Quarterly of Applied Mathematics

Quarterly of Applied Mathematics

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Accurate approximations to the polygamma functions

Author: C. Stuart Kelley
Journal: Quart. Appl. Math. 37 (1979), 203-207
MSC: Primary 33A15
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/qam/542991
MathSciNet review: 542991
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Abstract: Empirically obtained approximations to the polygamma functions $ {\psi ^{\left( n \right)}}\left( x \right)$ and their associated accuracies are presented. These simple functions are quite accurate, this accuracy increasing with $ x$ and being best for small $ n$. These approximate expressions are shown to be circuitously related to the Stirling approximation to the parent gamma function.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/qam/542991
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