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A Practical Guide to Splines


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Preface * Notation * Table of Contents * I Polynomial Interpolation * II Limitations of Polynomial Approximation * III Piecewise Linear Approximation * IV Piecewise Cubic Interpolation; CUBSPL * V Best Approximation Properties of Complete Cubic Spline Interpolation and its Error * VI Parabolic Spline Interpolation * VII A Representation for Piecewise Polynomial Functions; PPVALU, INTERV * VIII The Spaces PkE,v and the Truncated Power Basis * IX The Representation of PP Functions by B-splines * X The Stable Evaluation of B-splines and Splines; BSPLVB, BVALUE, BSPLPP * XI The B-Spline Series * XII Local Spline Approximation Methods and the Distance from Splines; NEWNOT * XIII Spline Interpolation; SPLINT, SPLOPT * XIV Smoothing and Least-Square Approximation; SMOOTH, L2APPR * XV The Numerical Solution of an Ordinary Differential Equation by Collocation; BSPLVD, COLLOC * Taut Splines, Periodic Splines, Cardinal Splines and the Approximation of Curves; TAUTSP * XVII Surface Approximation by Tensor Products * Postscript on Things not Covered * Appendix. Listing of SOLVEBLOK Package * List of Fortran Programs * Bibliography * Subject Index


From the reviews of the first edition:


"This book is intended as a thorough presentation of those items from the theory and application of spline functions which are in a state that permits them to be offered to a prospective user under the title the author has chosen for his present publication. At several places even the expert, however, will find things elucidated in a way new to him. There are some fifty FORTRAN (sub) programs throughout the book together with an abundance of worked-out examples and many helpful comments (also in the case of pitfalls in computation) which reflect the author's ample experience in calculating with splines."

"This book is a classic reference in spline theory. It will be of great benefit to students as an introduction to the subject as well as to experts in the field." (Gerlind Plonka-Hoch, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2003 f)

"This book is a classical one with respect to calculating polynomial splines. ... The author is an outstanding spline expert. Thus the book ought to belong to every university library and to anyone interested in spline theory and applications." (Helmuth Spath, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 987 (12), 2002)

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