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[Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #56884] mean can overflow

From: Marco Caliari
Subject: [Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #56884] mean can overflow
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2019 05:07:24 -0400 (EDT)
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                 Summary: mean can overflow
                 Project: GNU Octave
            Submitted by: caliari
            Submitted on: Thu 12 Sep 2019 09:07:22 AM UTC
                Category: Octave Function
                Severity: 3 - Normal
                Priority: 5 - Normal
              Item Group: Inaccurate Result
                  Status: None
             Assigned to: None
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             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
                 Release: dev
        Operating System: GNU/Linux



The function mean can overflow

> mean([1.7e308,1.5e308])
ans =  Inf

even if the result is clearly 1.6e308. It appear to me that the simplest
solution is to replace

y = sum (x, dim) / n;


y = sum (x / n, dim);

around line 153 of mean.m. By the way, matlab overflows too.


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