# ListInterpolation

ListInterpolation[array]

constructs an InterpolatingFunction object that represents an approximate function that interpolates the array of values given.

ListInterpolation[array,{{xmin,xmax},{ymin,ymax},}]

specifies the domain of the grid from which the values in array are assumed to come.

# Details and Options

• You can replace {xmin,xmax} etc. by explicit lists of positions for grid lines. The grid lines are otherwise assumed to be equally spaced.
• ListInterpolation[array] assumes grid lines at integer positions in each direction.
• array can be an array in any number of dimensions, corresponding to a list with any number of levels of nesting.
• ListInterpolation[array,domain] generates an InterpolatingFunction object that returns values with the same precision as those in {array,domain}.
• ListInterpolation supports a Method option. Possible settings include "Spline" for spline interpolation and "Hermite" for Hermite interpolation.

# Examples

open allclose all

## Basic Examples(3)

Construct an approximate function that interpolates the data:

Apply the function to find interpolated values:

Plot the interpolation function:

Compare with the original data:

Construct an approximate function with the x values equally spaced on the interval :

Apply the function to find interpolated values:

Plot the interpolation function with the original data:

Construct an approximate function that interpolates the values from an array of values:

Plot the function with the original data:

## Scope(4)

Interpolate between points at arbitrary x values:

The x values may be included in the data directly:

Create data with Table:

Form the interpolation:

Plot the interpolated function:

Create a list of multidimensional data:

Create an approximate interpolating function:

Plot the interpolating function:

## Generalizations & Extensions(3)

Create data including derivative values:

Construct an interpolation:

Plot the interpolation:

Create 2D data that includes a gradient vector at each point:

Compare with data that does not include gradients:

Also include tensors of second derivatives:

## Options(7)

### InterpolationOrder(4)

Make a 0-order interpolation:

Make a linear interpolation:

Make an interpolation linear in the first dimension and quadratic in the second:

### Method(1)

Compare splines with piecewise Hermite interpolation for random data:

The curves appear close, but the spline has a continuous derivative:

### PeriodicInterpolation(2)

Make an interpolating function that repeats periodically:

Make an interpolating function that repeats periodically in the second dimension only:

## Properties & Relations(2)

The interpolating function always goes through the data points:

Find the integral of an interpolating function:

Plot the interpolating function and its integral:

Find a root of the integral:

## Possible Issues(4)

Beyond the domain defined by the original data extrapolation is used:

A plot shows the inaccuracy of extrapolation:

With the default choice of order, at least 4 points are needed in each dimension:

With a lower order, fewer points are needed:

The interpolation function will always be continuous, but may not be differentiable:

If derivatives are specified, the interpolation function will have a continuous derivative:

Wolfram Research (1996), ListInterpolation, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/ListInterpolation.html (updated 2008).

#### Text

Wolfram Research (1996), ListInterpolation, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/ListInterpolation.html (updated 2008).

#### CMS

Wolfram Language. 1996. "ListInterpolation." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2008. https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/ListInterpolation.html.

#### APA

Wolfram Language. (1996). ListInterpolation. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/ListInterpolation.html

#### BibTeX

@misc{reference.wolfram_2024_listinterpolation, author="Wolfram Research", title="{ListInterpolation}", year="2008", howpublished="\url{https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/ListInterpolation.html}", note=[Accessed: 18-May-2024 ]}

#### BibLaTeX

@online{reference.wolfram_2024_listinterpolation, organization={Wolfram Research}, title={ListInterpolation}, year={2008}, url={https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/ListInterpolation.html}, note=[Accessed: 18-May-2024 ]}