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bug #48316: besselj gives NaN for moderately large inputs (1e10)

Submitter:  Colin Macdonald <cbm>
Submitted:  Sun 26 Jun 2016 05:55:18 AM UTC
Category:  Octave Function Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Incorrect Result
Status:  Fixed Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  * Closed
Release:  * dev Operating System:  * Any
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Tue 27 Mar 2018 12:18:55 AM UTC, comment #3: 

Fixes from GSOC2018 special function project were incorporated during OctConf 2018.  Closing report.

Rik <rik5>
Project Administrator
Thu 30 Jun 2016 07:44:31 PM UTC, comment #2: 

Scipy appears to use a combination of the amos library and the cephes bessel functions (http://www.netlib.org/cephes/).

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
Project Administrator
Thu 30 Jun 2016 07:35:48 PM UTC, comment #1: 

Changing status to confirmed, and adding some details from the mailing list (http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.gnu.octave.maintainers/46617).

The bessel functions come from the amos library (http://netlib.org/amos/) which is embedded in liboctave, so any numerical problems are inherited from that implementation.

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
Project Administrator
Sun 26 Jun 2016 05:55:18 AM UTC, original submission:  

Octave gives "besselj(1, 1e10)" as "NaN + NaNI".


>> O = besselj(1, 10.^[5:12]')
O =
   0.00184675756288257 +                    0i
  -0.000725968356813763 +                    0i
  0.000236899240312058 +                    0i
  7.30639118155185e-05 +                    0i
  -5.21042264155388e-06 +                    0i
                 NaN +               NaNi
                 NaN +               NaNi
                 NaN +               NaNi

Symbolic pkg, converted to double:

>> S = double(besselj(1, sym(10).^[5:12]'))
S =

The relative accuracy is fine before blow-up:

>> abs(O-S)./abs(S)
ans =

(Ironically, I found this when I went looking for a function with good relative error behaviour even though it decays to zero!  viz., #48307)

Colin Macdonald <cbm>


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    2018-03-27 rik5 StatusConfirmed Fixed
        Open/ClosedOpen Closed
    2016-11-16 mtmiller Operating SystemOther Any
    2016-06-30 mtmiller StatusNone Confirmed
    2016-06-26 cbm Carbon-Copy- Added sebald

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