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Section: Derivations of a function

Name: derivate

Iterates the derivation of a function f.
This functions performs a numerical derivativ of a function f depending on one variable x. It returns the the derivative at a point x 0 by Ridders' method of polynomial extrapolation, as described in Numerical Recipes.

[ y':float ] = derivate

The err argument sets the maximal error limit excepted for a successfull iteration. This function can only be used for the first derivative of a function. The algortihm fails on data produced by himselfes! There is another derivative module, called DyDx . It's based on a multiple point calculation around the x 0 point. In contrast to this iteration, the DyDx module can always be used for higher derivatives, but without error consideration.
[] let y = fun x -> sin x ;; 
val y : float -> float = <fun> 
[] derivate y 0.5 () ;; 
- : float = 0.87758256189 
[] cos 0.5 ;; 
- : float = 0.87758256189 

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