NAN Not-a-Number Constant

Section: Array Generation and Manipulations


Returns a value that represents ``not-a-number'' for both 32 and 64-bit floating point values. This constant is meant to represent the result of arithmetic operations whose output cannot be meaningfully defined (like zero divided by zero). There are several forms for the NaN function. The first form returns a double precision NaN.
   y = nan

The next form takes a class name that can be either 'double'

   y = nan('double')

or 'single':

   y = nan('single')

With a single parameter it generates a square matrix of nans.

   y = nan(n)

Alternatively, you can specify the dimensions of the array via

   y = nan(m,n,p,...)


   y = nan([m,n,p,...])

Finally, you can add a classname of either 'single' or 'double'.


The following examples demonstrate a few calculations with the not-a-number constant.
--> nan*0

ans = 

--> nan-nan

ans = 

Note that NaNs are preserved under type conversion to floating point types (i.e., float, double, complex and dcomplex types), but not integer types.

--> uint32(nan)

ans = 

--> complex(nan)

ans =