the fourth "bug" I have > found in just 2 weeks. Please tell me I'm wrong.