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Calculus and InterpolatingFunction

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  • Subject: [mg121586] Calculus and InterpolatingFunction
  • From: Just A Stranger <forpeopleidontknow at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2011 05:33:18 -0400 (EDT)
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I'm trying to get a definite integral for an InterpolatingFunction. It works
if it is the function by itself, but not for some reason arithmetically
combining the InterpolatingFunction with another function makes it not
return a value. e.g.


In[1]:=
data = RandomReal[#]*2 & /@ Range[1, 10];
f = Interpolation[data];

>  Integrate[f[x], {x, 1, 10}]
Out[1]:=40.098

So far so good. But just a little bit of arithmetic in the integral and it
doesn't work anymore:
In[2]:=
Integrate[f[x]+1, {x, 1, 10}]
Out[2]:=
Integrate[Plus[1, InterpolatingFunction[][x]], List[x, 1, 10]]

(That last answer was actually the output with  //FullForm applied)
Why won't it give me a numerical evaluation? Is there anyway to make a
continuous function from data that will seemlessly work with Integrate? I'm
thinking of constructing a piecwise function using Fit, Piecwise, and a
Table for the arguments to Piecewise. But I would think  Interpolation might
have worked and been easier. I want to figure out if I am I doing something
wrong with Interpolation before I start trying to tackle a slightly more
complicated piecewise defined function ?



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