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I want to identify if a variable, which is the result of a calculation, is Indeterminate. I was trying to do this using If[]. For example

p = Log[PDF[NormalDistribution[0, 1], 1000000.]]

But it is not working. Could you please point me to a better strategy?


closed as too localized by Oleksandr R., F'x, rm -rf, belisarius, J. M. Sep 22 '12 at 2:48

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Voting to close for TL as this is directly addressed in the documentation for Indeterminate. –  Oleksandr R. Sep 12 '12 at 15:23
Procrastinator, you have only one down-vote on this question, and two up-votes; that's a net gain of +8 points. I don't think this needs to be deleted. If you get a bunch of additional down-votes or if it really bothers you I can delete it; flag again if needed. –  Mr.Wizard Sep 12 '12 at 16:51

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

You can use === (SameQ). Indeterminate is a special head, so that Equal (==) on it remains unevaluated:

Indeterminate == Indeterminate

(*  Indeterminate == Indeterminate *)


Indeterminate === Indeterminate

(* True *) 
Awesome! Thanks! I will accept the answer in 10 minutes. –  user2277 Sep 12 '12 at 15:19
@Procrastinator It is a recommended practice to wait for some time for better answers to appear. Normally one can give it a day or two, but that also depends on the question. –  Leonid Shifrin Sep 12 '12 at 15:20
Yes, I understand. In this case, this answer solves my problem. –  user2277 Sep 12 '12 at 15:21
MatchQ[] could be an alternative here, methinks... –  J. M. Sep 13 '12 at 13:43
@J.M. Sure, MatchQ reduces to SameQ for patterns not containing blanks etc. But it seems a less direct way to me. –  Leonid Shifrin Sep 13 '12 at 13:46

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