NAG Library Routine Document
C05AJF attempts to locate a zero of a continuous function using a continuation method based on a secant iteration.
||X, EPS, ETA, F
C05AJF attempts to obtain an approximation to a simple zero
of the function
given an initial approximation
. The zero is found by a call to C05AXF
whose specification should be consulted for details of the method used.
to the zero
is determined so that at least one of the following criteria is satisfied:
- 1: X – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Input/Output
On entry: an initial approximation to the zero.
On exit: the final approximation to the zero, unless , or , in which case it contains no useful information.
- 2: EPS – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Input
: an absolute tolerance to control the accuracy to which the zero is determined. In general, the smaller the value of EPS
the more accurate X
will be as an approximation to
. Indeed, for very small positive values of EPS
, it is likely that the final approximation will satisfy
. You are advised to call the routine with more than one value for EPS
to check the accuracy obtained.
- 3: ETA – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Input
: a value such that if
is accepted as the zero. ETA
may be specified as
(see Section 7
- 4: F – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) FUNCTION, supplied by the user.External Procedure
must evaluate the function
whose zero is to be determined.
The specification of F
- 1: XX – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Input
On entry: the point at which the function must be evaluated.
must either be a module subprogram USEd by, or declared as EXTERNAL in, the (sub)program from which C05AJF is called. Parameters denoted as Input
be changed by this procedure.
- 5: NFMAX – INTEGERInput
: the maximum permitted number of calls to F
from C05AJF. If F
is inexpensive to evaluate, NFMAX
should be given a large value (say
- 6: IFAIL – INTEGERInput/Output
must be set to
. If you are unfamiliar with this parameter you should refer to Section 3.3
in the Essential Introduction for details.
For environments where it might be inappropriate to halt program execution when an error is detected, the value
is recommended. If the output of error messages is undesirable, then the value
is recommended. Otherwise, if you are not familiar with this parameter, the recommended value is
. When the value is used it is essential to test the value of IFAIL on exit.
unless the routine detects an error or a warning has been flagged (see Section 6
6 Error Indicators and Warnings
If on entry
, explanatory error messages are output on the current error message unit (as defined by X04AAF
Errors or warnings detected by the routine:
An internally calculated scale factor has the wrong order of magnitude for the problem. If this error exit occurs, you are advised to call C05AXF
instead where different scale values can be tried.
Either the function
given by F
has no zero near X
or too much accuracy has been requested in calculating the zero. The first is a more likely cause of this error exit and you should check the coding of F
and make an independent investigation of its behaviour near X
. The second can be alleviated by increasing EPS
More than NFMAX
calls have been made to F
. This error exit can occur because NFMAX
is too small for the problem (essentially because X
is too far away from the zero) or for either of the reasons given under
above. If NFMAX
is increased considerably and this error exit occurs again at approximately the same final value of X
, then it is likely that one of the reasons given under
is the cause.
A serious error has occurred in the specified routine. Check all subroutine calls. Seek expert help.
The levels of accuracy depend on the values of EPS
. If full machine accuracy is required, they may be set very small, resulting in an exit with
, although this may involve many more iterations than a lesser accuracy. You are recommended to set
and to use EPS
to control the accuracy, unless you have considerable knowledge of the size of
for values of
near the zero.
The time taken by C05AJF depends primarily on the time spent evaluating the function
(see Section 5
) and on how close the initial value of X
is to the zero.
If a more flexible way of specifying the function
is required or if you wish to have closer control of the calculation, then the reverse communication routine C05AXF
is recommended instead of C05AJF.
This example calculates the zero of from a starting value . Two calculations are made with and for comparison purposes, with in both cases.
9.1 Program Text
Program Text (c05ajfe.f90)
9.2 Program Data
9.3 Program Results
Program Results (c05ajfe.r)