NAG Library Routine Document

c05qbf (sys_func_easy)


c05qbf is an easy-to-use routine that finds a solution of a system of nonlinear equations by a modification of the Powell hybrid method.


Fortran Interface
Subroutine c05qbf ( fcn, n, x, fvec, xtol, iuser, ruser, ifail)
Integer, Intent (In):: n
Integer, Intent (Inout):: iuser(*), ifail
Real (Kind=nag_wp), Intent (In):: xtol
Real (Kind=nag_wp), Intent (Inout):: x(n), ruser(*)
Real (Kind=nag_wp), Intent (Out):: fvec(n)
External:: fcn
C Header Interface
#include <nagmk26.h>
void  c05qbf_ (
void (NAG_CALL *fcn)(const Integer *n, const double x[], double fvec[], Integer iuser[], double ruser[], Integer *iflag),
const Integer *n, double x[], double fvec[], const double *xtol, Integer iuser[], double ruser[], Integer *ifail)


The system of equations is defined as:
fi x1,x2,,xn = 0 ,   ​ i= 1, 2, , n .  
c05qbf is based on the MINPACK routine HYBRD1 (see Moré et al. (1980)). It chooses the correction at each step as a convex combination of the Newton and scaled gradient directions. The Jacobian is updated by the rank-1 method of Broyden. At the starting point, the Jacobian is approximated by forward differences, but these are not used again until the rank-1 method fails to produce satisfactory progress. For more details see Powell (1970).


Moré J J, Garbow B S and Hillstrom K E (1980) User guide for MINPACK-1 Technical Report ANL-80-74 Argonne National Laboratory
Powell M J D (1970) A hybrid method for nonlinear algebraic equations Numerical Methods for Nonlinear Algebraic Equations (ed P Rabinowitz) Gordon and Breach


1:     fcn – Subroutine, supplied by the user.External Procedure
fcn must return the values of the functions fi at a point x.
The specification of fcn is:
Fortran Interface
Subroutine fcn ( n, x, fvec, iuser, ruser, iflag)
Integer, Intent (In):: n
Integer, Intent (Inout):: iuser(*), iflag
Real (Kind=nag_wp), Intent (In):: x(n)
Real (Kind=nag_wp), Intent (Inout):: ruser(*)
Real (Kind=nag_wp), Intent (Out):: fvec(n)
C Header Interface
#include <nagmk26.h>
void  fcn (const Integer *n, const double x[], double fvec[], Integer iuser[], double ruser[], Integer *iflag)
1:     n – IntegerInput
On entry: n, the number of equations.
2:     xn – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayInput
On entry: the components of the point x at which the functions must be evaluated.
3:     fvecn – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayOutput
On exit: the function values fix  (unless iflag is set to a negative value by fcn).
4:     iuser* – Integer arrayUser Workspace
5:     ruser* – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayUser Workspace
fcn is called with the arguments iuser and ruser as supplied to c05qbf. You should use the arrays iuser and ruser to supply information to fcn.
6:     iflag – IntegerInput/Output
On entry: iflag>0 .
On exit: in general, iflag should not be reset by fcn. If, however, you wish to terminate execution (perhaps because some illegal point x has been reached), iflag should be set to a negative integer.
fcn must either be a module subprogram USEd by, or declared as EXTERNAL in, the (sub)program from which c05qbf is called. Arguments denoted as Input must not be changed by this procedure.
Note: fcn should not return floating-point NaN (Not a Number) or infinity values, since these are not handled by c05qbf. If your code inadvertently does return any NaNs or infinities, c05qbf is likely to produce unexpected results.
2:     n – IntegerInput
On entry: n, the number of equations.
Constraint: n>0 .
3:     xn – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayInput/Output
On entry: an initial guess at the solution vector.
On exit: the final estimate of the solution vector.
4:     fvecn – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayOutput
On exit: the function values at the final point returned in x.
5:     xtol – Real (Kind=nag_wp)Input
On entry: the accuracy in x to which the solution is required.
Suggested value: ε, where ε is the machine precision returned by x02ajf.
Constraint: xtol0.0 .
6:     iuser* – Integer arrayUser Workspace
7:     ruser* – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayUser Workspace
iuser and ruser are not used by c05qbf, but are passed directly to fcn and may be used to pass information to this routine.
8:     ifail – IntegerInput/Output
On entry: ifail must be set to 0, -1 or 1. If you are unfamiliar with this argument you should refer to Section 3.4 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for details.
For environments where it might be inappropriate to halt program execution when an error is detected, the value -1 or 1 is recommended. If the output of error messages is undesirable, then the value 1 is recommended. Otherwise, if you are not familiar with this argument, the recommended value is 0. When the value -1 or 1 is used it is essential to test the value of ifail on exit.
On exit: ifail=0 unless the routine detects an error or a warning has been flagged (see Section 6).

Error Indicators and Warnings

If on entry ifail=0 or -1, explanatory error messages are output on the current error message unit (as defined by x04aaf).
Errors or warnings detected by the routine:
There have been at least 200×n+1 calls to fcn. Consider restarting the calculation from the point held in x.
No further improvement in the solution is possible. xtol is too small: xtol=value.
The iteration is not making good progress. This failure exit may indicate that the system does not have a zero, or that the solution is very close to the origin (see Section 7). Otherwise, rerunning c05qbf from a different starting point may avoid the region of difficulty.
iflag was set negative in fcn. iflag=value.
On entry, n=value.
Constraint: n>0.
On entry, xtol=value.
Constraint: xtol0.0.
An unexpected error has been triggered by this routine. Please contact NAG.
See Section 3.9 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 3.8 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section 3.7 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.


If x^  is the true solution, c05qbf tries to ensure that
x-x^ 2 xtol × x^ 2 .  
If this condition is satisfied with xtol = 10-k , then the larger components of x have k significant decimal digits. There is a danger that the smaller components of x may have large relative errors, but the fast rate of convergence of c05qbf usually obviates this possibility.
If xtol is less than machine precision and the above test is satisfied with the machine precision in place of xtol, then the routine exits with ifail=3.
Note:  this convergence test is based purely on relative error, and may not indicate convergence if the solution is very close to the origin.
The convergence test assumes that the functions are reasonably well behaved. If this condition is not satisfied, then c05qbf may incorrectly indicate convergence. The validity of the answer can be checked, for example, by rerunning c05qbf with a lower value for xtol.

Parallelism and Performance

c05qbf is threaded by NAG for parallel execution in multithreaded implementations of the NAG Library.
c05qbf makes calls to BLAS and/or LAPACK routines, which may be threaded within the vendor library used by this implementation. Consult the documentation for the vendor library for further information.
Please consult the X06 Chapter Introduction for information on how to control and interrogate the OpenMP environment used within this routine. Please also consult the Users' Note for your implementation for any additional implementation-specific information.

Further Comments

Local workspace arrays of fixed lengths are allocated internally by c05qbf. The total size of these arrays amounts to n×3×n+13/2 real elements.
The time required by c05qbf to solve a given problem depends on n, the behaviour of the functions, the accuracy requested and the starting point. The number of arithmetic operations executed by c05qbf to process each evaluation of the functions is approximately 11.5×n2. The timing of c05qbf is strongly influenced by the time spent evaluating the functions.
Ideally the problem should be scaled so that, at the solution, the function values are of comparable magnitude.


This example determines the values x1 , , x9  which satisfy the tridiagonal equations:
3-2x1x1-2x2 = -1, -xi-1+3-2xixi-2xi+1 = -1,  i=2,3,,8 -x8+3-2x9x9 = -1.  

Program Text

Program Text (c05qbfe.f90)

Program Data


Program Results

Program Results (c05qbfe.r)