I have by chance discovered how ESRI ArcMap displays special floating point values to the user.
- +∞ (positive infinity) is displayed as
- –∞ (negative infinity) would supposedly be displayed as
-1.#INF— I haven't verified this one.
NaN (not a number) is displayed as a right-aligned
<Null>— not to be confused with left-aligned
<Null>, which denotes NULL (missing values):
(Get unique values in the field calculator does not list NaN at all, by the way.)
But I haven't discovered how to write layer definition queries to select rows based on these special values:
ColumnName IS NULLwill only select regular NULL values, but non NaN.
ColumnName = 1.#INFis rejected as having invalid syntax.
Does anyone know how to do this?
C# ArcObjects code snippet for storing a 1.#INF value to a table field (basic concept):
As requested. Since I'm no longer at work, the following is not the real code I used and I cannot test it right now, but it should produce the effect shown in the screenshot above:
ITable table = …; int doubleFieldIndex = table.FindField(…); IRow row = table.CreateRow(); row.Value[doubleFieldIndex] = double.PositiveInfinity; row.Store();