, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 1-16

Computing elliptic integrals by duplication

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Summary

Logarithms, arctangents, and elliptic integrals of all three kinds (including complete integrals) are evaluated numerically by successive applications of the duplication theorem. When the convergence is improved by including a fixed number of terms of Taylor's series, the error ultimately decreases by a factor of 4096 in each cycle of iteration. Except for Cauchy principal values there is no separation of cases according to the values of the variables, and no serious cancellations occur if the variables are real and nonnegative. Only rational operations and square roots are required. An appendix contains a recurrence relation and two new representations (in terms of elementary symmetric functions and power sums) forR-polynomials, as well as an upper bound for the error made in truncating the Taylor series of anR-function.