Math::GSL - Perl interface to the GNU Scientific Library (GSL)


Version 0.18


    use Math::GSL::Matrix;
    my $matrix = Math::GSL::Matrix->new(5,5);   # 5x5 zero matrix
    # note that columns and rows are zero-based
    $matrix->set_col(0, [1..5])                 # set *first* column to 1,2,3,4,5
           ->set_row(2, [5..9]);                # set *third* column to 5,6,7,8,9   
    my @matrix = $matrix->as_list;              # matrix as Perl list
    my $gsl_matrix = $matrix->raw;              # underlying GSL object

    use Math::GSL::RNG;
    my $rng = Math::GSL::RNG->new;
    my @random_numbers = map { $rng->get } (1 .. 1000);

    use Math::GSL::Deriv qw/:all/;
    my $function = sub { my $x=shift; sin($x**2) };
    my ($status,$val,$err) = gsl_deriv_central($function, 5, 0.01 );

Each GSL subsystem has it's own module. For example, the random number generator subsystem is Math::GSL::RNG. Many subsystems have a more Perlish and object-oriented frontend which can be used, as the above example shows. The raw GSL object is useful for using the low-level GSL functions, which in the case of the Matrix subsytem, would be of the form gsl_matrix_* . Each module has further documentation about the low-level C functions as well as using the more intuitive (but slightly slower) object-oriented interface.


    Math::GSL::BLAS             - Linear Algebra Functions
    Math::GSL::BSpline          - BSplines
    Math::GSL::CBLAS            - Linear Algebra Functions
    Math::GSL::CDF              - Cumulative Distribution Functions
    Math::GSL::Chebyshev        - Chebyshev Polynomials
    Math::GSL::Combination      - Combinatoric Functions
    Math::GSL::Complex          - Complex Numbers
    Math::GSL::Const            - Various Constants
    Math::GSL::DHT              - Discrete Hilbert Transform
    Math::GSL::Deriv            - Numerical Derivative
    Math::GSL::Eigen            - Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
    Math::GSL::Errno            - Error Handling
    Math::GSL::FFT              - Fast Fourier Transform
    Math::GSL::Fit              - Curve Fitting
    Math::GSL::Heapsort         - Sorting Heaps
    Math::GSL::Histogram        - Histograms
    Math::GSL::Histogram2D      - 2D Histograms
    Math::GSL::Integration      - Numerical Integration
    Math::GSL::Interp           - Interpolation
    Math::GSL::Linalg           - Linear Algebra
    Math::GSL::Machine          - Machine Specific Information
    Math::GSL::Matrix           - NxM Matrices
    Math::GSL::Min              - Minimization
    Math::GSL::Monte            - Monte Carlo Integrations
    Math::GSL::Multifit         - Multivariable Fitting
    Math::GSL::Multimin         - Multivariable Minimization
    Math::GSL::Multiroots       - Muiltvariable Root Finding
    Math::GSL::NTuple           - N Tuples
    Math::GSL::ODEIV            - Ordinary Differential Equation Solvers (Initial Value Problems)
    Math::GSL::Permutation      - Permutations
    Math::GSL::Poly             - Polynmials
    Math::GSL::PowInt           - Integer Power Functions
    Math::GSL::QRNG             - Quasi-Random Number Generators
    Math::GSL::RNG              - Random Number Generators
    Math::GSL::Randist          - Random Number Distributions
    Math::GSL::Roots            - Root Finding Algorithms
    Math::GSL::SF               - Special Functions
    Math::GSL::Siman            - Simulated Annealing
    Math::GSL::Sort             - Sorting
    Math::GSL::Spline           - Splines
    Math::GSL::Statistics       - Statistics Functions
    Math::GSL::Sum              - Summation
    Math::GSL::Sys              - Sytem utility functions
    Math::GSL::Vector           - N-dimensional Vectors
    Math::GSL::Wavelet          - Basic Wavelets
    Math::GSL::Wavelet2D        - 2D Wavelets


Jonathan Leto, <> and Thierry Moisan <>


This software is still in active development, we appreciate your detailed bug reports and documentation patches. Please report any bugs or feature requests to the authors directly.


You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc Math::GSL

or online at


If you would like the help develop Math::GSL, email the authors and do

    git clone 
    cd Math-GSL
    git checkout -b bleed   # create new local branch
    git pull origin bleed   # pull in remote bleed

to get the latest source, which is a two-headed beast with branches master and bleed. The master branch is our stable branch, which is periodically sync-ed with bleed. To view the latest source code online, go to The latest version of Git can be found at


Thanks to, The Perl Foundation and everyone at Google who makes the Summer of Code happen each year. You rock.


This Perl module is dedicated in memory of Nick Ing-Simmons.


Copyright 2008 Jonathan Leto, Thierry Moisan all rights reserved.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.