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From: Christophe Raffalli <Christophe.Raffalli@u...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Are you sure the new "=" of 3.08 is good ?

> You can perfectly well compute it, and the general consensus among the
> floating-point community is that trig functions should do the best they
> reasonably can even on huge arguments. Techniques for doing this kind
> of reduction reasonably efficiently have been known for at least 20
> years, e.g.

Yes you can perfectly compute sin 10e100.

But if x is the result of any computation (with rounding error), and x 
is huge, sin x may be any value between -1 and 1. So the best value from 
sin x is either 0 (your possible error is minimum) or nan.


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