bug in matlab 2010b, trig functions (cosd, sind etc.)

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results are not consistent:
ans =
0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Answers (11)

David Collins
David Collins on 20 Apr 2012
Clearing background variables seems to do the trick (R2010b. OS Win7 x64.)
>> sind(22)
ans =
>> clear all
>> sind(22)
ans =

the cyclist
the cyclist on 27 Mar 2011
That is not the result I get, but I am using 64-bit 2010b on a Mac, so maybe that explains the difference. I would contact support about this.

Jiro Doke
Jiro Doke on 27 Mar 2011
What's your OS and machine type? I'm on 32-bit 2010b on Win7, and I get the correct result (different from yours). Just to make sure, what do you get when you type
which cosd
which zeros
Do you get the correct answer when you do this?
Jiro Doke
Jiro Doke on 27 Mar 2011
I agree with the cyclist and, I suggest contacting tech support:

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Alan Jennings
Alan Jennings on 1 Apr 2011
This happens to me to. Same built in function, operating system and Java. Took me a while to figure out why my results weren't lining up; especially since it works right for some values. Amost seems like it does sind() on the first one sometimes.
Didn't see anything in bug reports, so I'll put one in... Till then, I'll just use cos(deg2rad()). Seems to work. Actually, I'll do the conversion myself, since I'm still getting screwy results, sometimes.

Alan Jennings
Alan Jennings on 2 Apr 2011
Checked it out on another Windows 7 system, identical version, operating system and Java information as above, and cosd works fine. So there must be something else than just that.

Alan Jennings
Alan Jennings on 5 Apr 2011
Just tried it on the first machine again, and works fine. Maybe some delayed windows update? No idea.

MXM on 7 Apr 2011
Exactly the same problem occurs here (intermittently).
Version (R2010b), 64-bit on windows 7.

J on 13 Mar 2012
Same annoying problem here. Stick with radians and pray it doesn't suffer a similar issue:
>> cosd(0)
ans =
>> cosd(0)
ans =
>> cosd(0)
ans =
>> ver
MATLAB Version (R2010b)
MATLAB License Number: ###### [SCd censored license]
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Version 6.1 (Build 7601: Service Pack 1)
Java VM Version: Java 1.6.0_17-b04 with Sun Microsystems Inc. Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM mixed mode

Aldin on 13 Mar 2012
The result is consistent for MATLAB 1.9. (R2009b)

Ivan on 2 Apr 2012
I have the same issue. R2010b. OS Win7 x64.

Jan on 20 Apr 2012
It would be nice to have a list of all affected functions here. The title of this thread "(cosd, sind etc.)" implies, that further functions suffer from this bug.

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