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Need help in using power function in Bash


I would like to use a power function in Bash in an awk '{ } .
e.g pow(2,3)=8

Any suggestion? I try to find online resources but most of them stated by using BC.

Please advise. Thanks.
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> awk 'BEGIN{print 2^3}' 

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Can i use
return 24^a01 +24^a10 +8^a01 +8^a11;


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It seems not working if i used them in associative array.

  if(test !=0)
    count[$1]=24^(g-$2) +24^$2 +8^(h-$3) +8^$3;

where g and h are declared as variables (awk -v g="$g" -v h="$h" )

Please advise.Thanks.

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