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why zero to the power of zero is not NaN?

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Rafael Palacios
Rafael Palacios on 16 Sep 2016
Edited: Walter Roberson on 16 Sep 2016
In Matlab, 0/0 returns NaN. However 0ˆ0 returns 1 instead of NaN.

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James Tursa
James Tursa on 16 Sep 2016
Edited: Walter Roberson on 16 Sep 2016
Having 0^0 = 1 is a choice MATLAB made and is in agreement with many authors. But this can either be OK or not OK for your application, so if it makes a difference to you for your specific problem, you will need to check for this condition. More discussion can be found here:

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mbonus
mbonus on 16 Sep 2016
0^0 = 1, that's why MATLAB returns 1. "If f and g are real functions that vanish at the origin and are analytic at 0 (infinitely differentiable is not sufficient), then f(x)^g(x) approaches 1 as x approaches 0 from the right." http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.0.to.0.power.html

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