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From: John Maddock (jz.maddock_at_[hidden])
Date: 20210127 13:07:48
On 26/01/2021 15:46, Shriramana Sharma via Boostusers wrote:
> Namaste.
>
> This is wrt the TOMS748 math root finding implementation:
>
> Given that `if(fa == 0)` is handled at:
>
> https://github.com/boostorg/math/blob/develop/include/boost/math/tools/toms748_solve.hpp#L325
>
> â€¦ and the function returns in case of the above condition, it is not
> clear to me what the need is for the `if (fa != 0)` at:
>
> https://github.com/boostorg/math/blob/develop/include/boost/math/tools/toms748_solve.hpp#L342
You're quite right  it's superfluous, will fix.
> Now I also note similar checks at:
>
> https://github.com/boostorg/math/blob/develop/include/boost/math/tools/toms748_solve.hpp#L352
> https://github.com/boostorg/math/blob/develop/include/boost/math/tools/toms748_solve.hpp#L366
>
> â€¦ but regarding those lines, while I can understand the need for
> checking there after more bracketing work is done, it is not clear to
> me why `(fa == 0)` is alone checked for, and not `(fb == 0)` as well.
> I would have thought the algorithm is not biased towards a or b.
When bracket() is called, it updates either fa or fb with the next value
(fc), and when fc is zero then fa is always set to zero, and the result
is always a.Â So checking fb == 0 is unnecessary after a bracket() call.
> Indeed, in the last steps from:
>
> https://github.com/boostorg/math/blob/develop/include/boost/math/tools/toms748_solve.hpp#L465,
>
> â€¦ both the conditions are checked for,
Somewhat different situation  at this point the loop has terminated,
and we're just tightening up our interval in the case that one of a or b
is right on the root.Â This is a nicety not required by the algorithm as
such, and indeed the fb == 0 branch *may* be superfluous, but I would
want to think very carefully indeed before changing it ;)
Best, John Maddock.
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