Happy Happy Joy Joy (was: On to Hydro)
Mon, 21 Aug 2000 16:02:48 -0700
At 03:47 PM 8/21/00 -0700, Mark S. Miller wrote:
>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.
Since NaN is the result of a computation gone bad, where it was too
expensive to check every step, I think the correct answer is to throw an
Cheers - Bill