**norm_l1**,
a MATLAB code which
interactively estimates the L1 norm of a function:

||f(x)||_1 = integral ( a <= x <= b ) |f(x)| dx

The user enters a formula for f(x), and the values of a and b.

The program uses the MATLAB function `integral()` to
numerically estimate the integral.

The program can be invoked by a function call, in which case the string specifying f(x) must be quoted:

value = norm_l1 ( 'x^2', -1, 3 )or, if called with no arguments, it will request them:

value = norm_l1 ( ); Enter function formula, like x^2: x^2 Enter left limit, a: -1 Enter right limit, b: 3

The function is specified as a string which is either:

- a MATLAB expression using the argument 'x';
- the name of an M-file followed by the argument '(x)'.

The string should not contain any spaces between symbols, except when it is passed as a function argument in quotes.

It is not necessary to use the "dot" notation for expressions involving '*', '/', or '^', but it doesn't hurt either.

Examples of function specifications:

x^2 x.^2 3/(x^4+5*x-6) sin(7*x)*sqrt(x)/8 wiggle(x) <-- where "wiggle.m" is a user-provided M file.

The computer code and data files made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.

**norm_l1** is available in
a MATLAB version.

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- norm_l1.m the source code.