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pchip

Piecewise Cubic Hermite Interpolating Polynomial (PCHIP)

Syntax

yi = pchip(x,y,xi)
pp = pchip(x,y)

Description

yi = pchip(x,y,xi) returns vector yi containing elements corresponding to the elements of xi and determined by piecewise cubic interpolation within vectors x and y. The vector x specifies the points at which the data y is given. If y is a matrix, then the interpolation is performed for each column of y and yi is length(xi)-by-size(y,2).

pp = pchip(x,y) returns a piecewise polynomial structure for use by ppval. x can be a row or column vector. y is a row or column vector of the same length as x, or a matrix with length(x) columns.

pchip finds values of an underlying interpolating function at intermediate points, such that:

  • On each subinterval , is the cubic Hermite interpolant to the given values and certain slopes at the two endpoints.

  • interpolates y, i.e., , and the first derivative is continuous. is probably not continuous; there may be jumps at the .

  • The slopes at the are chosen in such a way that preserves the shape of the data and respects monotonicity. This means that, on intervals where the data are monotonic, so is ; at points where the data has a local extremum, so does .

    Note   If y is a matrix, satisfies the above for each column of y.

Examples

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Data Interpolation Using spline and pchip

x = -3:3;
y = [-1 -1 -1 0 1 1 1];
t = -3:.01:3;
p = pchip(x,y,t);
s = spline(x,y,t);
plot(x,y,'o',t,p,'-',t,s,'-.')
legend('data','pchip','spline',4)

More About

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Tips

spline constructs in almost the same way pchip constructs . However, spline chooses the slopes at the differently, namely to make even continuous. This has the following effects:

  • spline produces a smoother result, i.e. is continuous.

  • spline produces a more accurate result if the data consists of values of a smooth function.

  • pchip has no overshoots and less oscillation if the data are not smooth.

  • pchip is less expensive to set up.

  • The two are equally expensive to evaluate.

References

[1] Fritsch, F. N. and R. E. Carlson, "Monotone Piecewise Cubic Interpolation," SIAM J. Numerical Analysis, Vol. 17, 1980, pp.238-246.

[2] Kahaner, David, Cleve Moler, Stephen Nash, Numerical Methods and Software, Prentice Hall, 1988.

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