The function may be called by the names: c02abc or nag_zeros_poly_real_fpml.
c02abc attempts to find all the roots of the th degree real polynomial equation
The roots are located using a modified form of Laguerre's method, as implemented by Cameron (2018).
c02abc is a wrapper around the corresponding complex routine c02aac.
The relative backward error of a root approximation is given by
where is the perturbed polynomial
A root approximation is deemed to have converged if machine precision, at which point updates of that root cease. If the stopping criterion holds, then the computed root is the exact root of a polynomial whose coefficients are no more perturbed than the floating-point computation of .
The condition number of each root is also computed, as a measure of sensitivity to changes in the coefficients of the polynomial. It is given by
Root approximations can be further refined with optional 'polishing' processes. A simple polishing process is provided that carries out a single iteration of Newton's method, which proves quick yet often effective. Alternatively, a compensated polishing process from Cameron and O'Neill (2019) can be applied. This iterative method combines the implicit deflation of the modified Laguerre method, with the accuracy of evaluating polynomials and their derivatives using the compensated Horner's method from Graillat et al. (2005). Compensated polishing yields approximations with a limiting accuracy as if computed in twice the working precision.
It is recommended that you read Section 9.1 for advice on selecting an appropriate polishing process.
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Numerical computation of polynomial zeros by means of Aberth's method
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c02abc encountered overflow during at least one root approximation.
All roots are evaluated as accurately as possible, but because of the inherent nature of the problem complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed.
8Parallelism and Performance
Background information to multithreading can be found in the Multithreading documentation.
c02abc is not threaded in any implementation.
9.1Selecting a Polishing Process
The choice of polishing technique ultimately depends on two factors: how well conditioned the problem is, and a preference between run time and accuracy. For a detailed analysis of the polishing techniques, see Cameron and O'Neill (2019).
Simple polishing is effective in reducing the error in approximations of well-conditioned roots, doing so with a negligible increase in run time. Compensated polishing has comparable accuracy, but it is approximately ten times slower than when using simple polishing.
Simple polishing () is recommended for well-conditioned problems.
There is a dramatic difference in accuracy between the two polishing techniques for ill-conditioned polynomials. Unpolished approximations are inaccurate and simple polishing often proves ineffective. However, compensated polishing is able to reduce errors by several orders of magnitude.
Compensated polishing () is highly recommended for ill-conditioned problems.
9.2Scaling the Polynomial
c02abc attempts to avoid overflow conditions where possible. However, if the function fails with NE_OVERFLOW, such conditions could not be avoided for the given polynomial. Use conv to identify the roots for which overflow occurred, as other approximations may still have succeeded.
Extremely large and/or small coefficients are likely to be the cause of overflow failures. In such cases, you are recommended to scale the independent variable so that the disparity between the largest and smallest coefficient in magnitude is reduced. That is, use the function to locate the zeros of the polynomial for some suitable values of and . For example, if the original polynomial was , then choosing and , for instance, would yield the scaled polynomial , which is well-behaved relative to overflow and has zeros which are times those of .
The example program for c02abc demonstrates two problems, given in the functions ex1_basic and ex2_polishing. (Note that by default, the second example is switched off because the results may be machine dependent. Edit the program in the obvious way to switch it on.)
Example 1: Basic Problem
This example finds the roots of the polynomial
Example 2: Polishing Processes
This example finds the roots of a polynomial of the form
first proposed by Wilkinson (1959) as an example of polynomials with ill-conditioned roots, that are sensitive to small changes in the coefficients. A polishing mode is demonstrated with , and the maximum forward and relative backward errors of the approximations displayed.