hello, dear all
i'm try to find determinant . there is error with ' pow':

sum = sum + b[0][p]*pow(-1,p)*determinant(c,m-1);
 return sum;

after run, the argument was appear as follows:
1>c:\documents and settings\user\my documents\visual studio 2008\projects\deter4\deter4\deter4.cpp(78) : error C2668: 'pow' : ambiguous call to overloaded function
1> c:\program files\microsoft visual studio 9.0\vc\include\math.h(575): could be 'long double pow(long double,int)'
1> c:\program files\microsoft visual studio 9.0\vc\include\math.h(527): or 'float pow(float,int)'
1> c:\program files\microsoft visual studio 9.0\vc\include\math.h(489): or 'double pow(double,int)'
1> while trying to match the argument list '(int, int)' .
how to correct it?

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Last Post by Nick Evan

Your first argument to pow( ) must be one of the floating point types (float, double, long double). If your code is such that you really want/need 'c' to be an integer type, then do a typecast in the function call, such as ans = pow( (double)c, m-1 ); (yes, I'm using old style typecasting for simplicity's sake!)


Never use a very expensive pow() function in this context. You want to change subexpression sign for odd p only. Make it explicitly, it's much more faster code:

temp = b[0][p]*determinant(c,m-1);
if ((p&1) != 0)
    sum -= temp;
    sum += temp;
return sum;

or, may be

temp = b[0][p]*determinant(c,m-1);
return (p$1)?sum - temp:sum+temp; // if sum is local var
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