# Re: [Sc-devel] When integers go bad

Then don't use integers. You'll get the behavior you want (infinities) and a much larger range of integers if you use Float.
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On Feb 26, 2008, at 2:48 PM, Julian Rohrhuber <rohrhuber@uni- hamburg.de> wrote:
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```I also think this is not optimal. I've had hard to find bugs with
integer arithmetics because of this.

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```Hm, OK, well maybe I'm just spoilt by environments like Octave or
Matlab that give you inf when you go off the scale, which is a really
useful warning that you've hit the buffers! (Maybe they use floats
implicitly even for integers.)

Thanks
Dan

2008/2/26, James Harkins <jamshark70@xxxxxxxxx>:
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```This is standard behavior for integer arithmetic. Keeping it simple,
if you have 8 bits only:

2r01111111 == 127
+1
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2r10000000 == -128

Actually, n - 1 works by addition. 5 - 1 = 5 + (-1) = 5 + (2^8 - 1)

2r00000101 + 2r11111111 = 2r00000100 or 4.

I think it's more a matter of being careful, or of .asFloat'ing
everything when the range might get very large.
hjh

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On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 4:53 PM, Dan Stowell <danstowell@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
```Hi -

SC goes a bit strange when integers go off the scale:

1410889248 * 99;   // Results in -2055885216

Is this as designed? Since it returns an Integer, it's pretty
dangerous since it can continue to be used in calculations and can
corrupt. Would be better if it returned inf, or perhaps even threw
some kind of exception. Is that feasible?
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