# LDERIV

## Purpose:

Calculates the derivative of a series or series expression using a left-to-right slope algorithm.

## Syntax:

LDERIV(series, method)

series

-

An interval or XY series, the series to differentiate.

method

-

Optional. An integer, the first point calculation method. Defaults to 0.

 0: first point = s/deltax(s) 1: first point = (s-s)/deltax(s)

## Returns:

A series or table.

## Example:

W1: 2..5

W2: lderiv(W1)

W3: lderiv(W1, 1)

W2 == {2, 1, 1, 1}

W3 == {1, 1, 1, 1}

W2 and W3 compute the left derivative of the series {2, 3, 4, 5}. The results are identical except for the first point.

## Example:

W1: 2..5;setdeltax(1/10)

W2: lderiv(W1)

W3: lderiv(W1, 1)

W2 == {20, 10, 10, 10}

W3 == {10, 10, 10, 10}

Same as above except the results are multiplied by the inverse of the DELTAX.

## Remarks:

LDERIV computes the 2 point derivative of series s as follows: For method == 0 (default), the data is assumed to be zero before the first sample, thus the derivative at the first point is computed as: For method == 1, The method 1 first point treatment generally results in a smaller start point discontinuity when the start point of the input data is not near zero.

See RDERIV to compute the 2 point right derivative.

See DERIV to compute the derivative using a quadratic polynomial.

See DIFF to compute the series difference.