[PYTHON MATRIX-SIG] floating point handling

Hinsen Konrad hinsenk@ere.umontreal.ca
Fri, 3 Nov 1995 09:59:13 -0500

   If you insist on having "Inf" for infinity and "NaN" for 1/0, all you
   probably need to do is hack the floatobject.c module a wee bit, to
   include representations for them and to return them in appropriate

Indeed I don't think this is much work, having looked at the float
implementation quite a bit before writing the complex module. But
obviously there must be a way to enable or disable floating point
exceptions (I thing everyone agrees they are useful). I am not quite
sure what the appropriate way to do that would be - a variable in the
sys module would be nice, but probably expensive to check after each
float operation. A function with a boolean argument that sets a C
variable might be better. Or maybe there is a better way that I just
can't think of... The same flag could then be used in the complex and
matrix modules.

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