Re: Fitting data with Splines

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• Subject: [mg3293] Re: Fitting data with Splines
• From: withoff (David Withoff)
• Date: Sun, 25 Feb 1996 03:18:00 -0500
• Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc.
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```In article <4fpdra\$f9r at dragonfly.wolfram.com> aak at rmb.co.za (Ant Man)
writes:
> 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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