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Topic: pchip coefficients: what do they mean?
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Jim Rockford

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pchip coefficients: what do they mean?
Posted: Apr 4, 2013 1:54 AM
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I would like to be able to use the output coefficients from pchip to do various things, such as estimate the derivative at a point. This is easy enough to do with spline, since one knows that the coefficients correspond to a generic cubic polynomial in each subinterval. You can differentiate the cubic analytically and proceed, and it's clear what the coefficients mean.

However, I see absolutely nothing in the documentation indicating precisely what the "basis functions" are associated with the cubic Hermite interpolant. I suppose this is standard, but I wouldn't know it from the Matlab documentation. I know there are two references cited, but that's a bit much to go through in my opinion for such a simple piece of information, which I think should just be spelled out in a couple of lines in the help for pchip.

So, where can I find this information?


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