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Re: Elliptic and Theta functions

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  • Subject: [mg9158] Re: Elliptic and Theta functions
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 03:37:59 -0400
  • Organization: University of Western Australia
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Mr. Kashif Rasul wrote:

>         I want to rewrite EllipticPi[-n,phi,m] where n>0, in terms of elliptic
> theta functions but when I try this, I seem to get the wrong answer. Can
> any one help me?

Can you give an example?

>         Also if any one can tell me how Mathematica calculates EllipticPi, it
> might help because I suspect the algorithm for doing EllipticPi might
> use theta functions.

Section A.9.4 of the Mathematica book says that

o Elliptic integrals are evaluated using the descending Gauss
o Elliptic theta functions use series summation with recursive
evaluation of series terms. 
o Other elliptic functions mostly use arithmetic-geometric mean methods.


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