I want to use `numpy.exp`

like this:

```
cc = np.array([
[0.120,0.34,-1234.1]
])
print 1/(1+np.exp(-cc))
```

But this gives me error:

```
/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/ipykernel/__main__.py:5: RuntimeWarning: overflow encountered in exp
```

I can’t understand why? How can I fix this? It seems the problem is with third number `(-1234.1)`

As fuglede says, the issue here is that np.float64 can’t handle a number as large as exp(1234.1). Try using np.float128 instead:

>>> cc = np.array([[0.120,0.34,-1234.1]], dtype=np.float128)

>>> cc

array([[ 0.12, 0.34, -1234.1]], dtype=float128)

>>> 1 / (1 + np.exp(-cc))

array([[ 0.52996405, 0.58419052, 1.0893812e-536]], dtype=float128)

Note however, that there are certain quirks with using extended precision. It may not work on Windows; you don’t actually get the full 128 bits of precision; and you might lose the precision whenever the number passes through pure python. You can read more about the details here.

For most practical purposes, you can probably approximate 1 / (1 + ) to zero. That is to say, just ignore the warning and move on. Numpy takes care of the approximation for you (when using np.float64):

>>> 1 / (1 + np.exp(-cc))

/usr/local/bin/ipython3:1: RuntimeWarning: overflow encountered in exp

#!/usr/local/bin/python3.4

array([[ 0.52996405, 0.58419052, 0. ]])

If you want to suppress the warning, you could use scipy.special.expit, as suggested by WarrenWeckesser in a comment to the question:

>>> from scipy.special import expit

>>> expit(cc)

array([[ 0.52996405, 0.58419052, 0. ]])