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What is asin() in R?

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The asin()also called the arc sine function function returns the inverse sine of a number. To be more specific, it returns the inverse sine of a number in radians.

Figure 1 below shows the mathematical representation of the asin() function.

Figure 1: Mathematical representation of inverse sine function

Figure 2, below, shows the visual representation of the asin() function.

Figure 2: Visual representation of inverse sine function

Methodology

To convert radians to degrees, use:


degrees = radians * ( 180.0 / pi )

Syntax


asin(num)

Parameter

This function requires a number as a parameter.

Return value

asin() returns the inverse sine of a numberradians sent as a parameter. The return value lies in the interval [-pi/2, pi/2] radians.

Code

#Positive number in radians
a <- asin(0.5);
print(paste0("asin(0.5): ", a, " radians"))

#negative number in radians
b <- asin(-0.5);
print(paste0("asin(-0.5): ", b, " radians"))

#applying asin() and then converting the result in radians to degrees
#radians = 0.5
c <- asin(0.5) * (180.0 / pi);
print(paste0("asin(0.5): ", c, " degrees"))

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