Third International Conference on Advances in Computing, Electronics and Communication - ACEC 2015
Author(s) : H. M. NASIR
Complex-step differentiation is a recent popular method to compute a real valued function and its first derivative approximately with second order error using imaginary step size. We propose a generalization of complex-step method to compute a complex valued function and its derivatives up to order n – 1 with approximate error of order n, for any desired integer n. For this, we use a hypercomplex number system of dimension n and Taylor series expansion of the function at a hypercomplex number. Computations can be performed efficiently by using fast Fourier transform.