Happy Happy Joy Joy (was: On to Hydro)

Mark S. Miller markm@caplet.com
Mon, 21 Aug 2000 15:47:43 -0700

At 03:36 PM 8/21/00 , Bill Frantz wrote:
>I'm tempted to say that the only use for a container of garbage is to be
>removed by the trash collectors.  :-)
>NaN is Not a number.  It is an indication that your calculation produced
>garbage.  You shouldn't expect it to behave like a number.

But it does exist and have a well defined behavior.  What would you have 
these containers do when asked to store and retrieve NaNs?  Remember, the 
containers don't know about numbers, only things with the properties needed 
for these containers to hold them.