From: SourceForge.net <noreply@so...>  20080921 22:17:58

Bugs item #1093138, was opened at 20041230 08:05 Message generated for change (Comment added) made by crategus You can respond by visiting: https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=detail&atid=104933&aid=1093138&group_id=4933 Please note that this message will contain a full copy of the comment thread, including the initial issue submission, for this request, not just the latest update. Category: Lisp Core Group: None Status: Open Resolution: None Priority: 3 Private: No Submitted By: Robert Dodier (robert_dodier) Assigned to: Nobody/Anonymous (nobody) Summary: double factorial defn incorrect for noninteger operand Initial Comment: The double factorial x!! yields an incorrect result for x other than an integer. It appears that x!! is computed as the product x*(x2)*(x4)*...*y, where y is the least term (x2*k) s.t. x2*k > 1. This agrees with published defns (Arfken, Mathworld) for positive integers but not otherwise. Mathworld (http://mathworld.wolfram.com/DoubleFactorial.html) states a formula for z!!, z complex, translated into Maxima as follows  doublefact (z) := block ([a: 1+2*zcos(%pi*z), b: cos(%pi*z)1], 2^(a/4) * %pi^(b/4) * gamma(1+z/2)); It seems that Maxima could evaluate this function for noninteger arguments. Note that Maxima translates input x!! into an noun form genfact (x, x/2, 2).  >Comment By: Dieter Kaiser (crategus) Date: 20080922 00:17 Message: In a first step (asum.lisp, Rev. 1.30) the numerical evaluation of the function genfact(x,y,z) is specialized to integer arguments within the following range x, y, z, integer and z <= x and y <= x/z. For non valid integers a Maxima error is thrown. For all other numbers Maxima returns a noun form. With this changes Maxima no longer calculate wrong results. To get more general results for real and complex values for the Double factorial function a new function factorial_double has been suggested on the mailing list. Because Maxima no longer gets incorrect results this bug report could be closed. Dieter Kaiser  You can respond by visiting: https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=detail&atid=104933&aid=1093138&group_id=4933 