Gauss-Patterson Quadrature Rules

PATTERSON_RULE is a FORTRAN77 program which returns the points and weights of a 1D Gauss-Patterson quadrature rule of order 1, 3, 7, 15, 31, 63, 127, 255 or 511, based on interaction with the user.

The rule is written to three files for easy use as input to other programs.

The Gauss-Patterson quadrature is a nested family which begins with the Gauss-Legendre rules of orders 1 and 3, and then succesively inserts one new abscissa in each subinterval. Thus, after the second rule, the Gauss-Patterson rules do not have the super-high precision of the Gauss-Legendre rules. They trade this precision in exchange for the advantages of nestedness. This means that Gauss-Patterson rules are only available for orders of 1, 3, 7, 15, 31, 63, 127, 255 or 511.

The standard Gauss-Patterson quadrature rule is used as follows:

        Integral ( A <= x <= B ) f(x) dx
is to be approximated by
        Sum ( 1 <= i <= order ) w(i) * f(x(i))

The polynomial precision of a Gauss-Patterson rule can be checked numerically by the INT_EXACTNESS_LEGENDRE program. We should expect
IndexOrderFree+FixedExpected PrecisionActual Precision
011 + 02*1+0-1=11
133 + 02*3+0-1=55
274 + 32*4+3-1=1010 + 1 = 11
3158 + 72*8+7-1=2222 + 1 = 23
43116 + 152*16+15-1=4646 + 1 = 47
56332 + 312*32+31-1=9494 + 1 = 95
612764 + 632*64+63-1=190190 + 1 = 191
7255128 + 1272*128+127-1=382382 + 1 = 383
8511256 + 2552*256+255-1=766766 + 1 = 767
where the extra 1 degree of precision comes about because the rules are symmetric, and can integrate any odd monomial exactly. Thus, after the first rule, the precision is 3*2^index - 1.


patterson_rule order a b filename


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


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

Related Data and Programs:

CCN_RULE, a FORTRAN77 program which defines one of a set of nested Clenshaw Curtis quadrature rules of any order.

CLENSHAW_CURTIS_RULE, a FORTRAN77 program which defines a Clenshaw Curtis quadrature rule.

HERMITE_RULE, a FORTRAN77 program which can compute and print a Gauss-Hermite quadrature rule.

JACOBI_RULE, a FORTRAN90 program which can compute and print a Gauss-Jacobi quadrature rule.

LAGUERRE_RULE, a FORTRAN77 program which can compute and print a Gauss-Laguerre quadrature rule for estimating the integral of a function with density exp(-x) over the interval [0,+oo).

LEGENDRE_RULE, a FORTRAN77 program which can compute and print a Gauss-Legendre quadrature rule.

LEGENDRE_RULE_FAST, a FORTRAN77 program which uses a fast (order N) algorithm to compute a Gauss-Legendre quadrature rule of given order.

LINE_FELIPPA_RULE, a FORTRAN77 library which returns the points and weights of a Felippa quadrature rule over the interior of a line segment in 1D.

LINE_NCC_RULE, a FORTRAN77 library which computes a Newton Cotes Closed (NCC) quadrature rule for the line, that is, for an interval of the form [A,B], using equally spaced points which include the endpoints.

LINE_NCO_RULE, a FORTRAN77 library which computes a Newton Cotes Open (NCO) quadrature rule, using equally spaced points, over the interior of a line segment in 1D.

QUADRULE, a FORTRAN77 library which defines 1-dimensional quadrature rules.

TOMS699, a FORTRAN77 library which implements a new representation of Patterson's quadrature formula;
this is ACM TOMS algorithm 699.

TRUNCATED_NORMAL_RULE, a FORTRAN90 program which computes a quadrature rule for a normal distribution that has been truncated to [A,+oo), (-oo,B] or [A,B].


  1. Milton Abramowitz, Irene Stegun,
    Handbook of Mathematical Functions,
    National Bureau of Standards, 1964,
    ISBN: 0-486-61272-4,
    LC: QA47.A34.
  2. Philip Davis, Philip Rabinowitz,
    Methods of Numerical Integration,
    Second Edition,
    Dover, 2007,
    ISBN: 0486453391,
    LC: QA299.3.D28.
  3. Arthur Stroud, Don Secrest,
    Gaussian Quadrature Formulas,
    Prentice Hall, 1966,
    LC: QA299.4G3S7.

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Last revised on 10 April 2014