Modified Beta Function

TOMS179 is a Python library which implements ACM TOMS algorithm 179, for evaluating the modified Beta function.

While the text of many ACM TOMS algorithms is available online through ACM: or NETLIB:, many of the early algorithms are not available. This is one of them. I typed it in.

The original algorithm was published in the Algol language. Shortly therafter, a distinct FORTRAN77 algorithm was published as a "remark" to the original algorithm. A few modifications to the FORTRAN77 program were proposed in a subsequent "remark".


prob = mdbeta ( x, p, q )


TOMS179 is available in a C version and a C++ version and a FORTRAN77 version and a FORTRAN90 version and a MATLAB version and a Python version.

Related Data and Programs:

TEST_VALUES, a Python library which contains routines which return sample values of various functions, including the modified beta function, and the logarithm of the gamma function.


  1. Nancy Bosten, EL Battiste,
    Remark on Algorithm 179: Incomplete Beta Ratio,
    Communications of the ACM,
    Volume 17, Number 3, March 1974, pages 156-157.
  2. William Cody, Kenneth Hillstrom,
    Chebyshev Approximations for the Natural Logarithm of the Gamma Function,
    Mathematics of Computation,
    Volume 21, Number 98, April 1967, pages 198-203.
  3. John Hart, Ward Cheney, Charles Lawson, Hans Maehly, Charles Mesztenyi, John Rice, Henry Thacher, Christoph Witzgall,
    Computer Approximations,
    Wiley, 1968,
    LC: QA297.C64.
  4. Oliver Ludwig,
    Algorithm 179: Incomplete Beta Ratio,
    Communications of the ACM,
    Volume 6, Number 6, June 1963, page 314.
  5. Malcolm Pike, Jennie SooHoo,
    Remark on Algorithm 179: Incomplete Beta Ratio,
    ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software,
    Volume 2, Number 2, June 1976, pages 207-208.

Source Code:

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Last revised on 18 August 2015.