#2449 cabs(expr) fails when expr is 0

Raymond Toy

This came up on the mailing list discussion about rtest_trig failures on 2012-07-19. The issue is that commit 5ea6ff3 fixed an issue with polarform but introduces a new issue when the expression is zero, as determined by $sign. Here is an example that causes it. It shows up with cmucl, but not other lisps. I assume with other lisps the expression doesn't evaluate to zero.

(%i1) expr: 0.983425555216359*%i/(0.839139579024831-1.171945144524351*%i) -.8680141428959249*%i +0.834650094344116/(0.839139579024831-1.171945144524351*%i)+.2176215618544027$

(%i2) trace(sign)$

(%i3) cabs(expr);

1 Enter ?sign
1 Exit ?sign zero
(%o3) 0.983425555216359*%i/(0.839139579024831-1.171945144524351*%i)

(%i4) rectform(expr);
(%o4) 0.0


  • Raymond Toy

    Raymond Toy - 2012-08-02

    Here's something more reproducible that doesn't depend on reading the floats to get precisely the correct values:

    cabs(expand(subst(x = %i/2+1/2, cot(2*x) - (cot(x)^2-1)/(2*cot(x))))),numer;

    Again, sign returns zero, but cabs doesn't return 0.0.

  • Dan Gildea

    Dan Gildea - 2013-01-07

    Fixed in rpart.lisp.

  • Dan Gildea

    Dan Gildea - 2013-01-07
    • status: open --> closed
    • assigned_to: Dan Gildea
    • milestone: --> None

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