Logarithm of Gamma Function

ASA245 is a FORTRAN77 library which evaluates the logarithm of the gamma function, by Allan Mcleod;

ASA245 is Applied Statistics Algorithm 245. Source code for many Applied Statistics Algorithms is available through STATLIB.


ASA245 is available in a C version and a C++ version and a FORTRAN77 version and a FORTRAN90 version and a MATLAB version.

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Original FORTRAN77 version by Allan Mcleod; This FORTRAN77 version by John Burkardt.


  1. Cornelius Lanczos,
    A precision approximation of the gamma function,
    SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, B,
    Volume 1, 1964, pages 86-96.
  2. Allan Mcleod,
    Algorithm AS 245: A Robust and Reliable Algorithm for the Logarithm of the Gamma Function,
    Applied Statistics,
    Volume 38, Number 2, 1989, pages 397-402.

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Last revised on 06 January 2008.