# [R] Exponentiate very large numbers

Mon Feb 4 19:53:07 CET 2013

```Hello,

Use a simple transfomation. Divide both t

log.a <- 1347
log.b <- 1351
tmp1 <- exp(log.a - log(0.1) - log.b) - 1
result <- tmp1 * exp(0.1 + log.b)  # -Inf

Using base 10, the result would be

-4.405386507*10^585

a number too large for R. See the help page ?.Machine

Hope this helps,

Em 04-02-2013 15:11, francesca casalino escreveu:
> Dear R experts,
>
> I have the logarithms of 2 values:
>
> log(a) = 1347
> log(b) = 1351
>
> And I am trying to solve this expression:
>
> exp( ln(a) ) - exp( ln(0.1) + ln(b) )
>
> But of course every time I try to exponentiate the log(a) or log(b)
> values I get Inf. Are there any tricks I can use to get a real result
> for exp( ln(a) ) - exp( ln(0.1) + ln(b) ), either in logarithm or
> exponential form?
>
>
> Thank you very much for the help
>
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