[Maxima] How to deal with r^(bfloat(2/3))/r^(2.0/3)

Daniel Lakeland dlakelan at street-artists.org
Wed Dec 12 21:01:30 CST 2007

On Thu, Dec 13, 2007 at 12:27:17AM +0800, zycentre wrote:
> (%i5) r^(bfloat(2/3))/r^(2.0/3);
>                                             -.19073b-6
> (%o5)                             r
> The right result should be 1.
> The reason is:
> (%i6) (bfloat(2/3))-(2.0/3);
> (%o6)                             -.19073b-6
> So, I want to set a rule: when the index less than a certain value, like 1.e-6, take it as 0.

Others have given you information about how bfloats are handled in
current versions of maxima. Here is some advice about your desire to
convert a^b = a^0 when b is small.


is the section on rules and matching in the maxima manual. Your best
bet is probably to set a tellsimpafter rule that matches a^b and
checks to see if b is a floating point or bfloat number and then
checks to see if abs(b) < your threshold. You could try setting the
threshold to a small multiple of fpprec (say 8 * fpprec).

Daniel Lakeland
dlakelan at street-artists.org

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