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J. P. Jaiswal, "Some Class of Third- and Fourth-Order Iterative Methods for Solving Nonlinear Equations", Journal of Applied Mathematics, vol. 2014, Article ID 817656, 17 pages, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/817656
Some Class of Third- and Fourth-Order Iterative Methods for Solving Nonlinear Equations
The object of the present work is to give the new class of third- and fourth-order iterative methods for solving nonlinear equations. Our proposed third-order method includes methods of Weerakoon and Fernando (2000), Homeier (2005), and Chun and Kim (2010) as particular cases. The multivariate extension of some of these methods has been also deliberated. Finally, some numerical examples are given to illustrate the performances of our proposed methods by comparing them with some well existing third- and fourth-order methods. The efficiency of our proposed fourth-order method over some fourth-order methods is also confirmed by basins of attraction.
Solving nonlinear equations is one of the most important problems in numerical analysis. To solve nonlinear equations, some iterative methods (such as Secant method and Newton method) are usually used. Throughout this paper, we consider iterative methods to find a simple root of a nonlinear equation . It is well known that the order of convergence of the Newton method is two. To improve the efficiency of the Newton method, many modified third-order methods have been presented in the literature by using different techniques. Weerakoon and Fernando in  obtained a third-order method by approximating the integral in Newton’s theorem by trapezoidal rule, Homeier in  by using inverse function theorem, Chun and Kim in  by using circle of curvature concept, and so forth. Kung and Traub  presented a hypothesis on the optimality of the iterative methods by giving as the optimal order. This means that the Newton method involved two function evaluations per iteration and is optimal with 1.414 as the efficiency index. By taking into account the optimality concept, many authors are trying to build iterative methods of optimal (higher) order of convergence.
The convergence order of the above discussed methods is three with three (one function and two derivatives) evaluations per full iteration. Clearly, its efficiency index is not high (optimal). In recent days, authors are improving these types of nonoptimal order methods to optimal order by using different techniques, such as in  by using linear combination of two third-order methods and in  by using polynomial approximations. Recently, Soleymani et al.  have used two different weight functions in the methods of [1, 2] to make them optimal.
This paper is organized as follows: in Section 2, we describe a new class of third-order iterative methods by using the concept of weight function which includes the methods of [1–3]. After that, order of this class of methods has been accelerated from three to four by introducing one more weight function and without adding more function evaluations. Section 3 is devoted to the extension of some proposed methods to the multivariate case. Finally, we give some numerical examples and the new methods are compared with some existing third- and fourth-order methods. Efficiency of our proposed fourth-order method is shown by basins of attraction.
2. Methods and Convergence Analysis
Before constructing the methods, here we state the following definitions.
Definition 1. Let be a real valued function with a simple root and let be a sequence of real numbers that converge towards . The order of convergence is given by where is the asymptotic error constant and .
Definition 2. Let be the number of function evaluations of the new method. The efficiency of the new method is measured by the concept of efficiency index [8, 9] and defined as where is the order of convergence of the new method.
2.1. Third-Order Methods
In this section, we construct a new class of two-step third-order iterative methods. Let us consider the following iterative formula: where . The following theorem indicates under what conditions on the weight function in (3) the order of convergence is three.
Theorem 3. Let the function have sufficient number of continuous derivatives in a neighborhood of which is a simple root of ; then method (3) has third-order convergence, when the weight function satisfies the following conditions:
Proof. Let be the error in the th iterate and , . We provide Taylor’s series expansion of each term involved in (3). By Taylor series expansion around the simple root in the th iteration, we have
Furthermore, it can be easily found that
By considering this relation, we obtain
At this time, we should expand around the root by taking into consideration (7). Accordingly, we have
Furthermore, we have
By virtue of (9) and (4), we attain Finally, using (10) in the second step of (3), we have the following error equation: which has the third order of convergence. This proves the theorem.
Case 4. If we take in (3), then we get the formula and its error expression is given by
2.2. Fourth-Order Methods
The convergence order of the previous class of methods is three with three (one function and two derivatives) evaluations per full iteration. Clearly its efficiency index is not high (optimal) so we use one more weight function in the second step of (3) and introduce a constant in its first step. Thus, we consider where and are real-valued weight functions with and is a real constant. The following theorem indicates under what conditions on the weight functions and constant in (17) the order of convergence will arrive at the optimal level four.
Theorem 5. Let the function have sufficient number of continuous derivatives in a neighborhood of which is a simple root of ; then method (17) has fourth-order convergence, when and the weight functions and satisfy the following conditions:
Proof. Using (5) and in the first step of (17), we have Now we should expand around the root by taking into consideration (19). Thus, we have Furthermore, we have By virtue of (21) and (18), we can obtain Finally, using (22) in the second step of (17), we have the following error expression: which shows the fourth-order convergence. It confirms the result.
It is clear that our class of fourth-order iterative methods (17) requires three function evaluations per iteration, that is, one function and two first derivative evaluations. Thus our new class is optimal. Clearly its efficiency index is (high). Now by choosing appropriate weight functions in (17) which satisfy the conditions of (18), one can give a number of optimal two-step fourth-order iterative methods.
Method 1. If we take , , and in (17), then we get the following method: and its error equation is given by
Method 2. If we take , , and in (17), then we get the following method: and its error equation is given by
Method 4. If we take , , and in (17), then we get the following method: and its error equation is given by
3. Extension to Multivariate Case
In this section, we extend some methods of the previous sections (similarly other methods can also be extended) to the multivariate case. Method (15) for systems of nonlinear equations can be written as where , (); similarly ; is identity matrix; ; and is the Jacobian matrix of at .
Let be any point of the neighborhood of exact root of the nonlinear system . If Jacobian matrix is nonsingular, then Taylor’s series expansion for multivariate case is where , , and where is an identity matrix. From the above equation, we can find where , , , and so on. Here we denote the error at th iterate by ; that is, . Now the order of convergence of method (31) is confirmed by the following theorem.
Theorem 7. Let be sufficiently Frechet differentiable in a convex set containing a root of . Let us suppose that is continuous and nonsingular in and is close to . Then the sequence obtained by the iterative expression (31) converges to with order three.
Proof. From (32), (33), and (34), we have where , . Now from (37) and (35), we can obtain By virtue of (38), the first step of method (31) becomes Now the Taylor expansion for Jacobian matrix is given by Therefore The above equation implies where Now from (40) and (42), we have By using (44) and (38), it can be found that Finally, using (45) in the second step of (31), we see that the error expression can be expressed as which shows the theorem.
Similarly, method (29) for systems of nonlinear equations is given by The order of the convergence of this method is confirmed by the following theorem.
Theorem 8. Let be sufficiently Frechet differentiable in a convex set containing a root of . Let us suppose that is continuous and nonsingular in and is close to . Then the sequence obtained by the iterative expression (47) converges to with order four.
Proof. Multiplying (37) by (35), we get Substituting value of (48) in the first step of (47), we find By using (49), the Taylor expansion of Jacobian matrix can be written as From (37) and (50), it is obtained that The above equation implies that Now from (51) and (52), we have Again by virtue of (50) and (36), it can be written as which gives where Now from (55) and (50), we have Premultiplying (57) by (48), it can be easily obtained that Now by virtue of (53) and (58), it can be written as Finally using (59), in the second step of method (47) we get Thus the proof is completed.
4. Numerical Testing
4.1. Single Variable
We consider four test nonlinear functions given in Table 1 to illustrate the accuracy of the new proposed methods. The root of each nonlinear test function is also listed. All the computations reported here have been done using MATMEMATICA 8. Scientific computations in many branches of science and technology demand very high precision degree of numerical precision. We consider the number of decimal places as follows: 200 digits floating point (SetAccuraccy = 200) with SetAccuraccy command. The test nonlinear functions are listed in Table 1. Here we compare performances of our new third-order method (15) with the Newton method (NM), Weerakoon and Fernando method (WR3) (12), Homeier method (HM3) (13), and Chun and Kim method (CH3) (14) and our fourth-order methods (M4 I) (24) and (M4 II) (29) with the fourth-order methods (17) (SL4) of  and (6) (KH4) of . The results of comparison for the test functions for third- and fourth-order methods are given in Tables 2 and 3, respectively.