[Maxima] Question: invoking levin by default

Richard Fateman fateman at cs.berkeley.edu
Fri Jan 5 08:47:47 CST 2007

I think this default would not be consistent with the general approach in
Maxima. In particular, if sum(..) can be done exactly, and the result then
converted to a bfloat, that is what I would expect the commands below to do.

Also you would have to consider what to do with  (f(a)+sum (....)), bfloat.

How about this:  use "nsum" instead of "sum"  (Mathematica uses NSum vs
Or do this:

Simpsum:Levin, as a third option, other than true and false.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: maxima-bounces at math.utexas.edu [mailto:maxima-
> bounces at math.utexas.edu] On Behalf Of Michel Van den Bergh
> Sent: Friday, January 05, 2007 6:04 AM
> To: maxima at math.utexas.edu
> Subject: [Maxima] Question: invoking levin by default
> I would like to experiment with invoking levin by default. The interface
> would be something like
> load(levin);
> fpprec:50;
> sum(1/n-log(1+1/n),n,1,inf),bfloat;
>     5.7721566490153286060651209008240243104215933593992b-1
> Question: is this achievable in the maxima language, or should one go down
> to the lisp level?
> If the latter, can one do it in a localized way (i.e. purely within the
> package levin)?
> Michel
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