NAG Library Routine Document

s21bbf (ellipint_symm_1)


s21bbf returns a value of the symmetrised elliptic integral of the first kind, via the function name.


Fortran Interface
Function s21bbf ( x, y, z, ifail)
Real (Kind=nag_wp):: s21bbf
Integer, Intent (Inout):: ifail
Real (Kind=nag_wp), Intent (In):: x, y, z
C Header Interface
#include <nagmk26.h>
double  s21bbf_ (const double *x, const double *y, const double *z, Integer *ifail)


s21bbf calculates an approximation to the integral
RFx,y,z=120dt t+xt+yt+z  
where x, y, z0 and at most one is zero.
The basic algorithm, which is due to Carlson (1979) and Carlson (1988), is to reduce the arguments recursively towards their mean by the rule: (This ordering, which is possible because of the symmetry of the function, is done for technical reasons related to the avoidance of overflow and underflow.)
μn = xn+yn+zn/3 Xn = 1-xn/μn Yn = 1-yn/μn Zn = 1-zn/μn λn = xnyn+ynzn+znxn xn+1 = xn+λn/4 yn+1 = yn+λn/4 zn+1 = zn+λn/4  
εn=maxXn,Yn,Zn and the function may be approximated adequately by a fifth order power series:
RFx,y,z=1μn 1-E210+E2224-3E2E344+E314  
where E2=XnYn+YnZn+ZnXn, E3=XnYnZn.
The truncation error involved in using this approximation is bounded by εn6/41-εn and the recursive process is stopped when this truncation error is negligible compared with the machine precision.
Within the domain of definition, the function value is itself representable for all representable values of its arguments. However, for values of the arguments near the extremes the above algorithm must be modified so as to avoid causing underflows or overflows in intermediate steps. In extreme regions arguments are prescaled away from the extremes and compensating scaling of the result is done before returning to the calling program.


NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions
Carlson B C (1979) Computing elliptic integrals by duplication Numerische Mathematik 33 1–16
Carlson B C (1988) A table of elliptic integrals of the third kind Math. Comput. 51 267–280


1:     x – Real (Kind=nag_wp)Input
2:     y – Real (Kind=nag_wp)Input
3:     z – Real (Kind=nag_wp)Input
On entry: the arguments x, y and z of the function.
Constraint: x, y, z0.0 and only one of x, y and z may be zero.
4:     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:
On entry, x=value, y=value and z=value.
Constraint: x0.0 and y0.0 and z0.0.
The function is undefined.
On entry, x=value, y=value and z=value.
Constraint: at most one of x, y and z is 0.0.
The function is undefined and returns zero.
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.


In principle s21bbf 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.

Parallelism and Performance

s21bbf is not threaded in any implementation.

Further Comments

You should consult the S Chapter Introduction which shows the relationship of this function to the classical definitions of the elliptic integrals.
If two arguments are equal, the function reduces to the elementary integral RC, computed by s21baf.


This example simply generates a small set of nonextreme arguments which are used with the routine to produce the table of low accuracy results.

Program Text

Program Text (s21bbfe.f90)

Program Data


Program Results

Program Results (s21bbfe.r)