Welcome to Rubi, A Rule-based Integrator

By systematically applying its extensive, coherent collection of symbolic integration rules, Rubi is able to find the optimal antiderivative of large classes of mathematical expressions. Also Rubi can show the rules and intermediate steps it uses to integrate an expression, making the system a great tool for both learning and doing mathematics.

The over 6700 rules Rubi uses are organized as a decision tree based on the form of the integrand. Click on Rules to view the mathematical formula and application conditions for each rule expressed in standard 2-D mathematical notation.

If the Mathematica computer algebra system is available on your computer, click on Install Rubi for instructions how to download and install the system. Then click on Using Rubi to learn how to integrate expressions and optionally show the steps required to do so.

An extensive test-suite of over 72,000 integration problems is used to test each new release of Rubi. Since it can also be used to test other symbolic integrators, the test-suite has been translated into the syntax of several popular computer algebra systems. Click on Test Problem to download the available translations of the test-suite. Click on Test Results to view the very illuminating results of running the test-suite on Rubi and on Mathematica’s and Maple’s built-in integrators.

Click on Vision to read a short, plain-language essay describing the numerous advantages of organizing mathematical knowledge as a rule-based decision tree like Rubi does. Finally, click on About to read about Rubi’s development and developers.

Comparison with other symbolic integrators

Rubi dramatically out-performs other symbolic integrators, including Maple and Mathematica, on a grueling test-suite of integration problems. Each problem consists of an integrand and its optimal antiderivative. For each problem the result produced by a system is given a grade as follows:

The following bar chart summarizes the grades recent versions of Rubi, Mathematica and Maple made on the integration test-suite:


Click on the Test Results menu option to see the detailed test results on which this bar chart is based.

Also, Nasser M. Abbasi has done extensive testing of the integration capabilities on these and several other computer algebra systems. Detailed test results are available at his Computer algebra independent integration tests website.

Articles referencing rule-based integration

Below are some of the articles and online posts written about Rubi in reverse chronological order:

If Rubi is used in your work and you want to cite it appropriately, please reference the article Rule-based integration: An extensive system of symbolic integration rules published in the Journal of Open Source Software. The following entry can be used for bibliographies created using BibTeX:

  title = {Rule-based integration: An extensive system of symbolic integration rules},
  author = {Albert Rich and Patrick Scheibe and Nasser Abbasi},
  doi = {10.21105/joss.01073},
  date  = {2018-12},
  publisher = {The Open Journal},
  volume = {3},
  number = {32},
  pages = {1073},
  journal = {Journal of Open Source Software}

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