The routine may be called by the names s21bcf or nagf_specfun_ellipint_symm_2.
s21bcf calculates an approximate value for the integral
where , , at most one of and is zero, and .
The basic algorithm, which is due to Carlson (1979) and Carlson (1988), is to reduce the arguments recursively towards their mean by the rule:
For sufficiently large,
and the function may be approximated adequately by a fifth order power series
where The truncation error in this expansion is bounded by and the recursive process is terminated when this quantity is negligible compared with the machine precision.
The routine may fail either because it has been called with arguments outside the domain of definition, or with arguments so extreme that there is an unavoidable danger of setting underflow or overflow.
Note: , so there exists a region of extreme arguments for which the function value is not representable.
Carlson B C (1979) Computing elliptic integrals by duplication Numerische Mathematik33 1–16
Carlson B C (1988) A table of elliptic integrals of the third kind Math. Comput.51 267–280
1: – Real (Kind=nag_wp)Input
2: – Real (Kind=nag_wp)Input
3: – Real (Kind=nag_wp)Input
On entry: the arguments , and of the function.
, , and only one of x and y may be zero.
4: – IntegerInput/Output
On entry: ifail must be set to , or to set behaviour on detection of an error; these values have no effect when no error is detected.
A value of causes the printing of an error message and program execution will be halted; otherwise program execution continues. A value of means that an error message is printed while a value of means that it is not.
If halting is not appropriate, the value or is recommended. If message printing is undesirable, then the value is recommended. Otherwise, the value is recommended. When the value or is used it is essential to test the value of ifail on exit.
On exit: unless the routine detects an error or a warning has been flagged (see Section 6).
6Error Indicators and Warnings
If on entry or , explanatory error messages are output on the current error message unit (as defined by x04aaf).
Errors or warnings detected by the routine:
On entry, and . Constraint: and . The function is undefined.
On entry, x and y are both . Constraint: at most one of x and y is . The function is undefined.
On entry, . Constraint: . The function is undefined.
On entry, , , and . Constraint: and ( or ). The function is undefined.
On entry, , , and . Constraint: and and . There is a danger of setting underflow and the function returns zero.
An unexpected error has been triggered by this routine. Please
See Section 7 in the Introduction to the NAG Library FL Interface for further information.
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 8 in the Introduction to the NAG Library FL Interface for further information.
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section 9 in the Introduction to the NAG Library FL Interface for further information.
In principle the routine is capable of producing full machine precision. However, round-off errors in internal arithmetic will result in slight loss of accuracy. This loss should never be excessive as the algorithm does not involve any significant amplification of round-off error. It is reasonable to assume that the result is accurate to within a small multiple of the machine precision.
8Parallelism and Performance
s21bcf is not threaded in any implementation.
You should consult the S Chapter Introduction which shows the relationship of this function to the classical definitions of the elliptic integrals.
This example simply generates a small set of nonextreme arguments which are used with the routine to produce the table of low accuracy results.