Cubic Splines

A simple package for interpolating 1D data with Akima cubic splines, based on "A New Method of Interpolation and Smooth Curve Fitting Based on Local Parameters", Akima, 1970.

Works for both uniformly and non-uniformly spaced data points.

Example usage


using PyPlot
using CubicSplines

# spline some sinusoidal data with randomness in the x coordinates
xdata = range(0,stop=4pi,length=20) .+ 0.5rand(20)
ydata = sin.(xdata)
plot(xdata, ydata, "o")

spline = CubicSpline(xdata, ydata)

xs = range(xdata[1], stop=xdata[end], length=1000)
ys = spline[xs]
plot(xs, ys)

Example sinusoid


By default, you will receive an error if you attempt to sample outside of the xdata range.

spline = CubicSpline(xdata, ydata)
# will throw errors:
spline[minimum(xdata) - 0.001]
spline[maximum(xdata) + 0.001]

If you want to extrapolate outside of the data range, you can specify the polynomials to use for this extrapolation (one for each end of the spline). The left-hand side polynomial coefficients are given as keyword argument extrapl, the right-hand side coefficients as extrapr (assuming a x-axis where -Inf is on the left and +Inf on the right). For example, if extrapl is given, then the left of the spline will be extrapolated as

extrapl = [p1, p2, p3, ..., pn]
y = p0 + p1*(x-xdata[1]) + p2*(x-xdata[1])^2 + p3*(x-xdata[1])^3 + ... + pn*(x-xdata[1])^n

For example, we can extrapolate from a spline with straight lines of a specified slope as follows:

using PyPlot
using CubicSplines

# spline some sinusoidal data
xdata = range(0,stop=2π,length=20)
ydata = sin.(xdata)
plot(xdata, ydata, "ko")

# x values outside of the xdata range
xs = range(-1, stop=2π+1, length=1000)

# extrapolate with linear polynomials of slope=1 or slope=2
for slope in [1,2]
	spline = CubicSpline(xdata, ydata, extrapl=[slope,], extrapr=[slope,])
	plot(xs, spline[xs], label="Slope = $(slope)")


Example extrapolation

Note that the first and second derivatives of the spline will be matched to the extrapolating polynomials. Changing the extrapolating polynomials can therefore result in small changes at the edges of the interpolated region, as we see in the image above.

It is also possible to allow extrapolate on one side of the spline without allowing extrapolation on the other side of the spline. For example, if we provided a value of extrapl and left extrapr as the default value nothing then we could extrapolate to the left of the spline and throw an out of bounds error to the right of the spline.

Gradient calculation

The gradient of grade n at value x can be requested by gradient(spline, x, n). This also works for the extrapolation regions.