# NAG CL Interfaces17agc (airy_​ai_​real)

## 1Purpose

s17agc returns a value for the Airy function, $\mathrm{Ai}\left(x\right)$.

## 2Specification

 #include
 double s17agc (double x, NagError *fail)
The function may be called by the names: s17agc, nag_specfun_airy_ai_real or nag_airy_ai.

## 3Description

s17agc evaluates an approximation to the Airy function, $\mathrm{Ai}\left(x\right)$. It is based on a number of Chebyshev expansions:
For $x<-5$,
 $Aix=atsin⁡z-btcos⁡z-x1/4$
where $z=\frac{\pi }{4}+\frac{2}{3}\sqrt{-{x}^{3}}$, and $a\left(t\right)$ and $b\left(t\right)$ are expansions in the variable $t=-2{\left(\frac{5}{x}\right)}^{3}-1$.
For $-5\le x\le 0$,
 $Aix=ft-xgt,$
where $f$ and $g$ are expansions in $t=-2{\left(\frac{x}{5}\right)}^{3}-1\text{.}$
For $0,
 $Aix=e-3x/2yt,$
where $y$ is an expansion in $t=4x/9-1$.
For $4.5\le x<9$,
 $Aix=e-5x/2ut,$
where $u$ is an expansion in $t=4x/9-3$.
For $x\ge 9$,
 $Aix=e-zvtx1/4,$
where $z=\frac{2}{3}\sqrt{{x}^{3}}$ and $v$ is an expansion in $t=2\left(\frac{18}{z}\right)-1$.
For , the result is set directly to $\mathrm{Ai}\left(0\right)$. This both saves time and guards against underflow in intermediate calculations.
For large negative arguments, it becomes impossible to calculate the phase of the oscillatory function with any precision and so the function must fail. This occurs if $x<-{\left(\frac{3}{2\epsilon }\right)}^{2/3}$, where $\epsilon$ is the machine precision.
For large positive arguments, where $\mathrm{Ai}$ decays in an essentially exponential manner, there is a danger of underflow so the function must fail.

## 4References

NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions

## 5Arguments

1: $\mathbf{x}$double Input
On entry: the argument $x$ of the function.
2: $\mathbf{fail}$NagError * Input/Output
The NAG error argument (see Section 7 in the Introduction to the NAG Library CL Interface).

## 6Error Indicators and Warnings

NE_ALLOC_FAIL
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section 3.1.2 in the Introduction to the NAG Library CL Interface for further information.
NE_INTERNAL_ERROR
An internal error has occurred in this function. Check the function call and any array sizes. If the call is correct then please contact NAG for assistance.
See Section 7.5 in the Introduction to the NAG Library CL Interface for further information.
NE_NO_LICENCE
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 8 in the Introduction to the NAG Library CL Interface for further information.
NE_REAL_ARG_GT
On entry, ${\mathbf{x}}=〈\mathit{\text{value}}〉$.
x is too large and positive. The function returns zero.
NE_REAL_ARG_LT
On entry, ${\mathbf{x}}=〈\mathit{\text{value}}〉$.
x is too large and negative. The function returns zero.

## 7Accuracy

For negative arguments the function is oscillatory and hence absolute error is the appropriate measure. In the positive region the function is essentially exponential-like and here relative error is appropriate. The absolute error, $E$, and the relative error, $\epsilon$, are related in principle to the relative error in the argument, $\delta$, by
 $E≃ x Ai′x δ, ε≃ x Ai′x Aix δ.$
In practice, approximate equality is the best that can be expected. When $\delta$, $\epsilon$ or $E$ is of the order of the machine precision, the errors in the result will be somewhat larger.
For small $x$, errors are strongly damped by the function and hence will be bounded by the machine precision.
For moderate negative $x$, the error behaviour is oscillatory but the amplitude of the error grows like
 $amplitude Eδ ∼x5/4π.$
However, the phase error will be growing roughly like $\frac{2}{3}\sqrt{{\left|x\right|}^{3}}$ and hence all accuracy will be lost for large negative arguments due to the impossibility of calculating sin and cos to any accuracy if $\frac{2}{3}\sqrt{{\left|x\right|}^{3}}>\frac{1}{\delta }$.
For large positive arguments, the relative error amplification is considerable:
 $ε δ ∼x3.$
This means a loss of roughly two decimal places accuracy for arguments in the region of $20$. However, very large arguments are not possible due to the danger of setting underflow and so the errors are limited in practice.

## 8Parallelism and Performance

s17agc is not threaded in any implementation.

None.

## 10Example

This example reads values of the argument $x$ from a file, evaluates the function at each value of $x$ and prints the results.

### 10.1Program Text

Program Text (s17agce.c)

### 10.2Program Data

Program Data (s17agce.d)

### 10.3Program Results

Program Results (s17agce.r)