**Author**: Nico M Temme

**Publisher:** World Scientific

**ISBN:** 9814612170

**Category:** Mathematics

**Page:** 628

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This book gives introductory chapters on the classical basic and standard methods for asymptotic analysis, such as Watson's lemma, Laplace's method, the saddle point and steepest descent methods, stationary phase and Darboux's method. The methods, explained in great detail, will obtain asymptotic approximations of the well-known special functions of mathematical physics and probability theory. After these introductory chapters, the methods of uniform asymptotic analysis are described in which several parameters have influence on typical phenomena: turning points and transition points, coinciding saddle and singularities. In all these examples, the special functions are indicated that describe the peculiar behavior of the integrals. The text extensively covers the classical methods with an emphasis on how to obtain expansions, and how to use the results for numerical methods, in particular for approximating special functions. In this way, we work with a computational mind: how can we use certain expansions in numerical analysis and in computer programs, how can we compute coefficients, and so on. Contents:Basic Methods for IntegralsBasic Methods: Examples for Special FunctionsOther Methods for IntegralsUniform Methods for IntegralsUniform Methods for Laplace-Type IntegralsUniform Examples for Special FunctionsA Class of Cumulative Distribution Functions Readership: Researchers in applied mathematics, engineering, physics, mathematical statistics, probability theory and biology. The introductory parts and examples will be useful for post-graduate students in mathematics. Key Features:The book gives a complete overview of the classical asymptotic methods for integralsThe many examples give insight in the behavior of the well-known special functionsThe detailed explanations on how to obtain the coefficients in the expansions make the results useful for numerical applications, in particular, for computing special functionsThe many results on asymptotic representations of special functions supplement and extend those in the NIST Handbook of Mathematical FunctionsKeywords:Asymptotic Analysis;Approximation of Integrals;Asymptotic Approximations;Asymptotic Expansions;Steepest Descent Methods;Saddle Point Methods;Stationary Phase Method;Special Functions;Numerical Approximation of Special Functions;Cumulative Distribution FunctionsReviews: “The book is a useful contribution to the literature. It contains many asymptotic formulas that can be used by practitioners.” Zentralblatt MATH