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Re: Fitting data with Splines

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  • Subject: [mg3293] Re: Fitting data with Splines
  • From: withoff (David Withoff)
  • Date: Sat, 24 Feb 1996 03:20:18 -0500
  • Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc.
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In article <4fpdra$f9r at> aak at (Ant Man)  
> Hi all
> I have some data which I fit using the SplineFit function. 
> I worked through the examplke given in the "Guide to Standard 
> Mathematica Packages" on page 357 and everything works fine. 
> Now say one has the function
> spline = SplineFit[your points, Cubic]
> and then 
> spline[some point on curve]
> gives the x and y coordinates for this point on the spline curve.
> Is there some way in which one can just specify the x value so that
> the y value is returned?
> Thanks
> Antonie Kotze

The SplineFit function does cubic splines separately for the x and y
coordinates in terms of a parameter.  You could in theory eliminate the
parameter to get y in terms of x, but this is not the intended use of
SplineFit, and for about half a dozen reasons (it's difficult, the result
wouldn't be a spline, the result wouldn't in general be single valued,
and so forth) this is almost certainly not what you want to do.

Probably what you want to do is to fit a single cubic spline to your
data, rather than separate cubic splines to y and x.  You can find
a description of how to do that in books on interpolation or numerical
analysis, and there is at least one package on MathSource that includes
a short program to do it.  Search for "spline" on MathSource and
you should find the relevant items.

Dave Withoff
Research and Development
Wolfram Research


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