patterson_rule, an Octave code which generates a specific Gauss-Patterson quadrature rule, based on user input.

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' )


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


patterson_rule is available in a C version and a C++ version and a Fortran90 version and a MATLAB version and an Octave version.

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  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 24 February 2019.