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### 17.1 Exponents and Logarithms

exp (x)

Compute `e^x` for each element of x.

To compute the matrix exponential, see Linear Algebra.

expm1 (x)

Compute `exp (x) - 1` accurately in the neighborhood of zero.

log (x)

Compute the natural logarithm, `ln (x)`, for each element of x.

To compute the matrix logarithm, see Linear Algebra.

reallog (x)

Return the real-valued natural logarithm of each element of x.

If any element results in a complex return value `reallog` aborts and issues an error.

log1p (x)

Compute `log (1 + x)` accurately in the neighborhood of zero.

log10 (x)

Compute the base-10 logarithm of each element of x.

log2 (x)
[f, e] = log2 (x)

Compute the base-2 logarithm of each element of x.

If called with two output arguments, split x into binary mantissa and exponent so that `1/2 <= abs(f) < 1` and e is an integer. If `x = 0`, `f = e = 0`.

pow2 (x)
pow2 (f, e)

With one input argument, compute 2 .^ x for each element of x.

With two input arguments, return f .* (2 .^ e).

nextpow2 (x)

Compute the exponent for the smallest power of two larger than the input.

For each element in the input array x, return the first integer n such that 2^n ≥ abs (x).

realpow (x, y)

Compute the real-valued, element-by-element power operator.

This is equivalent to `x .^ y`, except that `realpow` reports an error if any return value is complex.

sqrt (x)

Compute the square root of each element of x.

If x is negative, a complex result is returned.

To compute the matrix square root, see Linear Algebra.

realsqrt (x)

Return the real-valued square root of each element of x.

If any element results in a complex return value `realsqrt` aborts and issues an error.

cbrt (x)

Compute the real cube root of each element of x.

Unlike `x^(1/3)`, the result will be negative if x is negative.

nthroot (x, n)

Compute the real (non-complex) n-th root of x.

x must have all real entries and n must be a scalar. If n is an even integer and x has negative entries then `nthroot` aborts and issues an error.

Example:

```nthroot (-1, 3)
⇒ -1
(-1) ^ (1 / 3)
⇒ 0.50000 - 0.86603i
```