Math::Spline(3) Cubic Spline Interpolation of data


use Math::Spline;
$spline = Math::Spline->new(\@x,\@y)
use Math::Spline qw(spline linsearch binsearch);
use Math::Derivative qw(Derivative2);


This package provides cubic spline interpolation of numeric data. The data is passed as references to two arrays containing the x and y ordinates. It may be used as an exporter of the numerical functions or, more easily as a class module.

The Math::Spline class constructor new takes references to the arrays of x and y ordinates of the data. An interpolation is performed using the evaluate method, which, when given an x ordinate returns the interpolate y ordinate at that value.

The spline function takes as arguments references to the x and y ordinate array, a reference to the 2nd derivatives (calculated using Derivative2, the low index of the interval in which to interpolate and the x ordinate in that interval. Returned is the interpolated y ordinate. Two functions are provided to look up the appropriate index in the array of x data. For random calls binsearch can be used - give a reference to the x ordinates and the x loopup value it returns the low index of the interval in the data in which the value lies. Where the lookups are strictly in ascending sequence (e.g. if interpolating to produce a higher resolution data set to draw a curve) the linsearch function may more efficiently be used. It performs like binsearch, but requires a third argument being the previous index value, which is incremented if necessary.


requires Math::Derivative module


    require Math::Spline;
    my @x=(1,3,8,10);
    my @y=(1,2,3,4);                                                
    $spline = Math::Spline->new(\@x,\@y);
    print $spline->evaluate(5)."\n";

produces the output



$Log:,v $ Revision 1.1 1995/12/26 17:28:17 willijar Initial revision


Bug reports or constructive comments are welcome.


John A.R. Williams <[email protected]>