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Found code that fails grade 11 math: log base conversion.

Posted by peeterjoot on March 26, 2014

Unless my headache is impacting my ability to manipulate log identities, this LOG10 code is plain wrong:

      static double findLog(double value, FunctionType logFunction)
         switch (logFunction)
            case LN:
               return log(double(value));
            case LOG10:
               return log(double(value)) / log(2.0);

Perhaps it is dead code, since this divide should be log(10.0) (or just M_LN10), but nobody appears to have noticed.

Two other possibilities are:

  • somebody was being way too clever, and when they wrote LOG10, they meant it as Log base 0b10.
  • somebody thought that for computer software a “natural logarithm” would use base 2.

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