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SPLINE(1G) SPLINE(1G)
NAME
spline  interpolate smooth curve
SYNOPSIS
spline [ option ] ...
DESCRIPTION
Spline takes pairs of numbers from the standard input as abcissas and ordinates of a func
tion. It produces a similar set, which is approximately equally spaced and includes the
input set, on the standard output. The cubic spline output (R. W. Hamming, Numerical
Methods for Scientists and Engineers, 2nd ed., 349ff) has two continuous derivatives, and
sufficiently many points to look smooth when plotted, for example by graph(1).
The following options are recognized, each as a separate argument.
a Supply abscissas automatically (they are missing from the input); spacing is given by
the next argument, or is assumed to be 1 if next argument is not a number.
k The constant k used in the boundary value computation
(2nd deriv. at end) = k*(2nd deriv. next to end)
is set by the next argument. By default k = 0.
n Space output points so that approximately n intervals occur between the lower and
upper x limits. (Default n = 100.)
p Make output periodic, i.e. match derivatives at ends. First and last input values
should normally agree.
x Next 1 (or 2) arguments are lower (and upper) x limits. Normally these limits are
calculated from the data. Automatic abcissas start at lower limit (default 0).
SEE ALSO
graph(1)
DIAGNOSTICS
When data is not strictly monotone in x, spline reproduces the input without interpolating
extra points.
BUGS
A limit of 1000 input points is enforced silently.
SPLINE(1G) 



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