Issue #7682 has been reported by ccashwell (Chris Cashwell).

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Bug #7682: Inconsistent results when using variables versus raw floats in exponential calculations
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/7682

Author: ccashwell (Chris Cashwell)
Status: Open
Priority: Normal
Assignee: 
Category: 
Target version: 1.9.3
ruby -v: ruby 1.9.3p194 (2012-04-20 revision 35410) [x86_64-darwin11.4.0]


When performing exponential calculations using a negative number as the base, inconsistent results are returned when using the raw value as opposed to a variable containing the value.

In IRB:

1.9.3p194 :001 > -4.5 ** 0.5
 => -2.1213203435596424 
1.9.3p194 :002 > foo = -4.5
 => -4.5 
1.9.3p194 :003 > foo ** 0.5
 => (1.2989340843532398e-16+2.1213203435596424i) 

The expected behavior is that these two calculations should be equivalent. The compiler treats the - sign differently when using an inline float versus a variable float.


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