If I have the path:
that is the same as
The parens don't change the precedence of anything because the operators are left outside of them. However, with the former, I get:
While the latter produces (what I think is the correct algebra in either case)
The inverse path is messaged up in the former case, though, even if the latter is the wrong interpretation, afaik, they should be the same algebra.
Java 1.6.0_37, OSX 10.8.2