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math::interpolate - Interpolation routines

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This package implements several interpolation algorithms:

This document describes the procedures and explains their usage.


The interpretation of the tables in the ::math::interpolate::interpolate-1d-table command has been changed to be compatible with the interpretation for 2D interpolation in the ::math::interpolate::interpolate-table command. As a consequence this version is incompatible with the previous versions of the command (1.0.x).


The interpolation package defines the following public procedures:

::math::interpolate::defineTable name colnames values

Define a table with one or two independent variables (the distinction is implicit in the data). The procedure returns the name of the table - this name is used whenever you want to interpolate the values. Note: this procedure is a convenient wrapper for the struct::matrix procedure. Therefore you can access the data at any location in your program.

string name (in)

Name of the table to be created

list colnames (in)

List of column names

list values (in)

List of values (the number of elements should be a multiple of the number of columns. See EXAMPLES for more information on the interpretation of the data.

The values must be sorted with respect to the independent variable(s).

::math::interpolate::interp-1d-table name xval

Interpolate into the one-dimensional table "name" and return a list of values, one for each dependent column.

string name (in)

Name of an existing table

float xval (in)

Value of the independent row variable

::math::interpolate::interp-table name xval yval

Interpolate into the two-dimensional table "name" and return the interpolated value.

string name (in)

Name of an existing table

float xval (in)

Value of the independent row variable

float yval (in)

Value of the independent column variable

::math::interpolate::interp-linear xyvalues xval

Interpolate linearly into the list of x,y pairs and return the interpolated value.

list xyvalues (in)

List of pairs of (x,y) values, sorted to increasing x. They are used as the breakpoints of a piecewise linear function.

float xval (in)

Value of the independent variable for which the value of y must be computed.

::math::interpolate::interp-lagrange xyvalues xval

Use the list of x,y pairs to construct the unique polynomial of lowest degree that passes through all points and return the interpolated value.

list xyvalues (in)

List of pairs of (x,y) values

float xval (in)

Value of the independent variable for which the value of y must be computed.

::math::interpolate::prepare-cubic-splines xcoord ycoord

Returns a list of coefficients for the second routine interp-cubic-splines to actually interpolate.

list xcoord

List of x-coordinates for the value of the function to be interpolated is known. The coordinates must be strictly ascending. At least three points are required.

list ycoord

List of y-coordinates (the values of the function at the given x-coordinates).

::math::interpolate::interp-cubic-splines coeffs x

Returns the interpolated value at coordinate x. The coefficients are computed by the procedure prepare-cubic-splines.

list coeffs

List of coefficients as returned by prepare-cubic-splines

float x

x-coordinate at which to estimate the function. Must be between the first and last x-coordinate for which values were given.

::math::interpolate::interp-spatial xyvalues coord

Use a straightforward interpolation method with weights as function of the inverse distance to interpolate in 2D and N-dimensional space

The list xyvalues is a list of lists:

    {   {x1 y1 z1 {v11 v12 v13 v14}}
        {x2 y2 z2 {v21 v22 v23 v24}}

The last element of each inner list is either a single number or a list in itself. In the latter case the return value is a list with the same number of elements.

The method is influenced by the search radius and the power of the inverse distance

list xyvalues (in)

List of lists, each sublist being a list of coordinates and of dependent values.

list coord (in)

List of coordinates for which the values must be calculated

::math::interpolate::interp-spatial-params max_search power

Set the parameters for spatial interpolation

float max_search (in)

Search radius (data points further than this are ignored)

integer power (in)

Power for the distance (either 1 or 2; defaults to 2)

::math::interpolate::neville xlist ylist x

Interpolates between the tabulated values of a function whose abscissae are xlist and whose ordinates are ylist to produce an estimate for the value of the function at x. The result is a two-element list; the first element is the function's estimated value, and the second is an estimate of the absolute error of the result. Neville's algorithm for polynomial interpolation is used. Note that a large table of values will use an interpolating polynomial of high degree, which is likely to result in numerical instabilities; one is better off using only a few tabulated values near the desired abscissa.


Example of using one-dimensional tables:

Suppose you have several tabulated functions of one variable:

    x     y1     y2
  0.0    0.0    0.0
  1.0    1.0    1.0
  2.0    4.0    8.0
  3.0    9.0   27.0
  4.0   16.0   64.0

Then to estimate the values at 0.5, 1.5, 2.5 and 3.5, you can use:

   set table [::math::interpolate::defineTable table1  {x y1 y2} {   -      1      2
                   0.0    0.0    0.0
                   1.0    1.0    1.0
                   2.0    4.0    8.0
                   3.0    9.0   27.0
                   4.0   16.0   64.0}]
   foreach x {0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5} {
       puts "$x: [::math::interpolate::interp-1d-table $table $x]"

For one-dimensional tables the first row is not used. For two-dimensional tables, the first row represents the values for the second independent variable.

Example of using the cubic splines:

Suppose the following values are given:

    x       y
  0.1     1.0
  0.3     2.1
  0.4     2.2
  0.8     4.11
  1.0     4.12

Then to estimate the values at 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, ... 1.0, you can use:

   set coeffs [::math::interpolate::prepare-cubic-splines  {0.1 0.3 0.4 0.8  1.0}  {1.0 2.1 2.2 4.11 4.12}]
   foreach x {0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1.0} {
      puts "$x: [::math::interpolate::interp-cubic-splines $coeffs $x]"

to get the following output:

0.1: 1.0
0.2: 1.68044117647
0.3: 2.1
0.4: 2.2
0.5: 3.11221507353
0.6: 4.25242647059
0.7: 5.41804227941
0.8: 4.11
0.9: 3.95675857843
1.0: 4.12

As you can see, the values at the abscissae are reproduced perfectly.

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interpolation, math, spatial interpolation