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On Mon, Feb 28, 2005 at 01:45:51PM +0000, David Jones wrote:
> nan = tonumber"nan" will do, it's not very non-portable.  On an IEEE 
> conforming system this will generate a NaN.  On systems without NaNs 
> then it will generate 0.  Seems like a reasonable behaviour.  You can 
> even do [[ if nan == nan ]] to see which one you ended up with.

If you really want math.nan (and math.inf, for that matter), you can define
math.nan = 0/0 and math.inf = 1/0. But I think that

math.isnan = function(x) return not (x==x) end
math.isinf = function(x) return math.isnan(x-x) end

would be more useful. If you deal with a lot of computations (numerical
analysts, unite!), you can wrap those in a library (HUGE_VAL for inf, isinf,
isnan...). But then you'd be better off doing computations on C and wrapping
your results to lua.

--luis, two cents more, please.

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.
        -- P. Erdos 

Luis Carvalho
Applied Math PhD Student - Brown University
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