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gsl_odeiv_step_alloc($T, $dim)  This function returns a pointer to a newly allocated instance of a stepping function of type $T for a system of $dim dimensions.$T must be one of the step type constant above.

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gsl_odeiv_step_reset($s)  This function resets the stepping function $s. It should be used whenever the next use of s will not be a continuation of a previous step.

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gsl_odeiv_step_free($s)  This function frees all the memory associated with the stepping function $s.

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gsl_odeiv_step_name($s)  This function returns a pointer to the name of the stepping function.

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gsl_odeiv_step_order($s)  This function returns the order of the stepping function on the previous step. This order can vary if the stepping function itself is adaptive.

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gsl_odeiv_step_apply

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gsl_odeiv_control_alloc($T)  This function returns a pointer to a newly allocated instance of a control function of type $T. This function is only needed for defining new types of control functions. For most purposes the standard control functions described above should be sufficient. $T is a gsl_odeiv_control_type.

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gsl_odeiv_control_init($c, $eps_abs, $eps_rel, $a_y, $a_dydt)  This function initializes the control function c with the parameters eps_abs (absolute error), eps_rel (relative error), a_y (scaling factor for y) and a_dydt (scaling factor for derivatives).

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gsl_odeiv_control_free

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gsl_odeiv_control_hadjust

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gsl_odeiv_control_name

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gsl_odeiv_control_standard_new($eps_abs, $eps_rel, $a_y, $a_dydt)  The standard control object is a four parameter heuristic based on absolute and relative errors $eps_abs and $eps_rel, and scaling factors $a_y and $a_dydt for the system state y(t) and derivatives y’(t) respectively. The stepsize adjustment procedure for this method begins by computing the desired error level D_i for each component, D_i = eps_abs + eps_rel * (a_y y_i + a_dydt h y’_i) and comparing it with the observed error E_i = yerr_i. If the observed error E exceeds the desired error level D by more than 10% for any component then the method reduces the stepsize by an appropriate factor, h_new = h_old * S * (E/D)^(1/q) where q is the consistency order of the method (e.g. q=4 for 4(5) embedded RK), and S is a safety factor of 0.9. The ratio E/D is taken to be the maximum of the ratios E_i/D_i. If the observed error E is less than 50% of the desired error level D for the maximum ratio E_i/D_i then the algorithm takes the opportunity to increase the stepsize to bring the error in line with the desired level, h_new = h_old * S * (E/D)^(1/(q+1)) This encompasses all the standard error scaling methods. To avoid uncontrolled changes in the stepsize, the overall scaling factor is limited to the range 1/5 to 5.

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gsl_odeiv_control_y_new($eps_abs, $eps_rel)  This function creates a new control object which will keep the local error on each step within an absolute error of $eps_abs and relative error of $eps_rel with respect to the solution y_i(t). This is equivalent to the standard control object with a_y=1 and a_dydt=0.

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gsl_odeiv_control_yp_new($eps_abs, $eps_rel)  This function creates a new control object which will keep the local error on each step within an absolute error of $eps_abs and relative error of $eps_rel with respect to the derivatives of the solution y’_i(t). This is equivalent to the standard control object with a_y=0 and a_dydt=1.

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gsl_odeiv_control_scaled_new($eps_abs, $eps_rel, $a_y, $a_dydt, $scale_abs, $dim)  This function creates a new control object which uses the same algorithm as gsl_odeiv_control_standard_new but with an absolute error which is scaled for each component by the array reference $scale_abs. The formula for D_i for this control object is, D_i = eps_abs * s_i + eps_rel * (a_y y_i + a_dydt h y’_i) where s_i is the ith component of the array scale_abs. The same error control heuristic is used by the Matlab ode suite.

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gsl_odeiv_evolve_alloc($dim)  This function returns a pointer to a newly allocated instance of an evolution function for a system of $dim dimensions.

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gsl_odeiv_evolve_apply

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gsl_odeiv_evolve_reset($e)  This function resets the evolution function $e. It should be used whenever the next use of $e will not be a continuation of a previous step.

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gsl_odeiv_evolve_free($e)  This function frees all the memory associated with the evolution function $e.

