[Numpy-discussion] Binary ufuncs: minimum

Christopher Barker Chris.Barker@noaa....
Tue May 27 17:07:28 CDT 2008

Charles R Harris wrote:

> Yep, abs fails:
> In [1]: abs(array([-128,-128], dtype=int8))
> Out[1]: array([-128, -128], dtype=int8)

Well, yes, but this is a know vagary of the the hardware implementation 
for signed integers, as demonstrated by that JAVA Puzzles video that Jon 
Wright pointed us to a couple days ago. (Which to me could have been 
titled: "Why I don't want to use JAVA")

Sure, it could be fixed in this case by promoting to a larger type, but 
it's going to fail at the largest integer anyway, and I don't think any 
expects abs() to return a new type.


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