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expm1

#include <boost/math/special_functions/expm1.hpp>

namespace boost{ namespace math{

template <class T>
calculated-result-type expm1(T x);

template <class T, class Policy>
calculated-result-type expm1(T x, const Policy&);

}} // namespaces

Returns ex - 1.

The return type of this function is computed using the result type calculation rules: the return is double when x is an integer type and T otherwise.

The final Policy argument is optional and can be used to control the behaviour of the function: how it handles errors, what level of precision to use etc. Refer to the policy documentation for more details.

For small x, then ex is very close to 1, as a result calculating ex - 1 results in catastrophic cancellation errors when x is small. expm1 calculates ex - 1 using rational approximations (for up to 128-bit long doubles), otherwise via a series expansion when x is small (giving an accuracy of less than 2ɛ).

Finally when BOOST_HAS_EXPM1 is defined then the float/double/long double specializations of this template simply forward to the platform's native (POSIX) implementation of this function.

Accuracy

For built in floating point types expm1 should have approximately 1 epsilon accuracy.

Testing

A mixture of spot test sanity checks, and random high precision test values calculated using NTL::RR at 1000-bit precision.


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