## how to calculate modulus in matlab ?

on 15 May 2013

### James Tursa (view profile)

Hi everyone,

the question seems simple as using mod works for small numbers not for large numbers.

i want to calculate mod( (4^15)*(21^13),47) the matlab ans= 21 but the correct ans = 3 using the windows calculator. is there any way in matlab to calculate such modulus ?

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### James Tursa (view profile)

on 17 May 2013

See this newsgroup thread where Bruno Luong gives advice on how to do this calculation without using the symbolic toolbox:

### Roger Stafford (view profile)

on 15 May 2013

The number you describe is far too large for accurate numerical computation using only 'double' floating points numbers. However, the 'mod' function also works with symbolic numbers using the symbolic toolbox. You can compute with these to any accuracy you wish.

on 15 May 2013

Roger Stafford

### Roger Stafford (view profile)

on 16 May 2013

The number 21^13 as computed with 'double' is too large to be computed exactly. Its least five bits must necessarily be rounded to zeros to fit within 53 bits and consequently it gives:

` mod(21^13,47) = 2,`

whereas the true modulo 47 value is:

` mod(mod(21^7,47)*mod(21^6,47),47) = 7.`

### ahmed (view profile)

on 17 May 2013

Thanks for your help any way , but even the powermod function or any of the above functions in url links can calculate the correct answer which is 3 .

trying:

powermod( (4^15) * (21^13) , 1 , 47 ) gives 21 but the correct ans using windows calculator is 3 and it is equivelant to the answer in my cryptography study book .

Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 17 May 2013
```mod(powermod(4, 15, 47) * powermod(21, 13, 47), 47)
```

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