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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Generalization of $\frac{x^n - y^n}{x - y} = x^{n - 1} + yx^{n - 2} + \ldots + y^{n - 1}$

I thought about a generalization for the formula $$\frac{x^n - y^n}{x - y} = x^{n - 1} + yx^{n - 2} + \ldots + y^{n - 1}$$ It can be written as $$\frac{x^n - y^n}{x - y} = x^{n - 1} + yx^{n - 2} + \...
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Polynomial fitting where polynomial must be monotonically increasing

Given a set of monotonically increasing data points (in 2D), I want to fit a polynomial to the data which is monotonically increasing over the domain of the data. If the highest x value is 100, I don'...
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For a fixed degree, is there always a Lagrange polynomial below the original function?

Let $x_1<x_2< \ldots <x_n$ be $n$ real numbers, and let $y_1,y_2,\ldots,y_n$ be real values to be interpolated. Let $r\leq n$. For any $I\subseteq \lbrace 1,2,\ldots,n\rbrace$ of cardinality ...
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General method to “naturally interpolate” to a complex map?

Given a region of the complex plane and a map $z \to f(z)$, is there a general way to "naturally interpolate" the point $z$ to $f(z)$ in such a way that the movement follows a "natural" smooth path ...
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Interpolating the primorial $p_{n}\#$

The primorial $p_{n}\#$ is given by the product $p_n\# = \prod_{k=1}^n p_k$ (where $p_{k}$ is the $k$th prime) -- is there a natural (a la the gamma function $\Gamma(z)$) way of interpolating it for ...
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What is the pattern to this sequence?

$$0, 1, 3, 13, 51, 205$$ More specifically, $$(0,0)\quad(1,1)\quad (2,3)\quad (3,13) \quad(4,51)\quad (5,205)$$ I have tried using the interpolation feature in Grapher.app and Wolfram Alpha, but ...
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Is it possible to have a rule which generates: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, -23?

This is on Lagrange Interpolations . . . Is it possible to have a rule which generates the sequence: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, -23? The hint that he gave us is to use Summation Products, the only ...
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A Curious Binomial Sum Identity without Calculus of Finite Differences

Let $f$ be a polynomial of degree $m$ in $t$. The following curious identity holds for $n \geq m$, \begin{align} \binom{t}{n+1} \sum_{j = 0}^{n} (-1)^{j} \binom{n}{j} \frac{f(j)}{t - j} = (-1)^{n} \...
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What is the math used in Excel's GROWTH function?

I am trying to implement Microsoft Excel's GROWTH function in JavaScript. This function calculates predicted exponential growth by using existing data. What makes it tricky is that it must work with ...
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Accurate floating-point linear interpolation

I want to perform a simple linear interpolation between $A$ and $B$ (which are binary floating-point values) using floating-point math with IEEE-754 round-to-nearest-or-even rounding rules, as ...
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What is the maximum overshoot of interpolating splines in $d$ dimensions?

Consider cubic splines $s( x, y )$ which interpolate values $y = \{ y_0, y_1, \dots,y_n \}$, on the uniform grid $\{ 0, 1,\dots, n \}$. Fix $s''(0) = s''(n) = 0$ (natural splines). How big can $$\...
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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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Transform polygons into one another?

I am aware that there must be no standard way to achieve this, but I don't know what has been done so far. I feel like I'm missing keywords to investigate further. I have any two 2D polygons $a$ and $...
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Hardy–Littlewood-Sobolev inequality without Marcinkiewicz interpolation?

Here is the statement of the Hardy–Littlewood–Sobolev theorem. Let $0< \alpha< n$, $1 < p < q < \infty$ and $\frac{1}{q}=\frac{1}{p}-\frac{\alpha}{n}$. Then: $$ \left \| \int_{\mathbb{...
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Is there a generalization of the Lagrange polynomial to 3D?

What is a way to construct a smooth polynomial surface ($\mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$) with Lagrange-polynomial properties in every partial derivative? I want to try this for image ...
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Modified Hermite interpolation

I asked similar questions here and here, but I tried to formulate this one in a sharper way. Is anyone aware of some literature on polynomial interpolation where we sample the function and its ...
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Radial Basis Functions Interpolation

$ \let\oldcdot\cdot \renewcommand{\cdot}{\!\oldcdot\!} \newcommand{\e}{\varepsilon} \renewcommand{\p}{\varphi} \renewcommand{\p}{\varphi} \renewcommand{\vp}{\vec{\boldsymbol\p}(x)} \newcommand{\P}{\...
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Could $4+2+4+2+4+2+\cdots = -1 $?

In physics classes, on this StackExchange and even in blogs the sum $1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + \cdots = - \frac{1}{12} $ has been under the microscope. Why does $1+2+3+\dots = {-1\over 12}$? The Euler-...
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Proof of Schur's test via Young's inequality

I am able to prove the following generalization of Schur's test using the Riesz-Thorin interpolation theorem, however I have been stuck for days now trying to prove it using Young's inequality: Let ...
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Lyapunov's Inequality for Weak-Lp Spaces

Let $(X,\mu)$ be a measure space. Suppose that $0 < p_{0} < p < p_{1} < \infty$ and $\frac{1}{p} = \frac{1-\theta}{p_{0}} + \frac{\theta}{p_{1}}$ for some $\theta \in (0,1)$. If $f \in L^{...
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Cauchy Integral Formula for Matrices

How do I evaluate the Cauchy Integral Formula $f(A)=\frac{1}{2\pi i}\int\limits_Cf(z)(zI-A)^{-1}dz$ for a matrix $A=\left(\begin{array}{ccc}2&2&-5\\3&7&-15\\1&2&-4\end{array}\...
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Interpolation inequality on Holder space

Let $0< \beta < \gamma <1$. Show that the interpolation inequality holds. $$||U||_{C^{0,\gamma}(U)} \le ||U||^{\frac{1-\gamma}{1-\beta}}_{C^{0,\beta}(U)} ||U||^{\frac{\gamma-\beta}{1-\beta}}...
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Is there a name for these polynomials?

Given $t \in \mathbb{R}[0,1]$, consider the following set of polynomials: $$ \left[-{\left(t - 1\right)}^{2} t, {\left(t - 1\right)} {\left(t^{2} - t - 1\right)}, -{\left(t^{2} - t - 1\right)}...
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estimating a particular analytic function on a bounded sector.

Let $f(z)$ be an analytic function on $C^+=\{\Re z>0\}$, and we have the following (weaker) estimates $$ |f(re^{i\theta},a)|\leq C (r\cos\theta)^{-n}, ~~~r>0,-\frac{\pi}{2}<\theta<\frac{\...
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How to understand and create quaternions?

I have to multiply two quaternions to calculate a so called spherical linear interpolation between two $R^3$ coordinate systems within the interval $t = [0, 1]$. I understand how to do the ...
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Runge's phenomen: interpolation error using Chebyshev nodes oscillates

We're trying to approximate the Runge function $f(x) = \dfrac{1}{1+25x^2}$ using Chebyshev nodes. When calculating the interpolation error, using different degrees ranging from 0 to 50, we get the ...
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Spatial Interpolation for Irregular Grid

How would I interpolate to a point P if I have four points around it such that: Q1 = (x1,y1), Q2 = (x2,y2), Q3 = (x3,y3), Q4 = (x4,y4) If the coordinates formed a regular 2D grid I would use a ...
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$f(x)=1/(1+x^2)$. Lagrange polynomials do not always converge. why?

Let $f(x) = \frac{1}{1+x^2}$. Error of Interpolation with Lagrange polynomials for $n+1$ points is given by $$ e(x)=f(x)-P_n(x)=\frac{f^{(n+1)}(\eta_x)}{(n+1)!}\prod_{i=0}^n (x-x_i) $$ Carl Runge ...
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Determining Coefficients of a Finite Degree Polynomial $f$ from the Sequence $\{f(k)\}_{k \in \mathbb{N}}$

Suppose $f$ is an unknown polynomial of degree $n$ (in one indeterminate) but the sequence $\{ f(k) \}_{k \in \mathbb{N}}$ is given. It is a nice exercise to show that one needs only the first $n+1$ ...
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Natural cubic splines vs. Piecewise Hermite Splines

Recently, I was reading about a "Natural Piecewise Hermite Spline" in Game Programming Gems 5 (under the Spline-Based Time Control for Animation). This particular spline is used for generating a C2 ...
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Implementation of Monotone Cubic Interpolation

I'm in need to implement Monotone Cubic Interpolation for interpolate a sequence of points. The information I have about the points are x,y and timestamp. I'm much more an IT guy rather than a ...
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Find a smooth function with prescribed moments

In several contexts I’ve encountered variants of the following problem : let $m_0,m_1,m_2$ be real numbers such that $0 < m_1 < m_0$ and $\frac{m_1^2}{m_0} <m_2 < m_1$. Then, show that ...
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Remainder term of Lagrange Interpolation Polynomial

Suppose $x_0,x_1,\ldots,x_n$ are $n+1$ distinct numbers in the interval $[a,b]$ and $f\in C^{n+1}[a,b]$. Then for each $x$ in $[a,b]$, there is a number $\xi$ in $(a,b)$ such that $$f(x) = P(x) + \...
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Polynomials with specified ranges in intervals

Say I have two finite intervals $[a,b],[c,d]\subsetneq\Bbb R$ where $a<b<c-1<c<d$ and $b-a=d-c=s<1$. I want to find a polynomial $f \in \Bbb R[x]$ such that $$\forall x\in[a,b],\mbox{ }...
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Interpolating point on a quad [closed]

I have a quad defined by four arbitrary points, A, B, C and D all on the same plane. I then have a known point on that quad, P. I want to find the value of 's' as shown in the diagram above, where ...
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Deriving an equation that satisfies many points

Say I have a collection of points, for example the following: (1, 167), (2, 11), (3, 255), etc Is it possible to construct an equation that satisfies all of them?...
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Why do we choose cubic polynomials when we make a spline?

Good morning, I want to learn more about cubic splines but unfortunately my class goes pretty quickly and we really only get the high level overview of why they're important and why they work. To me ...
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Profinite and p-adic interpolation of Fibonacci numbers

On the topic of profinite integers $\hat{\bf Z}$ and Fibonacci numbers $F_n$, Lenstra says (here & here) For each profinite integer $s$, one can in a natural way define the $s$th Fibonacci ...
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What are some “natural” interpolations of the sequence $\small 0,1,1+2a,1+2a+3a^2,1+2a+3a^2+4a^3,\ldots $?

(This is a spin-off of a recent question here) In fiddling with the answer to that question I came to the set of sequences $\qquad \small \begin{array} {llll} A(1)=1,A(2)=1+2a,A(3)=1+2a+3a^2,A(4)...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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}} ...