Laguerre Polynomials

LAGUERRE_POLYNOMIAL, a MATLAB library which evaluates the Laguerre polynomial, the generalized Laguerre polynomials, and the Laguerre function.

The Laguerre polynomial L(n,x) can be defined by:

        L(n,x) = exp(x)/n! * d^n/dx^n ( exp(-x) * x^n )
where n is a nonnegative integer.

The generalized Laguerre polynomial Lm(n,m,x) can be defined by:

        Lm(n,m,x) = exp(x)/(x^m*n!) * d^n/dx^n ( exp(-x) * x^(m+n) )
where n and m are nonnegative integers.

The Laguerre function can be defined by:

        Lf(n,alpha,x) = exp(x)/(x^alpha*n!) * d^n/dx^n ( exp(-x) * x^(alpha+n) )
where n is a nonnegative integer and -1.0 < alpha is a real number.


The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.


LAGUERRE_POLYNOMIAL is available in a C version and a C++ version and a FORTRAN90 version and a MATLAB version.

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BERNSTEIN_POLYNOMIAL, a MATLAB library which evaluates the Bernstein polynomials, useful for uniform approximation of functions;

CHEBYSHEV_POLYNOMIAL, a MATLAB library which considers the Chebyshev polynomials T(i,x), U(i,x), V(i,x) and W(i,x). Functions are provided to evaluate the polynomials, determine their zeros, produce their polynomial coefficients, produce related quadrature rules, project other functions onto these polynomial bases, and integrate double and triple products of the polynomials.

GEN_LAGUERRE_RULE, a MATLAB program which can compute and print a generalized Gauss-Laguerre quadrature rule.

GEGENBAUER_POLYNOMIAL, a MATLAB library which evaluates the Gegenbauer polynomial and associated functions.

HERMITE_POLYNOMIAL, a MATLAB library which evaluates the physicist's Hermite polynomial, the probabilist's Hermite polynomial, the Hermite function, and related functions.

JACOBI_POLYNOMIAL, a MATLAB library which evaluates the Jacobi polynomial and associated functions.


LAGUERRE_RULE, a MATLAB program which can compute and print a Gauss-Laguerre quadrature rule.

LEGENDRE_POLYNOMIAL, a MATLAB library which evaluates the Legendre polynomial and associated functions.

LOBATTO_POLYNOMIAL, a MATLAB library which evaluates Lobatto polynomials, similar to Legendre polynomials except that they are zero at both endpoints.

POLPAK, a MATLAB library which evaluates a variety of mathematical functions.

TEST_VALUES, a MATLAB library which supplies test values of various mathematical functions.


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    ISBN: 0677041500,
    LC: QA404.5 C44.
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    Orthogonal Polynomials: Computation and Approximation,
    Oxford, 2004,
    ISBN: 0-19-850672-4,
    LC: QA404.5 G3555.
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    NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions,
    Cambridge University Press, 2010,
    ISBN: 978-0521192255,
    LC: QA331.N57.
  4. Gabor Szego,
    Orthogonal Polynomials,
    American Mathematical Society, 1992,
    ISBN: 0821810235,
    LC: QA3.A5.v23.

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Last revised on 09 February 2019.