[Numpy-discussion] What is the sign of nan?

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Mon Sep 29 17:28:04 CDT 2008

On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 17:13, Charles R Harris
<charlesr.harris@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 3:52 PM, Charles R Harris
> <charlesr.harris@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I've been cleaning up the ufunc loops and the sign function currently
>> doesn't have a defined behavior for nans. This makes the results depend on
>> the order/type of comparisons in the code, which looks fragile to me. So
>> what should it return? I vote for nan but am open for suggestions.
> And while we're at it, lets decide how to treat max/min when nans are
> involved. Or should we just say the behavior is undefined.

When feasible, I would like float(s)->float functions to return NaN
when given a NaN as an argument. At least as the main versions of the
function. Specific NaN-ignoring functions can also be introduced, but
as separate functions. I don't know what exactly to do about
float->int functions (e.g. argmin). I also don't know how these should
interact with the current seterr() state.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless
enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as
though it had an underlying truth."
  -- Umberto Eco

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