Consider this example:

ds = Dataset @ Transpose[<|"a" -> {1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1}, "b" -> {6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0}|>,
                         AllowedHeads -> All]

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Now say I need to work with the ratios of these two values. This works fine:

ds[;;-2, #a/#b &]

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But this fails:

ds[All, #a/#b &]

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It would be easier for me to just get a result with some ComplexInfinities. Does the operation fail by desgin or oversight? Is there a workaround? Should I just use

ds[All, Quiet[#a/#b] &]

all the time or is there a more general solution? Off[General::infy] doesn't prevent this from failing, though the failure message can't be displayed properly.

  • $\begingroup$ I'd upvote this if it weren't deleted. :^) $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Aug 4 '14 at 21:53
  • $\begingroup$ @Mr.Wizard Undeleted because I just discovered FailureAction. $\endgroup$ – Szabolcs Aug 4 '14 at 21:55
  • $\begingroup$ Post it! :-) .. $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Aug 4 '14 at 21:56

One possible solution is using Quiet:

ds[All, Quiet[#a/#b]&]

Another possible solution is using the FailureAction option:

ds[All, #a/#b, FailureAction -> None]
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  • $\begingroup$ Why CW? Seems like a good self-answer to me. shrug $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Aug 4 '14 at 21:57
  • $\begingroup$ I'll delete this if someone writes a comprehensive answer. Just collecting here what I find as I progress ... $\endgroup$ – Szabolcs Aug 4 '14 at 21:57
  • $\begingroup$ @Mr.Wizard I don't want to discourage other answers. I'm just learning to use Dataset. I didn't need to use it before. Now I have a good application. $\endgroup$ – Szabolcs Aug 4 '14 at 21:57
  • $\begingroup$ I think FailureAction is your best option here. $\endgroup$ – rcollyer Aug 5 '14 at 1:32

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