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First derivative of interpolated spline

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  • Subject: [mg25221] First derivative of interpolated spline
  • From: Juerg Tschirren <jtschirr at>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 02:21:53 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: University of Iowa
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I am interpolating a cubic spline through a list with pairs of real
numbers with the following command sequence:

  data = Import["data.dat", "Table"];
  spline = SplineFit[data, Cubic]
  ParametricPlot[spline[u], {u,0,301}, PlotRange->All, Compiled->False]

The file data.dat contains 300 numberpairs (real numbers), which results
data = {{0, 0}, {1, 55}, {2, 42}, {3, 52}, {4, 51}, ..., {300, 9}, {301,
0}}. The resulting plot looks like expected. Now I would like to
calculate the first derivative of the spline function and plot it. All
my attempts to do so failed (with the D and the Derivative function).
For example

ParametricPlot[D[spline[u],u], {u,0,301}, PlotRange->All,

results in messages like

  General::ivar: 0.0000125417 is not a valid variable.

     D[spline[u], u] does not evaluate to a pair of real numbers at u = 

What's wrong? Can anybody tell me how to do that?



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