Good morning,

I am plotting the function $h[x]$, see below, and obtain an oscillating behavior in the range $x \in [7.2,8.3]$ that cannot be explained by the function itself. Also for $x \ge 8.4$ it seems to be a constant function which is not plausible either, and the limit for $x \to \infty$ should be $-1$ and not $0.5$ as visually indicated.

Here is the code:

h[x_]:=(x*CDF[NormalDistribution[0, 1], x]*Log[CDF[NormalDistribution[0, 1], x]])/PDF[NormalDistribution[0, 1], x];  Plot[h[x], {x, -7, 20}]

There seems to be a numerical issue that I cannot resolve. Do you have any idea? Thanks for your support, Aronas.


1 Answer 1


It works if you boost the Working precision.

h[x_] := (x*CDF[NormalDistribution[0, 1], x]*
    Log[CDF[NormalDistribution[0, 1], x]])/
  PDF[NormalDistribution[0, 1], x]; 


Plot[h[x], {x, -5, 14}, WorkingPrecision -> 80]

enter image description here

Note that for a WorkingPrecision -> 40 one gets a smooth output with a sharp discontinuity near 13.5 which is somewhat misleading.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks chris for the very fast answer!! It works here as well. Have a nice day, Aronas. $\endgroup$ Jun 30, 2021 at 7:19
  • $\begingroup$ You are welcome. Please don't forget to eventually validate the answer which best address your problem . $\endgroup$
    – chris
    Jun 30, 2021 at 7:21

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