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33.3 Initializing the Solver

Function: gsl_root_fsolver * gsl_root_fsolver_alloc (const gsl_root_fsolver_type * T)

This function returns a pointer to a newly allocated instance of a solver of type T. For example, the following code creates an instance of a bisection solver,

const gsl_root_fsolver_type * T 
  = gsl_root_fsolver_bisection;
gsl_root_fsolver * s 
  = gsl_root_fsolver_alloc (T);

If there is insufficient memory to create the solver then the function returns a null pointer and the error handler is invoked with an error code of GSL_ENOMEM.

Function: gsl_root_fdfsolver * gsl_root_fdfsolver_alloc (const gsl_root_fdfsolver_type * T)

This function returns a pointer to a newly allocated instance of a derivative-based solver of type T. For example, the following code creates an instance of a Newton-Raphson solver,

const gsl_root_fdfsolver_type * T 
  = gsl_root_fdfsolver_newton;
gsl_root_fdfsolver * s 
  = gsl_root_fdfsolver_alloc (T);

If there is insufficient memory to create the solver then the function returns a null pointer and the error handler is invoked with an error code of GSL_ENOMEM.

Function: int gsl_root_fsolver_set (gsl_root_fsolver * s, gsl_function * f, double x_lower, double x_upper)

This function initializes, or reinitializes, an existing solver s to use the function f and the initial search interval [x_lower, x_upper].

Function: int gsl_root_fdfsolver_set (gsl_root_fdfsolver * s, gsl_function_fdf * fdf, double root)

This function initializes, or reinitializes, an existing solver s to use the function and derivative fdf and the initial guess root.

Function: void gsl_root_fsolver_free (gsl_root_fsolver * s)
Function: void gsl_root_fdfsolver_free (gsl_root_fdfsolver * s)

These functions free all the memory associated with the solver s.

Function: const char * gsl_root_fsolver_name (const gsl_root_fsolver * s)
Function: const char * gsl_root_fdfsolver_name (const gsl_root_fdfsolver * s)

These functions return a pointer to the name of the solver. For example,

printf ("s is a '%s' solver\n",
        gsl_root_fsolver_name (s));

would print something like s is a 'bisection' solver.


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