[Haskell-cafe] Sinus in Haskell

Henning Thielemann lemming at henning-thielemann.de
Sat Nov 10 04:57:12 EST 2007

On Sat, 10 Nov 2007, Daniel Fischer wrote:

> Since you seem to know a lot about these things, out of curiosity, do you know
> how these functions are actually implemented? Do they use Taylor series or
> other techniques?

I think that for sin and cos the Taylor series are a good choice.  For
other functions like the square root, exponential, logarithm, inverse
trigonometric functions the CORDIC algorithms are to be prefered. They are
like a division, both in the idea and the speed.


  exp(x1+x2+x3+...+xn) = exp(x1) * exp(x2) * ... * exp(xn)
 now you choose x1, x2, ..., xn such that exp(xi) is a number that allows
a simple multiplication.
 x1 = ln(1.1 bin)
 x2 = ln(1.01 bin)
 x3 = ln(1.001 bin)
  Multiplying with xi is just a shift and a sum. You only need to
precompute and store the xi.

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