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Mike Scott wrote:

A quick search brings up

which says

"There exist differing conventions concerning the unary operator − 
(usually read "minus"). In written or printed mathematics, the 
expression −3^2 is interpreted to mean 0 − (3^2) = −9 .... but in .... 
Microsoft Office Excel (and other spreadsheet applications) and the 
programming language bc, unary operators have a higher priority than 
binary operators"

Contrary to, eg, perl.

Ouch! Quite contrary to expectation. Here lie monsters :-)

The ODF specification explicitly says that the unary - has higher precedence than ^, which is 
compatible with Excel. So it is not a bug.
Piet van Oostrum <>
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