**Public Function Spence( _
ByVal vX As Variant _
) As Variant**

**Compute a form of Spence's integral due to K. Mitchell. **

**Examples:** Spence(-5.0) = -2.74927912606081
Spence(-0.5) = -0.448414206923646
Spence(+0.0) = 0
Spence(+0.5) = 0.582240526465013
Spence(+1.0) = 1.64493406684823
Spence(+5.0) = 1.78371916126664

**See also:** DSPENC Function

**vX:** Function returns Null if vX is Null or cannot be fixed up to a Double precision floating point number. Spence(X) calculates the double precision Spence's integral for double precision argument X. Spence's function defined by

integral from 0 to X of -LOG(1-Y)/Y DY.

For ABS(X) .LE. 1, the uniformly convergent expansion Spence = sum K=1,infinity X**K / K**2

is valid.

This is a form of Spence's integral due to K. Mitchell which differs from the definition in the NBS Handbook of Mathematical Functions.

Spence's function can be used to evaluate much more general integral forms. For example, integral from 0 to Z of LOG(A*X+B)/(C*X+D) DX =
LOG(ABS(B-A*D/C))*LOG(ABS(A*(C*X+D)/(A*D-B*C)))/C - Spence(A*(C*Z+D)/(A*D-B*C)) / C

**References:** K. Mitchell, Philosophical Magazine, 40, p.351 (1949).
Stegun and Abromowitz, AMS 55, p.1004.

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