lerch: Lerch Phi Function

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Lerch Phi Function


Computes the Lerch Phi function.


lerch(x, s, v, tolerance = 1.0e-10, iter = 100)


x, s, v

Numeric. This function recyles values of x, s, and v if necessary.


Numeric. Accuracy required, must be positive and less than 0.01.


Maximum number of iterations allowed to obtain convergence. If iter is too small then a result of NA may occur; if so, try increasing its value.


Also known as the Lerch transcendent, it can be defined by an integral involving analytical continuation. An alternative definition is the series

Phi(x,s,v) = sum_{n=0}^{infty} x^n / (n+v)^s

which converges for |x|<1 as well as for |x|=1 with s>1. The series is undefined for integers v <= 0. Actually, x may be complex but this function only works for real x. The algorithm used is based on the relation

Phi(x,s,v) = x^m Phi(x,s,v+m) + sum_{n=0}^{m-1} x^n / (n+v)^s .

See the URL below for more information. This function is a wrapper function for the C code described below.


Returns the value of the function evaluated at the values of x, s, v. If the above ranges of x and v are not satisfied, or some numeric problems occur, then this function will return an NA for those values. (The C code returns 6 possible return codes, but this is not passed back up to the R level.)


This function has not been thoroughly tested and contains limitations, for example, the zeta function cannot be computed with this function even though zeta(s) = Phi(x=1,s,v=1). Several numerical problems can arise, such as lack of convergence, overflow and underflow, especially near singularities. If any problems occur then an NA will be returned. For example, if |x|=1 and s>1 then convergence may be so slow that changing tolerance and/or iter may be needed to get an answer (that is treated cautiously).


There are a number of special cases, e.g., the Riemann zeta-function is zeta(s) = Phi(x=1,s,v=1). Another example is the Hurwitz zeta function zeta(s) = Phi(x=1,s,v=v). The special case of s=1 corresponds to the hypergeometric 2F1, and this is implemented in the gsl package. The Lerch Phi function should not be confused with the Lerch zeta function though they are quite similar.


S. V. Aksenov and U. D. Jentschura wrote the C code (called Version 1.00). The R wrapper function was written by T. Yee.


Originally the code was found at http://aksenov.freeshell.org/lerchphi/source/lerchphi.c.

Bateman, H. (1953). Higher Transcendental Functions. Volume 1. McGraw-Hill, NY, USA.

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## Not run: 
s <- 2; v <- 1; x <- seq(-1.1, 1.1, length = 201)
plot(x, lerch(x, s = s, v = v), type = "l", col = "blue",
     las = 1, main = paste0("lerch(x, s = ", s,", v = ", v, ")"))
abline(v = 0, h = 1, lty = "dashed", col = "gray")

## End(Not run)

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