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[SOLVED] Awk one line to sum up a function

I need help with debugging an error in my awk script.

I have a shell script with variable named U_new_i and want to pass it to awk for use in a summation. The original file have the following content.

cat test.txt

U_new_i = -2443.1814000000 which is the 4th record in test.txt
So I obtained
U_new_i=`head -4 test.txt | tail -1 | awk '{print $1}'`

I now want to sum up a function using U_new_i as a reference point as follow


W_new=`tail -8 test.txt | awk -v U_new_i="$U_new_i" '{ W_new += exp(-$beta*(U_new_i - $1))} END { print  W_new }'`

echo W_new = $W_new

I keep getting an error shown below, which is an indication of awk having problem with passing U-new_i correctly. Any help would be appreciated.

awk: (FILENAME=- FNR=5) warning: exp: argument -3882.6 is out of range
awk: (FILENAME=- FNR=6) warning: exp: argument -1358.53 is out of range
awk: (FILENAME=- FNR=8) warning: exp: argument 2321.12 is out of range
W_new = inf

---------- Post updated at 11:53 AM ---------- Previous update was at 09:45 AM ----------

I found the bug; beta="$beta" needed to be pass to awk as well. Just a total neglect on my part.


---------- Post updated at 11:55 AM ---------- Previous update was at 11:53 AM ----------

I found the bug, beta also needed to be pass as a variable to awk. Just a total negligence on my part.

Last edited by radoulov; 08-02-2011 at 04:01 PM.. Reason: Code tags.
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