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[CLJ-1371] divide(Object, Object) with (NaN, 0) does not return NaN Created: 07/Mar/14  Updated: 07/Mar/14

Status: Reopened
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: None
Fix Version/s: None

Type: Defect Priority: Trivial
Reporter: Yongqian Li Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 0
Labels: math


 Description   

user=> (def x Double/NaN)
#'user/x
user=> (/ x 0)

ArithmeticException Divide by zero clojure.lang.Numbers.divide (Numbers.java:156)
user=> (/ Double/NaN 0)
Double/NaN



 Comments   
Comment by Alex Miller [ 07/Mar/14 7:50 AM ]

As per the Java Language Specification (http://docs.oracle.com/javase/specs/jls/se7/html/jls-4.html#jls-4.2.4),

"All numeric operations with NaN as an operand produce NaN as a result."

Comment by Yongqian Li [ 07/Mar/14 7:54 AM ]

But in the first example it produces an ArithmeticException.

Comment by Alex Miller [ 07/Mar/14 9:27 AM ]

Ah, I see the question now.

Here we are dividing a double by a long. In the first case, this is parsed as divide(Object, long) which then calls divide(Object, Object), which throws ArithmeticException if the second arg is 0 (regardless of the first arg).

In the second case it's parsed as divide(double, long) which just relies on Java to properly upcast the primitive long to a double to do the divide.

Note that making this call with 2 doubles does return NaN:

user=> (def x Double/NaN)
#'user/x
user=> (/ x 0.0)
NaN

or type hinting x to a double works as well:

user=> (def x Double/NaN)
#'user/x
user=> (/ ^double x 0.0)
NaN

I think one option to "fix" this behavior would be to add checks in divide(Object, Object) to check whether x is NaN and instead return NaN.

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