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Mathematics of Computation

Published by the American Mathematical Society since 1960 (published as Mathematical Tables and other Aids to Computation 1943-1959), Mathematics of Computation is devoted to research articles of the highest quality in computational mathematics.

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Optimum-point formulas for osculatory and hyperosculatory interpolation
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by Herbert E. Salzer PDF
Math. Comp. 16 (1962), 356-362 Request permission


Formulas are given for n-point osculatory and hyperosculatory (as well as ordinary) polynomial interpolation for $f(x)$, over (-1, 1), in terms of $f({x_i})$, $f’({x_i})$ and $f”({x_i})$ at the irregularly-spaced Chebyshev points ${x_i} = - \cos \{ (2i - 1)\pi /2n\}$, $i = 1,\ldots ,n$. The advantage over corresponding formulas for ${x_i}$ equally spaced is in the squaring and cubing, in the respective osculatory and hyperosculatory formulas, of the approximate ratio of upper bounds for the remainder in ordinary interpolation using Chebyshev and equal spacing (e.g., for n = 10, the 15 per cent ratio for ordinary interpolation becoming 2.4 per cent and 0.37 per cent for osculatory and hyperosculatory interpolation). The upper bounds for the remainders in these optimum n-point r-ply confluent formulas (here r = 1 and 2) are around $2^r$ times those of the optimum $\{ (r + 1)n\}$-point non-confluent formulas. But these present confluent formulas may require fewer computations for irregular arguments when $f(x)$ satisfies a simple first or second-order differential equation. To facilitate computation, for n = 2(1)10, auxiliary quantities ${a_i}$, ${b_i}$ and ${c_i}$, $i = 1,\ldots ,n$, independent of x, are tabulated exactly or to 15S, not precisely for the optimum points, but for those Chebyshev arguments rounded to 2D ("near-optimum” points). At the very worst (n = 9, hyperosculatory) this change about doubles the remainder, which is still less than $(\tfrac {1}{50})$ th of the remainder in the corresponding equally-spaced formula.
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  • © Copyright 1962 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 16 (1962), 356-362
  • MSC: Primary 65.20
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  • MathSciNet review: 0149647