Oracle® OLAP DML Reference 10g Release 1 (10.1) Part Number B1033902 


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The ROOTOFNEGATIVE option determines the result of any attempt to obtain a root of a negative number.
Data type
BOOLEAN
Syntax
ROOTOFNEGATIVE = YESNO
Arguments
Allows any attempt to obtain a root of a negative number. This means that a statement that attempts to obtain a root of a negative number will execute without an error; however, the result of the attempt to obtain the root will be NA
. When you are working with a dimensioned variable or expression, setting ROOTOFNEGATIVE to YES
enables you to obtain the root of most of the expression's values when a few of the values might be negative.
Disallows any attempt to obtain a root of a negative number. Any statement that attempts to obtain a root of a negative number will stop executing and an error message will be produced. (Default)
Notes
Raising a number to a noninteger power (for example, 5 ** 0.3
or 14 ** 2.7
) is an attempt to obtain a root.
Examples
Example 219 The Effect of ROOTOFNEGATIVE
The following example shows the effect of changing the value of the ROOTOFNEGATIVE option.
The variable TESTNUMBER has a value of 56
. When you execute a SHOW command such as the following one, without changing the ROOTOFNEGATIVE option from its default value of NO
, an attempt is made to obtain the square root and then an error message is produced.
SHOW SQRT(testnumber)
When you change ROOTOFNEGATIVE to YES
, the same command executes without error
ROOTOFNEGATIVE = YES SHOW SQRT(testnumber)
and produces the following result.
NA