[R] WIERD: Basic computing in R

poolloopus at yahoo.com poolloopus at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 1 20:15:58 CEST 2008

Can someone please enlighten me as to why the following happens?
> -2.7^8.6
[1] -5125.407

> p<- -2.7
> q<- 8.6
> p^q
[1] NaN
R seems perfectly able to calculate -2.7^8.6, but fails when the exact same values are assigned to variables and then the computation is repeated. 
Thanks in advance for any suggetsions.

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