[Scipy-tickets] [SciPy] #1573: Proposed n-space integrator for quadpack.py

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#1573: Proposed n-space integrator for quadpack.py
 Reporter:  trobinso                                   |       Owner:  somebody
     Type:  enhancement                                |      Status:  new     
 Priority:  low                                        |   Milestone:  0.11.0  
Component:  scipy.integrate                            |     Version:  devel   
 Keywords:  multiple integration, quadpack, integrate  |  
 While working with a multivariate information problem for a paper yet to
 be defined, I wrote a useful multivariate integrator for n integrations
 over n variables. The following is my rough code, as based on ''dblquad''
 and ''tplquad'' in ''scipy/integrate/quadpack.py'':

 def _infuncn(x,func,gfun,hfun,count,epsabs,epsrel,more_args):
     a = gfun(x)
     b = hfun(x)
     myargs = (x,) + more_args
     if count == 1:
         return quad(func,a,b,args=myargs,epsabs=epsabs,epsrel=epsrel)[0]

 def nquad(func, a, b, args=(), epsabs=1.49e-8, epsrel=1.49e-8, count=2)
     ''' Recursive, N-depth integrator with number of variables given '''

     # Preconditions
     if not isinstance( count, int )
         raise TypeError('Variable "count" must be an integer value')
     if count < 2:
         raise ValueError('Variable "count" must be at least 2 to perform \
             meaningful multivariate integration. Consider using quad(...)


 This form makes several assumptions for simplicity's sake:
 1) epsabs and epsrel are the same value for all integrations
 2) a and b define static bounds for all integrations
 3) In cases where fewer than two integrations are desired, ''quad'' should
 be used instead.

 It's a simple thing that I'd like to contribute back to the project. I
 expect it can be made more robust by your team; in its current form, it
 proves quite useful for n-interaction information (that is, n-term mutual
 information for every n+1).

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