InterpolationOrder

InterpolationOrder
is an option for Interpolation, as well as ListLinePlot, ListPlot3D, ListContourPlot, and related functions, that specifies what order of interpolation to use.

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  • InterpolationOrder->n specifies that polynomials of degree n should be fitted between data points.
  • For multidimensional data, the polynomials are taken to be of degree n in each variable.
  • InterpolationOrder->None specifies that data points in plots should be joined without interpolation.
  • InterpolationOrder->0 yields a collection of flat regions, with steps at each data point.
  • InterpolationOrder->1 joins data points with straight lines in 2D, and with piecewise polygonal surface elements in 3D.
  • Higher interpolation orders generally lead to increasingly smooth curves or surfaces.
  • In functions such as NDSolve, InterpolationOrder->All specifies that the interpolation order should be chosen to be the same as the order of the underlying solution method.
  • InterpolationOrder can also be used in functions like Manipulate, to specify the smoothness of animations between control points such as bookmarks.

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Use different interpolation orders for curves:

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Use different interpolation orders for surfaces:

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Use different interpolation orders when constructing an InterpolatingFunction:

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