Series Acceleration¶
The functions described in this chapter accelerate the convergence of a series using the Levin transform. This method takes a small number of terms from the start of a series and uses a systematic approximation to compute an extrapolated value and an estimate of its error. The transform works for both convergent and divergent series, including asymptotic series.
These functions are declared in the header file gsl_sum.h
.
Acceleration functions¶
The following functions compute the full Levin transform of a series with its error estimate. The error estimate is computed by propagating rounding errors from each term through to the final extrapolation.
These functions are intended for summing analytic series where each term
is known to high accuracy, and the rounding errors are assumed to
originate from finite precision. They are taken to be relative errors of
order GSL_DBL_EPSILON
for each term.
The calculation of the error in the extrapolated value is an process, which is expensive in time and memory. A faster but less reliable method which estimates the error from the convergence of the extrapolated value is described in the next section. For the method described here a full table of intermediate values and derivatives through to must be computed and stored, but this does give a reliable error estimate.

gsl_sum_levin_u_workspace
¶ Workspace for a Leven transform.

gsl_sum_levin_u_workspace *
gsl_sum_levin_u_alloc
(size_t n)¶ This function allocates a workspace for a Levin transform of
n
terms. The size of the workspace is .

void
gsl_sum_levin_u_free
(gsl_sum_levin_u_workspace * w)¶ This function frees the memory associated with the workspace
w
.

int
gsl_sum_levin_u_accel
(const double * array, size_t array_size, gsl_sum_levin_u_workspace * w, double * sum_accel, double * abserr)¶ This function takes the terms of a series in
array
of sizearray_size
and computes the extrapolated limit of the series using a Levin transform. Additional working space must be provided inw
. The extrapolated sum is stored insum_accel
, with an estimate of the absolute error stored inabserr
. The actual termbyterm sum is returned inw>sum_plain
. The algorithm calculates the truncation error (the difference between two successive extrapolations) and roundoff error (propagated from the individual terms) to choose an optimal number of terms for the extrapolation. All the terms of the series passed in througharray
should be nonzero.
Acceleration functions without error estimation¶
The functions described in this section compute the Levin transform of series and attempt to estimate the error from the “truncation error” in the extrapolation, the difference between the final two approximations. Using this method avoids the need to compute an intermediate table of derivatives because the error is estimated from the behavior of the extrapolated value itself. Consequently this algorithm is an process and only requires terms of storage. If the series converges sufficiently fast then this procedure can be acceptable. It is appropriate to use this method when there is a need to compute many extrapolations of series with similar convergence properties at highspeed. For example, when numerically integrating a function defined by a parameterized series where the parameter varies only slightly. A reliable error estimate should be computed first using the full algorithm described above in order to verify the consistency of the results.

gsl_sum_levin_utrunc_workspace
¶ Workspace for a Levin transform without error estimation

gsl_sum_levin_utrunc_workspace *
gsl_sum_levin_utrunc_alloc
(size_t n)¶ This function allocates a workspace for a Levin transform of
n
terms, without error estimation. The size of the workspace is .

void
gsl_sum_levin_utrunc_free
(gsl_sum_levin_utrunc_workspace * w)¶ This function frees the memory associated with the workspace
w
.

int
gsl_sum_levin_utrunc_accel
(const double * array, size_t array_size, gsl_sum_levin_utrunc_workspace * w, double * sum_accel, double * abserr_trunc)¶ This function takes the terms of a series in
array
of sizearray_size
and computes the extrapolated limit of the series using a Levin transform. Additional working space must be provided inw
. The extrapolated sum is stored insum_accel
. The actual termbyterm sum is returned inw>sum_plain
. The algorithm terminates when the difference between two successive extrapolations reaches a minimum or is sufficiently small. The difference between these two values is used as estimate of the error and is stored inabserr_trunc
. To improve the reliability of the algorithm the extrapolated values are replaced by moving averages when calculating the truncation error, smoothing out any fluctuations.
Examples¶
The following code calculates an estimate of using the series,
After N
terms the error in the sum is , making direct
summation of the series converge slowly.
#include <stdio.h>
#include <gsl/gsl_math.h>
#include <gsl/gsl_sum.h>
#define N 20
int
main (void)
{
double t[N];
double sum_accel, err;
double sum = 0;
int n;
gsl_sum_levin_u_workspace * w
= gsl_sum_levin_u_alloc (N);
const double zeta_2 = M_PI * M_PI / 6.0;
/* terms for zeta(2) = \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} 1/n^2 */
for (n = 0; n < N; n++)
{
double np1 = n + 1.0;
t[n] = 1.0 / (np1 * np1);
sum += t[n];
}
gsl_sum_levin_u_accel (t, N, w, &sum_accel, &err);
printf ("termbyterm sum = % .16f using %d terms\n",
sum, N);
printf ("termbyterm sum = % .16f using %zu terms\n",
w>sum_plain, w>terms_used);
printf ("exact value = % .16f\n", zeta_2);
printf ("accelerated sum = % .16f using %zu terms\n",
sum_accel, w>terms_used);
printf ("estimated error = % .16f\n", err);
printf ("actual error = % .16f\n",
sum_accel  zeta_2);
gsl_sum_levin_u_free (w);
return 0;
}
The output below shows that the Levin transform is able to obtain an estimate of the sum to 1 part in using the first eleven terms of the series. The error estimate returned by the function is also accurate, giving the correct number of significant digits.
termbyterm sum = 1.5961632439130233 using 20 terms
termbyterm sum = 1.5759958390005426 using 13 terms
exact value = 1.6449340668482264
accelerated sum = 1.6449340669228176 using 13 terms
estimated error = 0.0000000000888360
actual error = 0.0000000000745912
Note that a direct summation of this series would require terms to achieve the same precision as the accelerated sum does in 13 terms.
References and Further Reading¶
The algorithms used by these functions are described in the following papers,
 T. Fessler, W.F. Ford, D.A. Smith, HURRY: An acceleration algorithm for scalar sequences and series ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software, 9(3):346–354, 1983. and Algorithm 602 9(3):355–357, 1983.
The theory of the transform was presented by Levin,
 D. Levin, Development of NonLinear Transformations for Improving Convergence of Sequences, Intern.: J.: Computer Math. B3:371–388, 1973.
A review paper on the Levin Transform is available online,
 Herbert H. H. Homeier, Scalar LevinType Sequence Transformations, http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0005209