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Asymptotic inversion of the incomplete beta function. (English) Zbl 0755.33002

From the author’s summary: The normalized incomplete beta function

I x (a,b)=1 B(a,b) 0 x t a-1 (1-t) b-1 dt

is inverted for large values of a and b. The approximations are obtained by using uniform asymptotic expansions of the incomplete beta function, in which an error function or an incomplete gamma function is the dominant term. The inversion problem starts by inverting this dominant term and further terms in the expansion are obtained by using standard perturbation methods. Numerical results indicate that the asymptotic method can already be used for a+b5 for an accuracy of four correct digits.

MSC:
33B20Incomplete beta and gamma functions
30E10Approximation in the complex domain
41A60Asymptotic approximations, asymptotic expansions (steepest descent, etc.)