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

namespace boost{ namespace math{ template<class Real1, class Real2, class Real3>calculated-result-typechebyshev_next(Real1 const & x, Real2 const & Tn, Real3 const & Tn_1); template<class Real>calculated-result-typechebyshev_t(unsigned n, Real const & x); template<class Real, class Policy>calculated-result-typechebyshev_t(unsigned n, Real const & x, const Policy&); template<class Real>calculated-result-typechebyshev_u(unsigned n, Real const & x); template<class Real, class Policy>calculated-result-typechebyshev_u(unsigned n, Real const & x, const Policy&); template<class Real>calculated-result-typechebyshev_t_prime(unsigned n, Real const & x); template<class Real1, class Real2>calculated-result-typechebyshev_clenshaw_recurrence(const Real1* const c, size_t length, Real2 x); template<typename Real> Real chebyshev_clenshaw_recurrence(const Real* const c, size_t length, Real a, Real b, Real x); }} // namespaces

*"Real analysts cannot do without Fourier, complex analysts
cannot do without Laurent, and numerical analysts cannot do without Chebyshev"*
--Lloyd N. Trefethen

The Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind are defined by the recurrence
*T*_{n+1}(*x*) := *2xT*_{n}(*x*)
- *T*_{n-1}(*x*), *n > 0*,
where *T*_{0}(*x*) := 1 and *T*_{1}(*x*)
:= *x*. These can be calculated in Boost using the following
simple code

double x = 0.5; double T12 = boost::math::chebyshev_t(12, x);

Calculation of derivatives is also straightforward:

double T12_prime = boost::math::chebyshev_t_prime(12, x);

The complexity of evaluation of the *n*-th Chebyshev polynomial
by these functions is linear. So they are unsuitable for use in calculation
of (say) a Chebyshev series, as a sum of linear scaling functions scales
quadratically. Though there are very sophisticated algorithms for the evaluation
of Chebyshev series, a linear time algorithm is presented below:

double x = 0.5; std::vector<double> c{14.2, -13.7, 82.3, 96}; double T0 = 1; double T1 = x; double f = c[0]*T0/2; unsigned l = 1; while(l < c.size()) { f += c[l]*T1; std::swap(T0, T1); T1 = boost::math::chebyshev_next(x, T0, T1); ++l; }

This uses the `chebyshev_next`

function to evaluate each term of the Chebyshev series in constant time.
However, this naive algorithm has a catastrophic loss of precision as *x*
approaches 1. A method to mitigate this way given by Clenshaw,
and is implemented in boost as

double x = 0.5; std::vector<double> c{14.2, -13.7, 82.3, 96}; double f = chebyshev_clenshaw_recurrence(c.data(), c.size(), x);

N.B.: There is factor of *2* difference in our definition
of the first coefficient in the Chebyshev series from Clenshaw's original
work. This is because two traditions exist in notation for the Chebyshev
series expansion,

and

**boost math always uses the second convention,
with the factor of 1/2 on the first coefficient.**

Another common use case is when the polynomial must be evaluated on some
interval [*a*, *b*]. The translation
to the interval [-1, 1] causes a few accuracy problems and also gives us
some opportunities. For this case, we use Reinch's
modification to the Clenshaw recurrence, which is also discussed
here.
The usage is as follows:

double x = 9; double a = 7; double b = 12; std::vector<double> c{14.2, -13.7, 82.3, 96}; double f = chebyshev_clenshaw_recurrence(c.data(), c.size(), a, b, x);

Chebyshev polynomials of the second kind can be evaluated via `chebyshev_u`

:

double x = -0.23; double U1 = boost::math::chebyshev_u(1, x);

The evaluation of Chebyshev polynomials by a three-term recurrence is known
to be mixed
forward-backward stable for *x* ∊ [-1,
1]. However, the author does not know of a similar result for *x*
outside [-1, 1]. For this reason, evaluation of Chebyshev polynomials outside
of [-1, 1] is strongly discouraged. That said, small rounding errors in the
course of a computation will often lead to this situation, and termination
of the computation due to these small problems is very discouraging. For
this reason, `chebyshev_t`

and `chebyshev_u`

have code
paths for *x > 1* and *x < -1*
which do not use three-term recurrences. These code paths are *much
slower*, and should be avoided if at all possible.

Evaluation of a Chebyshev series is relatively simple. The real challenge
is *generation* of the Chebyshev series. For this purpose,
boost provides a *Chebyshev transform*, a projection operator
which projects a function onto a finite-dimensional span of Chebyshev polynomials.
But before we discuss the API, let's analyze why we might want to project
a function onto a span of Chebyshev polynomials.

- We want a numerically stable way to evaluate the function's derivative.
- Our function is expensive to evaluate, and we wish to find a less expensive way to estimate its value. An example are the standard library transcendental functions: These functions are guaranteed to evaluate to within 1 ulp of the exact value, but often this accuracy is not needed. A projection onto the Chebyshev polynomials with a low accuracy requirement can vastly accelerate the computation of these functions.
- We wish to numerically integrate the function.

The API is given below.

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

namespace boost{ namespace math{ template<class Real> class chebyshev_transform { public: template<class F> chebyshev_transform(const F& f, Real a, Real b, Real tol=500*std::numeric_limits<Real>::epsilon()); Real operator()(Real x) const Real integrate() const const std::vector<Real>& coefficients() const Real prime(Real x) const }; }}// end namespaces

The Chebyshev transform takes a function *f* and returns
a *near-minimax* approximation to *f*
in terms of Chebyshev polynomials. By *near-minimax*,
we mean that the resulting Chebyshev polynomial is "very close"
the polynomial *p*_{n} which minimizes the uniform norm of
*f* - *p*_{n}. The notion of "very
close" can be made rigorous; see Trefethen's "Approximation Theory
and Approximation Practice" for details.

The Chebyshev transform works by creating a vector of values by evaluating
the input function at the Chebyshev points, and then performing a discrete
cosine transform on the resulting vector. In order to do this efficiently,
we have used FFTW3. So to compile,
you must have `FFTW3`

installed,
and link with `-lfftw3`

for double precision, `-lfftw3f`

for float precision, `-lfftw3l`

for long double precision, and `-lfftw3q`

for quad (`__float128`

)
precision. After the coefficients of the Chebyshev series are known, the
routine goes back through them and filters out all the coefficients whose
absolute ratio to the largest coefficient are less than the tolerance requested
in the constructor.