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static T signaling_NaN() throw();
(until C++11)
static constexpr T signaling_NaN() noexcept;
(since C++11)

Returns the special value "signaling not-a-number", as represented by the floating-point type T. Only meaningful if std::numeric_limits<T>::has_signaling_NaN == true. In IEEE 754, the most common binary representation of floating-point numbers, any value with all bits of the exponent set and at least one bit of the fraction set represents a NaN. It is implementation-defined which values of the fraction represent quiet or signaling NaNs, and whether the sign bit is meaningful.

Return value

T std::numeric_limits<T>::signaling_NaN()
/* non-specialized */ T()
bool false
char 0
signed char 0
unsigned char 0
wchar_t 0
char8_t 0
char16_t 0
char32_t 0
short 0
unsigned short 0
int 0
unsigned int 0
long 0
unsigned long 0
long long 0
unsigned long long 0
float implementation-defined
double implementation-defined
long double implementation-defined


A NaN never compares equal to itself. Copying a NaN is not required, by IEEE-754, to preserve its bit representation (sign and payload), though most implementation do.

When a signaling NaN is used as an argument to an arithmetic expression, the appropriate floating-point exception may be raised and the NaN is "quieted", that is, the expression returns a quiet NaN.


Demonstrates the use of a signaling NaN to raise a floating-point exception

#include <iostream>
#include <limits>
#include <cfenv>
void show_fe_exceptions()
    int n = std::fetestexcept(FE_ALL_EXCEPT);
    if(n & FE_INVALID) std::cout << "FE_INVALID is raised\n";
    else if(n == 0)    std::cout << "no exceptions are raised\n";
int main()
    double snan = std::numeric_limits<double>::signaling_NaN();
    std::cout << "After sNaN was obtained ";
    double qnan = snan * 2.0;
    std::cout << "After sNaN was multiplied by 2 ";
    double qnan2 = qnan * 2.0;
    std::cout << "After the quieted NaN was multiplied by 2 ";
    std::cout << "The result is " << qnan2 << '\n';


After sNaN was obtained no exceptions are raised
After sNaN was multiplied by 2 FE_INVALID is raised
After the quieted NaN was multiplied by 2 no exceptions are raised
The result is nan

See also

identifies floating-point types that can represent the special value "signaling not-a-number" (NaN)
(public static member constant)
returns a quiet NaN value of the given floating-point type
(public static member function)
checks if the given number is NaN