# Power (function)

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This page describes the dyadic function. For the monadic function that uses $e$ as a base, see Exponential. For the iteration operator, see Power (operator).
 `*`

Power (`*`) is a dyadic scalar function that computes the exponentiation function of the two arguments, so that `X*Y` is `X` raised to the power `Y`. Power shares the glyph `*` with the monadic arithmetic function Exponential.

## Examples

```      2*¯1 0 1 2 3 4 5
0.5 1 2 4 8 16 32
```

A common technique is to choose sign based on a Boolean array:

```      ¯1*1 0 0 1 0
¯1 1 1 ¯1 1
```

## Properties

For positive integer `Y`, `X*Y` equals the product of `Y` copies of `X`. When `Y` is 0, `X*Y` equals 1, possibly except when `X` is also 0 (since zero to the power of zero is undefined in mathematics).

```      3*5
243
×/5⍴3
243
1 2 3*0
1 1 1
```

Negating the exponent (right argument) gives the reciprocal of the return value.

```      (2*¯4)=÷2*4
1
```

If the exponent is the reciprocal of some number n, the result is the n-th root of the base. For example, a right argument of `÷2` gives the square root.

```      3*2
9
9*÷2
3
```

Power has two inverses, Root and Logarithm:

```      2*3
8
2⍟8
3
3√8
2
```