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GAMMA

Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (3)
Updated: 2008-08-05
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NAME

gamma, gammaf, gammal - (logarithm of the) gamma function  

SYNOPSIS

#include <math.h>

double gamma(double x);
float gammaf(float x);
long double gammal(long double x);

Link with -lm.

Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

gamma(): _BSD_SOURCE || _SVID_SOURCE || _XOPEN_SOURCE
gammaf(), gammal(): _BSD_SOURCE || _SVID_SOURCE || _XOPEN_SOURCE >= 600  

DESCRIPTION

These functions are deprecated: instead, use either the tgamma(3) or the lgamma(3) functions, as appropriate.

For the definition of the Gamma function, see tgamma(3).  

*BSD version

The libm in 4.4BSD and some versions of FreeBSD had a gamma() function that computes the Gamma function, as one would expect.  

glibc version

Glibc has a gamma() function that is equivalent to lgamma(3) and computes the natural logarithm of the Gamma function.  

RETURN VALUE

See lgamma(3).  

ERRORS

See lgamma(3).  

CONFORMING TO

Because of historical variations in behavior across systems, this function is not specified in any standard.  

NOTES

 

History

4.2BSD had a gamma() that computed ln(|Gamma(|x|)|), leaving the sign of Gamma(|x|) in the external integer signgam. In 4.3BSD the name was changed to lgamma(3), and the man page promises

"At some time in the future the name gamma will be rehabilitated and used for the Gamma function"

This did indeed happen in 4.4BSD, where gamma() computes the Gamma function (with no effect on signgam). However, this came too late, and we now have tgamma(3), the "true gamma" function.  

SEE ALSO

lgamma(3), signgam(3), tgamma(3)  

COLOPHON

This page is part of release 3.21 of the Linux man-pages project. A description of the project, and information about reporting bugs, can be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
*BSD version
glibc version
RETURN VALUE
ERRORS
CONFORMING TO
NOTES
History
SEE ALSO
COLOPHON

 

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