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* GNU Scientific Library 1.4 released
@ 2003-08-18 17:23 Brian Gough
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Version 1.4 of the GNU Scientific Library is now available at,

and from mirrors worldwide (see

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  7513e13525c073dc07e02cc4354294e2  gsl-1.4.tar.gz

The GNU Scientific Library (GSL) is a collection of routines for
numerical computing in C.  This release is backwards compatible with
previous 1.x releases.  GSL now includes support for cumulative
distribution functions (CDFs) contributed by Jason H. Stover.  The
full NEWS file entry is appended below.

The project home page is at

GSL is free software distributed under the GNU General Public

Thanks to everyone who reported bugs and suggested improvements.

- -- 
Brian Gough

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* What is new in gsl-1.4:

** Added cumulative distribution functions and their inverses for the
continuous random distributions including: gaussian, lognormal, gamma,
beta, cauchy, laplace, chisq, exponential, gumbel, weibull,
F-distribution, t-distribution, logistic, pareto and rayleigh.

** Added faster binomial random variates using the TPE rejection
algorithm, in the function gsl_randist_binomial_tpe.

** Added new functions gsl_rng_fwrite and gsl_rnd_fread for storing
the state of random number generators in a file.

** Added a new function gsl_combination_memcpy()

** Corrected values of electrical constants in CGS units.  To take
account of different electrical systems of units the values are now
prefixed by GSL_CONST_MKSA (for the SI Metre, Kilogram, Second, Ampere
system) or GSL_CONST_CGSM (for the Centimetre, Gram, Second, Magnetic
system with the Gauss as the fundamental unit of magnetic field
strength).  The previous GSL_CONST_MKS and GSL_CONST_CGS prefixes have
been removed, as have the permeability and permittivity constants in
the CGS system since this uses different defining equations.

** Fixed bugs in the random number generators gsl_rng_fishman18,
gsl_rng_fishman2x, and gsl_rng_knuthran2 which caused them to return
incorrect results.  Minor corrections were made to the parameters in
the other Knuth generators borosh13, coveyou, fishman20, lecuyer21,
and waterman14.

** Fixed a missing transpose bug in the gsl_linalg_QR_QRsolve
and gsl_linalg_QRPT_QRsolve routines which were computing the
solution to Q^T R x = b instead of Q R x = b.

** Fixed gsl_sf_gammainv to return zero instead of a domain
error for arguments corresponding to singularities in gamma.

** Fixed a bug in the simplex minimization algorithm which
caused it to fail to find the second highest point correctly
when searching the set of simplex points.

** Fixed a bug in the conjugate gradient minimizers conjugate_pr,
conjugate_fr and vector_bgfs which caused the search
directions to be updated incorrectly.

** Fixed a bug in gsl_sf_psi_1_int(1) which caused it to
return the incorrect sign for psi(1,1).

** Fixed the simulated annealing routine gsl_siman_solve to use the
parameter iters_fixed_T for the number of iterations at fixed
temperature instead of n_tries.

** Fixed a bug in gsl_combination_valid which caused it to return the
incorrect status.

** Fixed a bug in gsl_permutation_canonical_to_linear which caused the
output to always be zero, and the input permutation to be incorrectly
replaced by the output.

** Fixed a bug is gsl_ran_discrete which could cause uninitialised
data to be returned for some distributions.

** Fixed the dependencies for gsl_chebyshev.h to include gsl_math.h.

** Fixed a bug in gsl_complex_arccsc_real which caused it to return 
the incorrect sign for the imaginary part when -1<x<0.

** Fixed a bug in the QAWC Cauchy integration routine which could
allow the singularity to fall on an interval boundary, leading to
division by zero.

** Improved gsl_sf_gamma_inc_P(a,x) to avoid a domain error for x<<a
when a>10.

** Improved the accuracy of gsl_sf_coupling_3j for large arguments.

** Improved the performance of gsl_sf_choose(m,n) by separating the
calculations for small and large arguments.

** On platforms without IEEE comparisons gsl_{isnan,isinf,finite} will
fall back to the system versions of isnan, isinf and finite if

** gsl_linalg_householder_hv now uses BLAS routines internally

** The script is now compatible with autoconf-2.50 and

** Reduced the memory usage of the multifit algorithms from MxM to MxN
for large M by performing the QR decomposition of the Jacobian

** IEEE modes now use the C99 fenv.h functions when platform spectific
functions are not available.

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