Inf and NaN problem
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Commented: Star Strider on 14 Jan 2015
I have to do some computations with very big numbers values, so my matlab code returns "Inf" and "NaN.. I want to know if there is a way to avoid this problem? here is the part of my code that returns Inf and NaN
Actually the "UtiliteProba"= Inf and "proba"=NaN , the "constante" is equal to Inf too..
thank you so much for your help
Iain on 14 Jan 2015
Logarithms are your friends. Here's what I mean maths:
log(UtiliteProba) = (UtiliteB(b,l)+UtiliteC(b,l))/T (values in the range of a few hundred correspond to the maximum values matlab can handle with doubles)
proba = e^(log(UtiliteProba) - log(constante(1,b))
log(proba) = (log(UtiliteProba) - log(constante(1,b))
The only way I can imagine to avoid the Inf and NaN values (assuming none of the arguments ‘UtiliteB’ and ‘UtiliteC’ are either Inf or NaN) is to not take the exponential and keep them as logarithms until you need to actually evaluate them as exponentials:
UtiliteProba(b,l) = ((UtiliteB(b,l)+UtiliteC(b,l))/T);
proba(b,l) = UtiliteProba(b,l) - log(constante(1,b));
â€˜log(constante) would be log(inf)â€™
If â€˜constante = Infâ€™, then none of your calculations using it will produce any useful results.
You need to review your calculation of â€˜constanteâ€™ and see what the problem is with it.
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