The Gamma function, Γ(x) is a generalization of the factorial. It is defined as
The GammaFunctions class provides static methods for evaluating the Gamma function and its variants,
including Beta functions and the Digamma function.
The Gamma method evaluates
the standard Gamma function. The LogGamma method evaluates the natural
logarithm of (the absolute value of) the Gamma function. Both methods have overloads for real and complex arguments.
This method has an overload that takes an additional integer out parameter. On exit, this
parameter contains the sign of the Gamma function.
The incomplete Gamma function is defined as
It is implemented as the IncompleteGamma
method. Allowing the upper bound of the integral to vary as well leads to a second variant of IncompleteGamma
that takes three arguments.
The regularized Gamma functions are defined by
and implemented by the RegularizedGammaP and RegularizedGammaQ methods. Table 1
summarizes the methods that implement Gamma functions.
Gamma or Gamma
(Overloaded.) Gamma function for real or complex argument.
(Overloaded.) Natural logarithm of the Gamma function for real or complex argument. Optionally returns
the sign in a second out parameter.
(Overloaded.) Incomplete Gamma function for two or three real arguments.
Regularized Gamma function of the first kind.
Regularized Gamma function of the second kind.
Inverse of the regularized Gamma function of the first kind.
Inverse of the regularized Gamma function of the second kind.
Table 1. Gamma functions.
The Beta function is closely related to the Gamma function. It is defined as:
The methods that implement the Beta function and related functions are listed below:
Beta function for real arguments.
Natural logarithm of the Beta function for real arguments.
Regularized Beta function for real arguments.
Inverse of the regularized Beta function for real arguments.
Table 2. Beta functions.
Other Gamma-related functions
The DiGamma function Psi(x) is the derivative of the logarithm of the Gamma function. It is implemented
by the Digamma method, with overloads
for real and integer arguments. When the argument is an integer, the following special relation holds:
where γ is EulersConstant and the second term
is a so-called harmonic number, also available through the HarmonicNumber method.
method evaluates the Taylor coefficient of the specified degree for a specified value of the argument.