Exactness of Gauss-Gegenbauer Quadrature Rules

GEGENBAUER_EXACTNESS, a C++ program which investigates the polynomial exactness of a Gauss-Gegenbauer quadrature rule for the interval [-1,1] with a weight function.

The Gauss-Gegenbauer quadrature rule is designed to approximate integrals on the interval [-1,1], with a weight function of the form (1-x^2)ALPHA. ALPHA is a real parameter that must be greater than -1.

Gauss-Gegenbauer quadrature assumes that the integrand we are considering has a form like:

        Integral ( -1 <= x <= +1 ) (1-x^2)^alpha f(x) dx

For a Gauss-Gegenbauer rule, polynomial exactness is defined in terms of the function f(x). That is, we say the rule is exact for polynomials up to degree DEGREE_MAX if, for any polynomial f(x) of that degree or less, the quadrature rule will produce the exact value of

        Integral ( -1 <= x <= +1 ) (1-x^2)^alpha f(x) dx

The program starts at DEGREE = 0, and then proceeds to DEGREE = 1, 2, and so on up to a maximum degree DEGREE_MAX specified by the user. At each value of DEGREE, the program generates the corresponding monomial term, applies the quadrature rule to it, and determines the quadrature error.

The program is very flexible and interactive. The quadrature rule is defined by three files, to be read at input, and the maximum degree top be checked is specified by the user as well.

Note that the three files that define the quadrature rule are assumed to have related names, of the form

When running the program, the user only enters the common prefix part of the file names, which is enough information for the program to find all three files.

For information on the form of these files, see the QUADRATURE_RULES directory listed below.

The exactness results are written to an output file with the corresponding name:


gegenbauer_exactness prefix degree_max alpha

If the arguments are not supplied on the command line, the program will prompt for them.


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


GEGENBAUER_EXACTNESS is available in a C++ version and a FORTRAN90 version and a MATLAB version

Related Data and Programs:

GEGENBAUER_CC, a C++ library which estimates the Gegenbauer weighted integral of a function f(x) using a Clenshaw-Curtis approach.


GEGENBAUER_RULE, a C++ program which can generate a Gauss-Gegenbauer quadrature rule on request.

HERMITE_EXACTNESS, a C++ program which tests the polynomial exactness of Gauss-Hermite quadrature rules.

LAGUERRE_EXACTNESS, a C++ program which tests the polynomial exactness of Gauss-Laguerre quadrature rules for integration over [0,+oo) with density function exp(-x).

LEGENDRE_EXACTNESS, a C++ program which tests the monomial exactness of quadrature rules for the Legendre problem of integrating a function with density 1 over the interval [-1,+1].


  1. Philip Davis, Philip Rabinowitz,
    Methods of Numerical Integration,
    Second Edition,
    Dover, 2007,
    ISBN: 0486453391,
    LC: QA299.3.D28.
  2. Shanjie Zhang, Jianming Jin,
    Computation of Special Functions,
    Wiley, 1996,
    ISBN: 0-471-11963-6,
    LC: QA351.C45.

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Last revised on 09 March 2020.