HERMITE_POLYNOMIAL
Hermite Polynomials


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

The physicist's Hermite polynomial H(n,x) can be defined by:

        H(n,x) = (-1)^n exp(x^2/2) * d^n/dx^n ( exp(-x^2/2) )
      

The normalized physicist's Hermite polynomial Hn(n,x) is scaled so that

        Integral ( -oo < X < +oo ) exp ( - X^2 ) * Hn(M,X) Hn(N,X) dX = delta ( N, M )
      

The probabilist's Hermite polynomial He(n,x) is related to H(n,x) by:

        He(n,x) = H(n,x/sqrt(2)) / sqrt ( 2^n )
      

The normalized probabilist's Hermite polynomial Hen(n,x) is scaled so that

        Integral ( -oo < X < +oo ) exp ( - 0.5*X^2 ) * Hen(M,X) Hen(N,X) dX = delta ( N, M )
      

The Hermite function Hf(n,x) is related to H(n,x) by:

        Hf(n,x) = H(n,x) * exp(-x^2/2) / sqrt ( 2^n * n! * sqrt ( pi ) )
      

The Hermite function Hf(n,x) is scaled so that:

        Integral ( -oo < X < +oo ) Hf(M,X) Hf(N,X) dX = delta ( N, M )
      

Licensing:

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

Languages:

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

Related Data and Programs:

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_HERMITE_RULE, a MATLAB program which can compute and print a generalized Gauss-Hermite quadrature rule.

HERMITE_PRODUCT_DISPLAY, a MATLAB program which displays an image of a function created by the Cartesian product of two Hermite polynomials, such as f(x,y) = h(3,x) * h(1,y).

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

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

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

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

LOBATTO_POLYNOMIAL, a MATLAB library which evaluates the Lobatto polynomial and associated functions.

PCE_BURGERS, a MATLAB program which defines and solves a version of the time-dependent viscous Burgers equation, with uncertain viscosity, using a polynomial chaos expansion in terms of Hermite polynomials, by Gianluca Iaccarino.

PCE_ODE_HERMITE, a MATLAB program which sets up a simple scalar ODE for exponential decay with an uncertain decay rate, using a polynomial chaos expansion in terms of Hermite polynomials.

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

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

Reference:

  1. Theodore Chihara,
    An Introduction to Orthogonal Polynomials,
    Gordon and Breach, 1978,
    ISBN: 0677041500,
    LC: QA404.5 C44.
  2. Walter Gautschi,
    Orthogonal Polynomials: Computation and Approximation,
    Oxford, 2004,
    ISBN: 0-19-850672-4,
    LC: QA404.5 G3555.
  3. Frank Olver, Daniel Lozier, Ronald Boisvert, Charles Clark,
    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 modified on 02 February 2014.