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QualityCentral 56524: tanh function from Delphi 7 till Delphi XE was buggy; XE2 fixed it

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/13

In case you maintain code in older versions of Delphi, be aware that the function tanh was broken starting in Delphi 7 and only got fixed in Delphi XE2: QualityCentral QualityCentral 56524: tanh function from Delphi 7 till Delphi XE was buggy; XE2 fixed it.

For big inputs, it would just fail, instead of returning 1.

The reason is that in the buggy versions, tanh got replaced from an old working version into a simple sinh/cosh, which mathematically is correct, but if your numeric data type has limited accuracy, you need to account for the boundaries where the result fits, but intermediates do not.

the [WayBack] Math.Tanh Function implements the hyperbolic tangent, for which you can find the definition at Hyperbolic function – Wikipedia: Definitions.

By now it is implemented for all floating point types the same way (only the parameter type changes in each implementation)

function Tanh(const X: Extended): Extended; overload;
  MaxTanhDomain = 23;
  C1of3 = 1/3;
  CBorder = 1.8145860519450699870567321328132e-5; // 2 ^(-63 / 4)
  CLn2Div2 = 0.34657359027997265470861606072909; // Ln2 / 2
  y, z: Extended;
  case TExtendedRec(X).SpecialType of
        z := X;
        if X < 0 then z := -z;
        if (z > MaxTanhDomain) then
          Result := 1.0
        else if (z < CBorder) then
          Result := z  - z * z * z * c1of3
        else if (z < CLn2Div2) then
          y := ExpMinus1(2*z);
          Result := y / (2 + y);
          y := Exp(2*z);
          Result := 1 - (2/(y + 1));
        if X < 0 then Result := -Result;
      Result := X;


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