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BigDecimal pow function
Hi
I'am looking for a method that operate on BigDecimals. I nedd to do x^y where x and y are BigDecimals.
I found a commercial library SuanShu but I prefer free solution.
There is
but exponent must be from range and with decimal part = 0. Otherwise it throws AritmeticException.
with regards
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Re: BigDecimal pow function
Suppose you want to calculate a^b where both a and b are BigDecimals; suppose b has n fractional digits, so 10^n*b is an int or BigInteger.
So, a^b == a^(10^n*b)/a^(10^n); this reduces the problem to taking the power of a raised to a BigInteger or an int (twice); raising a^x where x is a BigInteger can be reduced to:
a^x == a^(x/2)*a^(x/2)*x iff x is odd;
a^x == a^(x/2)*a^(x/2) iff x is even;
a^x == a iff x is 1;
a^x == 1 iff x is 0
a^x can be calculated with BigDecimal.pow( ... ) iff x <= Integer.MAX_VALUE.
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Re: BigDecimal pow function
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Re: BigDecimal pow function
Of course it isn't true; some moron must've doodled it down while he was still asleep (he probably hadn't had his espresso yet); the last part of all that nonsense is true but trivial; I didn't have my esprsso yet either; I'll probably get back to this later. Maybe a bit of fiddling with the BigDecimal.setScale( ... ) method can do the trick ...
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Re: BigDecimal pow function
Well, I've worked on this some but I can't seem to figure it out. Somewhere, somehow I keep getting stuck with having to take the 10^n root of the result. This is because a^(10^n*b) == (a^b)^10^n. In any event, I usually end up with some decimal as part of the exponent so I am back to square one.
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