Reference to the log() function

Summary

log(<expression>)

Returns the natural logarithm of each data value described by the expression.

Parameters

ParameterDescription
expression Expression specifying the values to take the natural logarithm of.

Description

The log() function produces a time series in which each data value is equal to the natural logarithm (log base e) of the value or values specified by the expression. The natural logarithm is the power to which you need to raise e to obtain the specified value. In mathematics loge can be written ln.

  • If the expression describes a constant value N, then log() returns a continuous series where every data value is loge N.
  • If the expression describes one or more time series, then log() returns a new time series for each input time series. Each value in a new time series is calculated as loge V, where V is the value of the corresponding point in the input time series.

The inverse of this function is exp().

By default, the chart legend displays a rounded version of the result. You can cause the legend to display the result with more precision by holding down the shift key when you hover over the time series.

Examples

In this example, we see the result (in red) of using log(4) to find the power of e that equals 4. We also see the result (in blue) of obtaining the inverse by applying the exp() function to the result of log(4).

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Here we see the result (in orange) of using log() to take the natural log of a time series (in blue).

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See also

log10()