[linux-dvb] [PATCH]Frontends or51132, or51211 move common code to module

Trent Piepho xyzzy at speakeasy.org
Thu Apr 20 05:46:40 CEST 2006

On Wed, 19 Apr 2006, Rusty Scott wrote:
>On Wed, 2006-04-19 at 08:49 +0200, christophpfister at bluemail.ch wrote:
>> Sorry to have concurrenced you, but manu told me to create one. Anyway, the
>> error (not the accurancy!!) is now < 0.047%.
>Not really a concurrence, because yours is a log base2 where mine is a
>log base 10. (Actually a 10*log10 for use in dB calcaulations)  Now you
>have a place to put your function when it is ready (if my patch is
>ack'd) and we could eventually base the log10 calculations on the log2
>functions with the appropriate conversion factor.

Christoph's code has a log10 function that does just that, returning the log10
in 4.24 fixed-point.  It's much more accurate than Jack Kelliher's code to do
the same thing.  Still, I can do even better:

This is for log base 10 over the range 1 to 2^24
Author		Max % error	Max abs error	CPU Time
Jack		0.844475%	0.0211893	19.08
Christoph	0.0462607%	0.00179902	6.66
Trent 256	0.000136763%	0.00000682604	7.74
Trent 128	0.000216441%	0.00000729513	7.75
Trent 64	0.000646134%	0.0000160004	7.77
Trent 32	0.00276062%	0.0000546169	7.74

Jack's code uses two tables, one with 200 32-bit values and another with
9 32-bit values.
Christoph's code uses two tables, one with 256 8-bit values and another with
256 16-bit values.
The four versions of my code uses a single table with 256, 128, 64, or 32
16-bit values, respectively.  Even with a lookup table one eighth the size, my
code is still twenty times more accurate.

Here is a graph of the relative error over the range 0-64k:

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