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Asked by Ignas on 11 Dec 2012

Hello, I am fairly new in using Matlab and was wondering if a nested numerical integral was possible. I have seen a number of other questions here where the outer variable of integration appears in the limits of the inner integral but the function being integrated over just depends on one variable. So I was wondering how or if it's possible to do, say:

z = integral( e^(-integral(f(x,y),x,0,1)),y,0,1)

*No products are associated with this question.*

Answer by Teja Muppirala on 12 Dec 2012

Accepted answer

Rather than trying to do it all in one expression, it's much simpler if you break it up into two parts.

Step 1. Make the inner part a separate function and save it to a file.

function F = innerF(y)

F11 = integral(@(x) exp(x+y) ,0,1); F21 = integral(@(x) exp(x-y) ,0,1); F12 = integral(@(x) sin(x+y) ,0,1); F22 = integral(@(x) cos(x-y) ,0,1);

F = det([F11 F12; F21 F22]);

Step 2. From the command line, call INTEGRAL to do the outer integral

integral(@innerF, 0, 1, 'ArrayValued', true)

Answer by Roger Stafford on 12 Dec 2012

The functions 'dbsquad' and 'quad2d' are designed to numerically solve just your kind of problem. The former uses the the kind of fixed integration limits that you have described and the latter allows variable limits. Be sure to read their descriptions carefully so you can define the integrand function properly.

Roger Stafford

## 3 Comments

Direct link to this comment:http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/56324#comment_116637

Do you want to solve this for any general function f(x,y)?

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If not, what is your f(x,y) function? Can you find g(.),h(.) such that f(x,y)=g(x)*h(y)?

Direct link to this comment:http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/56324#comment_116645

This is just an example of what I want to do, which is to take the integral of an integral of a function of two variables with a non-linear operation between them. Ultimately what I want to do is solve:

integral( det([f11 f12; f21 f22]) ,y,ymin,ymax)

where f11 = integral( a(x,y),x,xmin,xmax ) f12 = integral( b(x,y),x,xmin,xmax ) ... But functionally the example with the exponential is the same. And to answer your question, I generally won't be able to split f(x,y) into two products like that.