2010 Volume 1 Issue 1 Pages 89-96
It is well known that it is an ill-posed problem to decide whether a function has a multiple root. For example, an arbitrarily small perturbation of a real polynomial may change a double real root into two distinct real or complex roots. In this paper we describe a computational method for the verified computation of a complex disc to contain exactly k roots of a univariate nonlinear function. The function may be given by some program. Computational results using INTLAB, the Matlab toolbox for reliable computing, demonstrate properties and limits of the method.