Caché SQL Reference
LOG


A scalar numeric function that returns the natural logarithm of a given numeric expression.
Synopsis
{fn LOG(floatexpression)}
Arguments
Description
LOG returns the natural logarithm (base e) of
floatexpression.
LOG returns a value of data type FLOAT with a precision of 21 and a scale of 18.
LOG can only be used as an ODBC scalar function (with the curly brace syntax).
Examples
The following example returns the natural logarithm of an integer:
SELECT {fn LOG(5)} AS Logarithm
returns 1.60943791...
The following Embedded SQL example shows the relationship between the
LOG and
EXP functions for the integers 1 through 10:
SET a=1
WHILE a<11 {
&sql(SELECT {fn LOG(:a)} INTO :b)
IF SQLCODE'=0 {
WRITE !,"Error code ",SQLCODE
QUIT }
ELSE {
WRITE !,"Logarithm of ",a," = ",b }
&sql(SELECT ROUND({fn EXP(:b)},12) INTO :c)
IF SQLCODE'=0 {
WRITE !,"Error code ",SQLCODE
QUIT }
ELSE {
WRITE !,"Exponential of log ",b," = ",c
SET a=a+1 }
}
Note that the
ROUND function is needed here to correct for very small discrepancies caused by system calculation limitations. In the above example,
ROUND is set arbitrarily to 12 decimal digits for this purpose.
See Also


ObjectScript function:
$ZLN