[R] over/under flow

From: William H. Asquith <wasquith_at_austin.rr.com>
Date: Mon 04 Jul 2005 - 06:02:25 EST


I am porting some FORTRAN to R in which an Inf triggers an if(). The trigger is infinite on exp(lgamma(OVER)). What is the canonical R style of determining OVER when exp(OVER)== Inf? The code structure that I am
porting is best left intact--so I need to query R somehow to the value of OVER that causes exp(lgamma(OVER)) to equal Inf.

On my system,
exp(lgamma(171)) is about first to equal Inf.

I asked similar question a few weeks ago on exp(OVER) and got the answer back as log(.Machine$double.xmax). I now have the lgamma involved. I think that answer is what is OVER such the

.Machine$double.xmax = lgamma(OVER),

but I am not sure how to invert or solve for OVER

Thanks.



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