- publishing free software manuals
 GNU Scientific Library Reference Manual - Third Edition (v1.12) by M. Galassi, J. Davies, J. Theiler, B. Gough, G. Jungman, P. Alken, M. Booth, F. RossiPaperback (6"x9"), 592 pages, 60 figuresISBN 0954612078RRP £24.95 (\$39.95)

## 4.4 Small integer powers

A common complaint about the standard C library is its lack of a function for calculating (small) integer powers. GSL provides some simple functions to fill this gap. For reasons of efficiency, these functions do not check for overflow or underflow conditions.

Function: double gsl_pow_int (double x, int n)
This routine computes the power x^n for integer n. The power is computed efficiently--for example, x^8 is computed as ((x^2)^2)^2, requiring only 3 multiplications. A version of this function which also computes the numerical error in the result is available as `gsl_sf_pow_int_e`.
Function: double gsl_pow_2 (const double x)
Function: double gsl_pow_3 (const double x)
Function: double gsl_pow_4 (const double x)
Function: double gsl_pow_5 (const double x)
Function: double gsl_pow_6 (const double x)
Function: double gsl_pow_7 (const double x)
Function: double gsl_pow_8 (const double x)
Function: double gsl_pow_9 (const double x)
These functions can be used to compute small integer powers x^2, x^3, etc. efficiently. The functions will be inlined when `HAVE_INLINE` is defined, so that use of these functions should be as efficient as explicitly writing the corresponding product expression.
```#include <gsl/gsl_math.h>
double y = gsl_pow_4 (3.141)  /* compute 3.141**4 */
```
 ISBN 0954612078 GNU Scientific Library Reference Manual - Third Edition (v1.12) See the print edition