# Accumulator Error Feedback

### From Wikimization

function s_hat = csum(x) % CSUM Sum of elements using a compensated summation algorithm. % % For large vectors, the native sum command in Matlab does % not appear to use a compensated summation algorithm which % can cause significant roundoff errors. % % This Matlab code implements a variant of Kahan's compensated % summation algorithm which often takes about twice as long, % but produces more accurate sums when the number of % elements is large. -David Gleich % % Also see SUM. % % % Matlab csum() Example: % clear all % csumv=0; rsumv=0; % while csumv <= rsumv % v = randn(13e6,1); % rsumv = abs(sum(v) - sum(v(end:-1:1))); % disp(['rsumv = ' num2str(rsumv,'%18.16f')]); % [~, idx] = sort(abs(v),'descend'); % x = v(idx); % csumv = abs(csum(x) - csum(x(end:-1:1))); % disp(['csumv = ' num2str(csumv,'%18.16e')]); % end s_hat=0; e=0; for i=1:numel(x) s_hat_old = s_hat; y = x(i) + e; s_hat = s_hat_old + y; e = (s_hat_old - s_hat) + y; %calculate difference first (Higham) end return

### sorting

In practice, input sorting

[~, idx] = sort(abs(x),'descend'); x = x(idx);

should begin the `csum()` subroutine to achieve the most accurate summation.
That is not presented here because the commented Example (inspired by Higham) would then display false positive results.
Even in complete absence of sorting, `csum()` can be more accurate than conventional summation by orders of magnitude.

### links

Accuracy and Stability of Numerical Algorithms 2e, ch.4.3, Nicholas J. Higham, 2002

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