ASKSAGE: Sage Q&A Forum - Latest question feedhttp://ask.sagemath.org/questions/Q&A Forum for SageenCopyright Sage, 2010. Some rights reserved under creative commons license.Tue, 06 Dec 2011 08:28:55 -0600Problem with sign / sgn and .n()http://ask.sagemath.org/question/8535/problem-with-sign-sgn-and-n/I have an urgent problem with the sign function. I have done a symbolic calculation and want to evaluate the result numerically. The symbolic terms have a sgn() function within, which gives me an error when I try to evaluate the expression numerically. Please find the error below. I do not have the slightest ideas why sage can not evaluate that (simple) expression:
sign(1050*cos(61075634/181449129) + 900).n()
How can i solve that problem?
Thanks a lot in advance,
Best Markus
Error:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
File "_sage_input_60.py", line 10, in <module>
exec compile(u'open("___code___.py","w").write("# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-\\n" + .....
execfile(os.path.abspath("___code___.py"))
File "", line 1, in <module>
File "/tmp/tmp4W3s9l/___code___.py", line 4, in <module>
exec compile(u'qwer.n()
File "", line 1, in <module>
File "expression.pyx", line 4053, in sage.symbolic.expression.Expression._numerical_approx (sage/symbolic/expression.cpp:17894)
TypeError: cannot evaluate symbolic expression numerically
edit by kcrisman: Here's a minimal example:
sage: M = sgn(cos(3/2))
sage: M.n()
It doesn't suffice to do `sgn(cos(1))`, because that turns out to be `1`.Louis CypherTue, 06 Dec 2011 08:28:55 -0600http://ask.sagemath.org/question/8535/