dsc at swcp.com
Fri Apr 9 00:55:21 CDT 2004
On Thursday, April 8, 2004, at 09:56 PM, Stephen Messimer wrote:
> Type Operators *: range error (overflow)
> Object Bed Adequacy
> Line else return theNumber * factorial(theNumber -1)
> Hint factorial
> Is there a work around for this?
> OSX 10.2.8, Rev 2.1.2, 512 MB of RAM
I have 10.2.8, too, and for many calculations I get 00000Inf.
The "double" floating point numbers used by Revolution use about 11
bits for the exponent. A few special codes are used, but that is
approximately the range.
Try 2^1000 and 2^2000 in the message box.
Try length(2^1000). Or 169^169.
I'm making a list of what kinds of libraries I might build soon and on
my list are several variations of enhanced numbers and associated
arithmetic. I am interested in what ranges folks would find
interesting or useful. I might find something else more fun or
As for your workaround... You might look at your math. If you are
dividing a factorial by a factorial, you might want to change your
function to multiply the number n to m instead. You might convert your
math to work with the logs of your values.
If you really need extended math you might build your numbers out of
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