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Using fairly simple language, what is Hermite data? I encountered it here, and could not get an answer on standard StackExchange, who 'referred' me to here.

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Hermite data is the value of a function and all its derivatives up to some order at all points of a data set. It is used in Hermite interpolation.

If you do not supply all the derivatives for all points, then you have Birkhoff data, also called Hermite–Birkhoff, which of course is used in Birkhoff interpolation.

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Thanks!${}{}{}{}$ – t.b. Jun 28 '11 at 21:00
"derivatives up to some order" ... for us stupid people .. what does that mean? – Wardy Oct 27 '14 at 9:09
It means that you store the value at some point, but also how this value changes at that point, and how this change of value changes etc – MHGameWork Jul 9 at 11:13

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