.TH ginsh 1 "January, 2000" "GiNaC @VERSION@" "The GiNaC Group"
.SH NAME
ginsh \- GiNaC Interactive Shell
.SH SYNPOSIS
.B ginsh
.RI [ file\&... ]
.SH DESCRIPTION
.B ginsh
is an interactive frontend for the GiNaC symbolic computation framework.
It is intended as a tool for testing and experimenting with GiNaC's
features, not as a replacement for traditional interactive computer
algebra systems. Although it can do many things these traditional systems
can do, ginsh provides no programming constructs like loops or conditional
expressions. If you need this functionality you are advised to write
your program in C++, using the "native" GiNaC class framework.
.SH USAGE
.SS INPUT FORMAT
After startup, ginsh displays a prompt ("> ") signifying that it is ready
to accept your input. Acceptable input are numeric or symbolic expressions
consisting of numbers (e.g.
.BR 42 ", " 2/3 " or " 0.17 ),
symbols (e.g.
.BR x " or " result ),
mathematical operators like
.BR + " and " * ,
and functions (e.g.
.BR sin " or " normal ).
Every input expression must be terminated with either a semicolon
.RB ( ; )
or a colon
.RB ( : ).
If terminated with a semicolon, ginsh will evaluate the expression and print
the result to stdout. If terminated with a colon, ginsh will only evaluate the
expression but not print the result. It is possible to enter multiple
expressions on one line. Whitespace (spaces, tabs, newlines) can be applied
freely between tokens. To quit ginsh, enter
.BR quit " or " exit ,
or type an EOF (Ctrl-D) at the prompt.
.SS COMMENTS
Anything following a double slash
.RB ( // )
up to the end of the line, and all lines starting with a hash mark
.RB ( # )
are treated as a comment and ignored.
.SS NUMBERS
ginsh accepts numbers in the usual decimal notations. This includes arbitrary
precision integers and rationals as well as floating point numbers in standard
or scientific notation (e.g.
.BR 1.2E6 ).
The general rule is that if a number contains a decimal point
.RB ( . ),
it is an (inexact) floating point number; otherwise it is an (exact) integer or
rational.
Integers can be specified in binary, octal, hexadecimal or arbitrary (2-36) base
by prefixing them with
.BR #b ", " #o ", " #x ", or "
.BI # n R
, respectively.
.SS SYMBOLS
Symbols are made up of a string of alphanumeric characters and the underscore
.RB ( _ ),
with the first character being non-numeric. E.g.
.BR a " and " mu_1
are acceptable symbol names, while
.B 2pi
is not. It is possible to use symbols with the same names as functions (e.g.
.BR sin );
ginsh is able to distinguish between the two.
.PP
Symbols can be assigned values by entering
.RS
.IB symbol " = " expression ;
.RE
.PP
To unassign the value of an assigned symbol, type
.RS
.BI unassign(' symbol ');
.RE
.PP
Assigned symbols are automatically evaluated (= replaced by their assigned value)
when they are used. To refer to the unevaluated symbol, put single quotes
.RB ( ' )
around the name, as demonstrated for the "unassign" command above.
.PP
The following symbols are pre-defined constants that cannot be assigned
a value by the user:
.RS
.TP 8m
.B Pi
Archimedes' Constant
.TP
.B Catalan
Catalan's Constant
.TP
.B Euler
Euler-Mascheroni Constant
.TP
.B I
sqrt(-1)
.TP
.B FAIL
an object of the GiNaC "fail" class
.RE
.PP
There is also the special
.RS
.B Digits
.RE
symbol that controls the numeric precision of calculations with inexact numbers.
Assigning an integer value to digits will change the precision to the given
number of decimal places.
.SS WILDCARDS
The has(), match() and subs() functions accept wildcards as placeholders for
expressions. These have the syntax
.RS
.BI $ number
.RE
for example $0, $1 etc.
.SS LAST PRINTED EXPRESSIONS
ginsh provides the three special symbols
.RS
", "" and """
.RE
that refer to the last, second last, and third last printed expression, respectively.
These are handy if you want to use the results of previous computations in a new
expression.
.SS OPERATORS
ginsh provides the following operators, listed in falling order of precedence:
.RS
.TP 8m
\" GINSH_OP_HELP_START
.B !
postfix factorial
.TP
.B ^
powering
.TP
.B +
unary plus
.TP
.B \-
unary minus
.TP
.B *
multiplication
.TP
.B %
non-commutative multiplication
.TP
.B /
division
.TP
.B +
addition
.TP
.B \-
subtraction
.TP
.B <
less than
.TP
.B >
greater than
.TP
.B <=
less or equal
.TP
.B >=
greater or equal
.TP
.B ==
equal
.TP
.B !=
not equal
.TP
.B =
symbol assignment
\" GINSH_OP_HELP_END
.RE
.PP
All binary operators are left-associative, with the exception of
.BR ^ " and " =
which are right-associative. The result of the assignment operator
.RB ( = )
is its right-hand side, so it's possible to assign multiple symbols in one
expression (e.g.
.BR "a = b = c = 2;" ).
.SS LISTS
Lists are used by the
.B subs
and
.B lsolve
functions. A list consists of an opening curly brace
.RB ( { ),
a (possibly empty) comma-separated sequence of expressions, and a closing curly
brace
.RB ( } ).
.SS MATRICES
A matrix consists of an opening square bracket
.RB ( [ ),
a non-empty comma-separated sequence of matrix rows, and a closing square bracket
.RB ( ] ).
Each matrix row consists of an opening square bracket
.RB ( [ ),
a non-empty comma-separated sequence of expressions, and a closing square bracket
.RB ( ] ).
If the rows of a matrix are not of the same length, the width of the matrix
becomes that of the longest row and shorter rows are filled up at the end
with elements of value zero.
.SS FUNCTIONS
A function call in ginsh has the form
.RS
.IB name ( arguments )
.RE
where
.I arguments
is a comma-separated sequence of expressions. ginsh provides a couple of built-in
functions and also "imports" all symbolic functions defined by GiNaC and additional
libraries. There is no way to define your own functions other than linking ginsh
against a library that defines symbolic GiNaC functions.
.PP
ginsh provides Tab-completion on function names: if you type the first part of
a function name, hitting Tab will complete the name if possible. If the part you
typed is not unique, hitting Tab again will display a list of matching functions.
Hitting Tab twice at the prompt will display the list of all available functions.
.PP
A list of the built-in functions follows. They nearly all work as the
respective GiNaC methods of the same name, so I will not describe them in
detail here. Please refer to the GiNaC documentation.
.PP
.RS
\" GINSH_FCN_HELP_START
.BI charpoly( matrix ", " symbol )
\- characteristic polynomial of a matrix
.br
.BI coeff( expression ", " object ", " number )
\- extracts coefficient of object^number from a polynomial
.br
.BI collect( expression ", " object-or-list )
\- collects coefficients of like powers (result in recursive form)
.br
.BI collect_distributed( expression ", " list )
\- collects coefficients of like powers (result in distributed form)
.br
.BI content( expression ", " symbol )
\- content part of a polynomial
.br
.BI degree( expression ", " object )
\- degree of a polynomial
.br
.BI denom( expression )
\- denominator of a rational function
.br
.BI determinant( matrix )
\- determinant of a matrix
.br
.BI diag( expression... )
\- constructs diagonal matrix
.br
.BI diff( expression ", " "symbol [" ", " number] )
\- partial differentiation
.br
.BI divide( expression ", " expression )
\- exact polynomial division
.br
.BI eval( "expression [" ", " level] )
\- evaluates an expression, replacing symbols by their assigned value
.br
.BI evalf( "expression [" ", " level] )
\- evaluates an expression to a floating point number
.br
.BI evalm( expression )
\- evaluates sums, products and integer powers of matrices
.br
.BI expand( expression )
\- expands an expression
.br
.BI gcd( expression ", " expression )
\- greatest common divisor
.br
.BI has( expression ", " expression )
\- returns "1" if the first expression contains the second (which may contain wildcards) as a subexpression, "0" otherwise
.br
.BI inverse( matrix )
\- inverse of a matrix
.br
.BI is( relation )
\- returns "1" if the relation is true, "0" otherwise (false or undecided)
.br
.BI lcm( expression ", " expression )
\- least common multiple
.br
.BI lcoeff( expression ", " object )
\- leading coefficient of a polynomial
.br
.BI ldegree( expression ", " object )
\- low degree of a polynomial
.br
.BI lsolve( equation-list ", " symbol-list )
\- solve system of linear equations
.br
.BI match( expression ", " pattern )
\- check whether expression matches a pattern; returns a list of wildcard substitutions or "FAIL" if there is no match
.br
.BI nops( expression )
\- number of operands in expression
.br
.BI normal( "expression [" ", " level] )
\- rational function normalization
.br
.BI numer( expression )
\- numerator of a rational function
.br
.BI numer_denom( expression )
\- numerator and denumerator of a rational function as a list
.br
.BI op( expression ", " number )
\- extract operand from expression
.br
.BI power( expr1 ", " expr2 )
\- exponentiation (equivalent to writing expr1^expr2)
.br
.BI prem( expression ", " expression ", " symbol )
\- pseudo-remainder of polynomials
.br
.BI primpart( expression ", " symbol )
\- primitive part of a polynomial
.br
.BI quo( expression ", " expression ", " symbol )
\- quotient of polynomials
.br
.BI rem( expression ", " expression ", " symbol )
\- remainder of polynomials
.br
.BI series( expression ", " relation-or-symbol ", " order )
\- series expansion
.br
.BI sqrfree( "expression [" ", " symbol-list] )
\- square-free factorization of a polynomial
.br
.BI sqrt( expression )
\- square root
.br
.BI subs( expression ", " relation-or-list )
.br
.BI subs( expression ", " look-for-list ", " replace-by-list )
\- substitute subexpressions (you may use wildcards)
.br
.BI tcoeff( expression ", " object )
\- trailing coefficient of a polynomial
.br
.BI time( expression )
\- returns the time in seconds needed to evaluate the given expression
.br
.BI trace( matrix )
\- trace of a matrix
.br
.BI transpose( matrix )
\- transpose of a matrix
.br
.BI unassign( symbol )
\- unassign an assigned symbol
.br
.BI unit( expression ", " symbol )
\- unit part of a polynomial
.br
\" GINSH_FCN_HELP_END
.RE
.SS SPECIAL COMMANDS
To exit ginsh, enter
.RS
.B quit
.RE
or
.RS
.B exit
.RE
.PP
ginsh can display a (short) help for a given topic (mostly about functions
and operators) by entering
.RS
.BI ? topic
.RE
Typing
.RS
.B ??
.RE
will display a list of available help topics.
.PP
The command
.RS
.BI print( expression );
.RE
will print a dump of GiNaC's internal representation for the given
.IR expression .
This is useful for debugging and for learning about GiNaC internals.
.PP
The command
.RS
.BI iprint( expression );
.RE
prints the given
.I expression
(which must evaluate to an integer) in decimal, octal, and hexadecimal representations.
.PP
Finally, the shell escape
.RS
.B !
.RI [ "command " [ arguments ]]
.RE
passes the given
.I command
and optionally
.I arguments
to the shell for execution. With this method, you can execute shell commands
from within ginsh without having to quit.
.SH EXAMPLES
.nf
> a = x^2\-x\-2;
\-2\-x+x^2
> b = (x+1)^2;
(x+1)^2
> s = a/b;
(x+1)^(\-2)*(\-2\-x+x^2)
> diff(s, x);
(2*x\-1)*(x+1)^(\-2)\-2*(x+1)^(\-3)*(\-x+x^2\-2)
> normal(s);
(x\-2)*(x+1)^(\-1)
> x = 3^50;
717897987691852588770249
> s;
717897987691852588770247/717897987691852588770250
> Digits = 40;
40
> evalf(s);
0.999999999999999999999995821133292704384960990679
> unassign('x');
x
> s;
(x+1)^(\-2)*(\-x+x^2\-2)
> series(sin(x),x==0,6);
1*x+(\-1/6)*x^3+1/120*x^5+Order(x^6)
> lsolve({3*x+5*y == 7}, {x, y});
{x==\-5/3*y+7/3,y==y}
> lsolve({3*x+5*y == 7, \-2*x+10*y == \-5}, {x, y});
{x==19/8,y==\-1/40}
> M = [ [a, b], [c, d] ];
[[\-x+x^2\-2,(x+1)^2],[c,d]]
> determinant(M);
\-2*d\-2*x*c\-x^2*c\-x*d+x^2*d\-c
> collect(", x);
(\-d\-2*c)*x+(d\-c)*x^2\-2*d\-c
> solve quantum field theory;
parse error at quantum
> quit
.fi
.SH DIAGNOSTICS
.TP
.RI "parse error at " foo
You entered something which ginsh was unable to parse. Please check the syntax
of your input and try again.
.TP
.RI "argument " num " to " function " must be a " type
The argument number
.I num
to the given
.I function
must be of a certain type (e.g. a symbol, or a list). The first argument has
number 0, the second argument number 1, etc.
.SH AUTHOR
.TP
The GiNaC Group:
.br
Christian Bauer
.br
Alexander Frink
.br
Richard Kreckel
.SH SEE ALSO
GiNaC Tutorial \- An open framework for symbolic computation within the
C++ programming language
.PP
CLN \- A Class Library for Numbers, Bruno Haible
.SH COPYRIGHT
Copyright \(co 1999-2001 Johannes Gutenberg Universit\(:at Mainz, Germany
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
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This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
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