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Jacob Kirbawi writes:

> This is either a bug in the function ER(N) ("square root of N")

> or I might be using the function outside its defined domain :

Frank Celler writes:

> the manual requires that N is a positive integer (see "ATALS

> irrationalities"), but I agree 'ER' should either signal an error or

> give the expected result or the manual should be even more definite in

> restricting the domain.

I started to write a reply just along these lines, but one thing stopped me

short. At the end of 13.12 -- ATLAS irrationalities in the manual, there's

an example which looks like this:

gap> EW(16,3); EW(17,2); ER(3); ER(-3); EY(5); EB(9); 0 E(17)+E(17)^4+E(17)^13+E(17)^16 -E(12)^7+E(12)^11 E(3)-E(3)^2 E(5)+E(5)^4 1 where ER(-3) supposedly returns E(3)-E(3)^2.

Either someone's got a fancy unreleased version of GAP, or they cheated a bit

with the examples ;)

-Lewis (lmccarth@klingon.cs.umass.edu)

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