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Here's the Taylor series version, but it converges much less quickly and achieved less accuracy (at least for very small x):

#! perl -slw use strict; our $N //= 32; sub myExp2 { my $x = shift; my( $r, $top, $bot ) = ( 1, $x, 1 ); $r += $top / $bot, $top *= $x, $bot *= $_ for 2 .. $N; $r; } printf "%30.20g : %30.20g \n", exp( $_ ), myExp2( $_ ) #, myExp2( $_ ) + - exp( $_ ) for map log( 10**$_ ), -10 .. 10; __END__ C:\test>exp -N=227 9.9999999999999965e-011 : -9.2662709999185665e-008 1.0000000000000007e-009 : -8.6393006494132869e-009 9.999999999999982e-009 : 1.1100933780704416e-008 9.9999999999999943e-008 : 9.9888569074918635e-008 1.0000000000000004e-006 : 1.0000228347576172e-006 9.9999999999999974e-006 : 1.0000001331927489e-005 0.00010000000000000009 : 0.00010000000018884082 0.0010000000000000002 : 0.0010000000000062366 0.010000000000000005 : 0.0099999999999984095 0.10000000000000002 : 0.099999999999999867 1 : 1 10.000000000000002 : 10.000000000000004 100.00000000000004 : 100 999.99999999999977 : 999.99999999999955 10000.000000000009 : 10000.000000000007 100000.00000000001 : 100000.00000000004 999999.99999999953 : 999999.99999999977 10000000.000000006 : 10000000.000000009 100000000.00000018 : 100000000.00000022 999999999.99999928 : 999999999.99999964 10000000000.000004 : 10000000000.000002

Try going higher with the iterations and things turn to #inf.

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In reply to Re^4: [OT] Function to do x**y for |y|<1 w/o ** operator. by BrowserUk
in thread [OT] Function to do x**y for |y|<1 w/o ** operator. by swampyankee

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