# Tagged Questions

Questions on interpolation, the estimation of the value of a function from given input, based on the values of the function at known points.

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### What is the difference between natural cubic spline, Hermite spline, Bézier spline and B-spline?

I am reading a book about computer graphics. It is confusing about the various splines and their algorithms. What is the difference between natural cubic spline, Hermite spline, Bézier spline and B-...
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### Newton's Interpolation Formula: Difference between the forward and the backward formula

I was taught that the forward formula should be used when calculating the value of a point near $x_0$ and the backward one when calculating near $x_n$. However, the interpolation polynomial is unique, ...
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### Are there smooth analogs to polynomial splines

Is possible to construct infinitely differentiable functions that interpolate through arbitrary points, the way polynomial splines do? If so, do they have a name and is there an algorithm for ...
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### Negative value of $\sqrt[3]{20}$

Given $f(x)=\sqrt[3] x$, find an approximation of $\sqrt[3]{20}$ using Lagrange interpolation method. $x_0=0$, $x_1=1$, $x_2=8$, $x_3=27$ and $x_4=64$ $f(x_0)=0$, $f(x_1)=1$, $f(x_2)=2$, $f(x_3)=3$...
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### Where did the idea of hermite interpolation came from?

I am given the Hermite interpolation formula directly in my text book without ANY explanations about how it was first made (obviously it was somehow constructed for the first time with some sort of ...
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### Why is Lagrange interpolation numerically unstable?

Here is my understanding of the polynomial interpolation problem: Interpolating by inverting the Vandermonde matrix is unstable because the Vandermonde matrix is ill-conditioned, so "difficult" to ...
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### How to calculate interpolating splines in 3D space?

I'm trying to model a smooth path between several control points in three dimensions, the problem is that there doesn't appear to be an explanation on how to use splines to achieve this. Are splines a ...
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### Spline interpolation versus polynomial interpolation

What is the difference, if any, between spline interpolation and piecewise polynomial interpolation?
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### Symmetry Of Differentiation Matrix

I have a problem computing numerically the eigenvalues of Laplace-Beltrami operator. I use meshfree Radial Basis Functions (RBF) approach to construct differentiation matrix $D$. Testing my code on ...
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### Why is $L^{1} \cap L^{\infty}$ dense is in $L^{p}$?

It is mentionned that using the interpolation inequality $$\Vert f \Vert_{p} \leq \Vert f \Vert^{1/p}_{1} \Vert f \Vert_{\infty}^{1-1/p}$$ one can deduce that the space $L^{1} \cap L^{\infty}$ is ...
### Hermite Interpolation of $e^x$. Strange behaviour when increasing the number of derivatives at interpolating points.
I am trying to understand Hermite Interpolation. Here is my pedagogical example. I want to approximate $f(x)=e^x$ on the domain $[-1,1]$ using Hermite interpolation. I choose the Chebyshev zeros ...
### Interpolating $G(1)=\sum_{a=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{a^{a}}$, $G(2) = \sum_{a=1}^{\infty} \sum_{b=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{(ab)^{ab}}$ on $\mathbb{C}$
Given that: $$G(1) =\sum_{a=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{a^{a}}$$ (this is just the Sophomore's dream series, but the rest are not)  G(2) = \sum_{a=1}^{\infty} \sum_{b=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{(ab)^{ab}} ...