Faster Log Gamma Calculation

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We sometimes encounter the calculation of

If is small, there is a faster calculation. We use the property of Gamma function, .

Example code in Cython:

cdef extern from "math.h":
   double log (double x)
   double lgamma (double x)

cdef double gammaln_sum(np.ndarray[ftype_t, ndim=1] array1,
                        np.ndarray[ftype_t, ndim=1] array2):
    # (special.gammaln( alpha_s + n_s_temp ) - special.gammaln( alpha_s )).sum()
    cdef double value = 0.0
    cdef int i
    cdef int n = array1.shape[0] # length of array
    cdef int m

    for i in range(n):
        if array2[i] < 18:
            # low frequency words
            for m in range(int(array2[i])):
                value += log(array1[i] + m)
            value += lgamma(array1[i]) - lgamma(array2[i])

    return value

In C++:

double CstmCpp::calc_loglik_doc_second_term(int &doc_id, int &word_id, SparseVector<int> &n_k_doc){
  // compute_second_term_of_log_probability_document
  double alpha_k = calc_alpha_word_given_doc(doc_id, word_id);
  int n_k_w = n_k_doc.coeffRef(word_id); // get_word_count_in_doc()

  if(n_k_w > 18){
    return lgamma(alpha_k + n_k_w) - lgamma(alpha_k);
    double temp = 0.0;
    for(int i=0; i<n_k_w; i++){
      temp += log(alpha_k + i); 
    return temp;