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Special Functions math library

  • bern(n)Bern Bernoulli number
  • betad(z)BETAD Dirichlet Beta function
  • binomial(n,d)BINOMIAL calculate the binomial coefficient
  • deta(z,k)DETA Calculates Dirichlet functions of the form
  • erfz(zz)ERFZ Error function for complex inputs
  • eta(z)ETA Dirichlet Eta function
  • euler(n)Euler Euler number
  • eulergammaEuler-Mascheroni constant = -Psi(1) = 0.5772156649015328606...
  • fact(n)FACT Vectorized Factorial function
  • factd(n)FACTD Double Factorial function = n!!
  • gamma(z)GAMMA Gamma function valid in the entire complex plane.
  • gammaln(z)GAMMALOG Natural Log of the Gamma function valid in the entire complex plane.
  • genocchi(z)Genocchi number
  • harm(z)Harm Harmonic sum function valid in the entire (complex) plane.
  • lambda(z)LAMBDA Dirichlet Lambda function
  • poch(z,n)
  • psi(z)Psi Psi (or Digamma) function valid in the entire complex plane.
  • psin(n,z)Psin Arbitrary order Polygamma function valid in the entire complex plane.
  • totient(n)TOTIENT calculates the totient function (also
  • zeta(z)ZETA Riemann Zeta function
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Special Functions math library


Paul Godfrey (view profile)


23 Oct 2001 (Updated )

Collection of Special Functions programs.

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A collection of special function programs valid in the entire complex plane. Includes Gamma, loggamma, psi, polygamma, error, zeta, and others.

Editor's Note: Please note that these files have the same names as files already included with MATLAB. Being aware of where they are on your path will help you determine when you're using these files and not the MathWorks versions.

Programs to calculate the complex Gamma, complex LogGamma, complex error, complex psi, complex Riemann zeta, vectorized factorial, vectorized double factorial functions as well as Bernoulli, Euler, Genocchi, and totient numbers.


This file inspired Generation Of Random Variates.

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Comments and Ratings (24)
14 Nov 2016 xj w

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14 Jun 2015 Robert Gragg

Excellent tools.
MATLAB should have this complex-plane functionality for its built-in erf, gamma, gammaln, and psi.

24 Jul 2012 Martin

Martin (view profile)

I mean Paul, sorry.

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24 Jul 2012 Martin

Martin (view profile)

Hey Peter. Does your erfz function still work in version which i currently have?

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28 Jun 2012 Aurelien Queffurust

The totient function to compute euler phi could be written in one line:
phi = arrayfun(@(x) fix(max(1,x*prod(1 - 1./unique(factor(x))))),n)

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10 Jan 2012 Scott

Scott (view profile)

The package is generally excellent.
My only complaint is that the accuracy of the zeta function deterioriates rapidly for |z|>80.
For example, the script returns
0.541674252238781 - 0.348243845696725i
for the 29-th non-trivial zero, which is approximately 0.5+98.8311i.

If you ever have time for an upgrade it would be much appreciated!

04 Jan 2012 Bien

Bien (view profile)

Thanks! Needed a erfz function and this works well for me. This should be in the standard MATLAB function.

18 Sep 2011 David Young

David Young (view profile)

Very helpful and useful (rating and comments based only on gamma and gammaln functions). Suggestions:

1. The code to allocate storage:

f = 0.*z; % reserve space in advance

is not needed (indeed is wasteful), as preallocation is only useful ahead of a loop or to set up an array of a specific shape.

2. It might be worth switching to logical indexing rather than linear indexing - this would avoid the use of find() and the reshape at the end.

3. gammaln(z) returns infinities for abs(imag(z)) greater than about 226 and real(z) < 0. This is due to overflow of sin() in the reflection formula, but it is an unnecessary restriction as log(sin(z)) can be computed without overflow over a larger set of values than can sin(z). For example, we can use log(sin(x + iy)) (x and y real) is approximately equal to y + log(0.5i * exp(-1i * x)) for large positive y, and the approximation is good to machine accuracy if y > 18 or thereabouts. (For negative y the approximation is -y + log(-0.5i * exp(1i * x)).) Replacing log(sin()) by a call to a logsin() function that uses these approximations greatly extends the set of valid arguments.

14 Aug 2011 Ben Petschel

Nice work, these should be included in the core MATLAB.

Since erf rapidly goes to infinity along the i axis (e.g. erfz(1i*30) = 1i*Inf in floating point), it would be useful to have a function that calculates exp(z^2)*erf(z) or z*exp(z^2)*erfc(z).

24 Jan 2006 andrzej

19 Oct 2005 Bart Selins

This is exactly wat I needed, works perfect

18 May 2005 Jaime Ramirez

Really useful, includes functions that are not easy to find somewhere else

13 Jan 2005 Amine Abdallah

06 Sep 2004 Marinos Vouvakis

07 Aug 2004 Joerg Enderlein

Very useful!

07 Jun 2004 David Terr

Looks great! I haven't even tried most of these yet, but I can tell it's a very useful package.

14 Mar 2004 ETOR AMAFU

i like your notes

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02 Dec 2003 kadir tas

08 Sep 2003 Peter Theodossiou

Very Useful.
Needs a similar routine for

15 Aug 2003 Laurie Mailhe

Thanks, I found it very useful!

08 Jul 2003 teresa pulido

very helpful. thanks! =)

11 Jun 2003 Nikolai Tolich

very useful

05 Jan 2003 asmail KAHDER

very good

05 Jan 2003 asmail KAHDER

very good

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