# Why does numpy.power return 0 for small exponents while math.pow returns the correct answer?

```
In [25]: np.power(10,-100)
Out[25]: 0
In [26]: math.pow(10,-100)
Out[26]: 1e-100
```

I would expect both the commands to return 1e-100. This is not a precision issue either, since the issue persists even after increasing precision to 500. Is there some setting which I can change to get the correct answer?

Oh, it's much "worse" than that:

```
In [2]: numpy.power(10,-1)
Out[2]: 0
```

But this is a hint to what's going on: `10`

is an integer, and `numpy.power`

doesn't coerce the numbers to floats. But this works:

```
In [3]: numpy.power(10.,-1)
Out[3]: 0.10000000000000001
In [4]: numpy.power(10.,-100)
Out[4]: 1e-100
```

Note, however, that the power operator, `**`

, *does* convert to float:

```
In [5]: 10**-1
Out[5]: 0.1
```

From: stackoverflow.com/q/22956139

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