Reciprocal

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Reciprocal (÷) is a monadic scalar function which gives the multiplicative inverse of a real or complex number. Reciprocal shares the glyph <syntaxhighlight lang=apl inline>÷</source> with the dyadic arithmetic function Divide.

Examples

<syntaxhighlight lang=apl>

     ÷1 2 3 4 5

1 0.5 0.3333333333 0.25 0.2

     ÷¯2 0.5 1J2

¯0.5 2 0.2J¯0.4

     ÷0

DOMAIN ERROR: Divide by zero

÷0                         
∧

     ⎕DIV←1  ⍝ this sets division by 0 to always return 0
     ÷0

0 </source>

Properties

The reciprocal of any real or complex number is equal to 1 divided by that number. Therefore the monadic <syntaxhighlight lang=apl inline>÷</source> can be seen as dyadic <syntaxhighlight lang=apl inline>÷</source> with default left argument of 1. This applies even to the reciprocal of 0; <syntaxhighlight lang=apl inline>÷0</source> and <syntaxhighlight lang=apl inline>1÷0</source> show identical behavior for both <syntaxhighlight lang=apl inline>⎕DIV←0</source> (raising DOMAIN ERROR) and <syntaxhighlight lang=apl inline>⎕DIV←1</source> (returning 0).

<syntaxhighlight lang=apl>

     ÷1 2 3 4 5

1 0.5 0.3333333333 0.25 0.2

     1÷1 2 3 4 5

1 0.5 0.3333333333 0.25 0.2 </source>

For any non-zero real or complex numbers, the signum of reciprocal is equal to the conjugate of signum, and the magnitude of reciprocal is equal to the reciprocal of magnitude.

<syntaxhighlight lang=apl>

     (×∘÷ ≡ +∘×)1 2 3 ¯2 0.5 1J2

1

     (|∘÷ ≡ ÷∘|)1 2 3 ¯2 0.5 1J2

1

</source>

Works in: Dyalog APL

See also

External links

Documentation

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