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`#include <boost/math/quadrature/gauss.hpp>`

namespace boost{ namespace math{ namespace quadrature{ template <class Real, unsigned Points, class Policy = boost::math::policies::policy<> > struct gauss { static const RandomAccessContainer& abscissa(); static const RandomAccessContainer& weights(); template <class F> static value_type integrate(F f, Real* pL1 = nullptr); template <class F> static value_type integrate(F f, Real a, Real b, Real* pL1 = nullptr); }; }}} // namespaces

The `gauss`

class template performs
"one shot" non-adaptive Gauss-Legendre integration on some arbitrary
function *f* using the number of evaluation points as specified
by *Points*.

This is intentionally a very simple quadrature routine, it obtains no estimate of the error, and is not adaptive, but is very efficient in simple cases that involve integrating smooth "bell like" functions.

static const RandomAccessContainer& abscissa(); static const RandomAccessContainer& weights();

These functions provide direct access to the abscissa and weights used to perform
the quadrature: the return type depends on the *Points*
template parameter, but is always a RandomAccessContainer type. Note that only
positive (or zero) abscissa and weights are stored.

template <class F> static value_type integrate(F f, Real* pL1 = nullptr);

Integrates *f* over (-1,1), and optionally sets `*pL1`

to the
L1 norm of the returned value: if this is substantially larger than the return
value, then the sum was ill-conditioned. Note however, that no error estimate
is available.

template <class F> static value_type integrate(F f, Real a, Real b, Real* pL1 = nullptr);

Integrates *f* over (a,b), and optionally sets `*pL1`

to the
L1 norm of the returned value: if this is substantially larger than the return
value, then the sum was ill-conditioned. Note however, that no error estimate
is available. This function supports both finite and infinite *a*
and *b*, as long as ```
a
< b
```

.

Internally class `gauss`

has
pre-computed tables of abscissa and weights for 7, 15, 20, 25 and 30 points
at up to 100-decimal digit precision. That means that using for example, `gauss<double, 30>::integrate`

incurs absolutely zero set-up overhead from computing the abscissa/weight pairs.
When using multiprecision types with less than 100 digits of precision, then
there is a small initial one time cost, while the abscissa/weight pairs are
constructed from strings.

However, for types with higher precision, or numbers of points other than those given above, the abscissa/weight pairs are computed when first needed and then cached for future use, which does incur a noticeable overhead. If this is likely to be an issue, then

- Defining BOOST_MATH_GAUSS_NO_COMPUTE_ON_DEMAND will result in a compile-time error, whenever a combination of number type and number of points is used which does not have pre-computed values.
- There is a program gauss_kronrod_constants.cpp which was used to provide the pre-computed values already in gauss.hpp. The program can be trivially modified to generate code and constants for other precisions and numbers of points.

We'll begin by integrating t^{2} atan(t) over (0,1) using a 7 term Gauss-Legendre
rule, and begin by defining the function to integrate as a C++ lambda expression:

using namespace boost::math::quadrature; auto f = [](const double& t) { return t * t * std::atan(t); };

Integration is simply a matter of calling the ```
gauss<double,
7>::integrate
```

method:

double Q = gauss<double, 7>::integrate(f, 0, 1);

Which yields a value 0.2106572512 accurate to 1e-10.

For more accurate evaluations, we'll move to a multiprecision type and use a 20-point integration scheme:

using boost::multiprecision::cpp_bin_float_quad; auto f2 = [](const cpp_bin_float_quad& t) { return t * t * atan(t); }; cpp_bin_float_quad Q2 = gauss<cpp_bin_float_quad, 20>::integrate(f2, 0, 1);

Which yields 0.2106572512258069881080923020669, which is accurate to 5e-28.