Essentially this is the problem:

$\hat{F}(\omega) = \int_0^{\infty} f(s)e^{-i\omega s}ds$

The function $f$ is in general complex valued. I know this looks like the fourier transform but I don't want to view it that way. So in my implementation $f(s)$ and $\omega$ are going to be numpy vectors representing the sampled values of the true function or range. For my purposes I want to evaluate the integral for

omega = np.linspace(-30,30,0.1)

i.e. $-30\le\omega \le30$ with spacing of $0.1$

Can someone suggest a python implementation for this? I have done some quick research and some sources suggest using 'Gauss Laguerre' integration routine. I'm not sure why, but if someone could motivate this I would be grateful.


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Even if you don't want to interpret the results as a Fourier transform, can't you make use of the builtin FT routines in numpy as an efficient way to evaluate the integral?

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your comment. For this case yes, but in the general case the exponent may be different to what the FT dictates. $\endgroup$
    – Dipole
    Commented May 29, 2014 at 15:58
  • $\begingroup$ Well, what would that exponent be then? The way you phrase the question means that your computing a Fourier transform, and there are very efficient ways to do that. If you want something else, it would be useful to state what "something else" is in your question. $\endgroup$ Commented May 30, 2014 at 2:02

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