MirBSD manpage: hypot(3), hypotf(3)

HYPOT(3)                   BSD Programmer's Manual                    HYPOT(3)


     hypot, hypotf - Euclidean distance and complex absolute value functions




     #include <math.h>

     hypot(double x, double y);

     hypotf(float x, float y);


     The hypot() functions compute the sqrt(x*x+y*y) in such a way that under-
     flow will not happen, and overflow occurs only if the final result
     deserves it.

     hypot(Infinity, v) = hypot(v, Infinity) = +Infinity for all v, including


     Below 0.97 ulps. Consequently hypot(5.0, 12.0) = 13.0 exactly; in gen-
     eral, hypot returns an integer whenever an integer might be expected.

     The same cannot be said for the shorter and faster version of hypot that
     is provided in the comments in cabs.c; its error can exceed 1.2 ulps.


     As might be expected, hypot(v, NaN) and hypot(NaN, v) are NaN for all
     finite v; with "reserved operand" in place of "NaN", the same is true on
     a VAX. But programmers on machines other than a VAX (it has no Infinity)
     might be surprised at first to discover that hypotInfinity, NaN) = +In-
     finity. This is intentional; it happens because hypot(Infinity, v) = +In-
     finity for all v, finite or infinite. Hence hypot(Infinity, v) is in-
     dependent of v. Unlike the reserved operand fault on a VAX, the IEEE NaN
     is designed to disappear when it turns out to be irrelevant, as it does
     in hypot(Infinity, NaN).


     math(3), sqrt(3)


     Both a hypot() function and a cabs() function appeared in Version 7 AT&T
     UNIX. cabs() was removed from public namespace in NetBSD 5.0 to avoid
     conflicts with the complex function in C99.

MirBSD #10-current            February 12, 2007                              1

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