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Old April 14th, 2005, 11:51 AM
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There are a few abstract "numbers" defined by the IEEE FP-standard
for exmaple:
Signed zero
Denormalized number
Signed infinity
Not a Number

IEEE Floating-Point Values

Name Quantity Exponent Significand
Not a Number NaN E = Emax + 1 sig not equal 0

Not a Number (NaN) results from an operation involving one or more invalid operands. For instance 0/0 and SQRT(-1) result in NaN. In general, an operation involving a NaN produces another NaN. Because the fraction of a NaN is unspecified, there are many possible NaNs depending on what the significand is. In this case, any value will do.


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