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# Remez tutorial 5/5: additional tips

This part of the tutorial is constantly updated. Check its history to know what is new.

## When not to use Remez?

There are cases when you should expect the Remez algorithm to potentially perform badly:

- when the function is not continuous (for instance, a step function)
- when the function is not differentiable (for instance, the
*x+abs(x)*function) - sometimes when the function is not smooth
- sometimes even when the function is not analytic

There are cases where you should not try to use the Remez algorithm at all:

- when the range is not finite,
*eg.*[0,+∞] - when the function to approximate has an infinite derivative at a point contained in or near the approximation range,
*eg.**sqrt(x)*or*cbrt(x)*in 0

## What if I want to use Remez anyway?

If you need to approximate a function *f(x)* over [a,+∞] and for some reason you want to use the Remez exchange algorithm, you can still through a change of variable: *y = 1/x*. The function to approximate becomes *f(1/y)* and the new range is [0,1/a] (see “changing variables” for how to deal with *1/x* in 0. Your minimax polynomial will use *1/x* as its variable; please be aware that computing *1/x* at runtime may be expensive.

## Conclusion

Please report any trouble you may have had with this document to sam@hocevar.net. You may then return to the Remez documentation.