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generates a SplineFunction object of the specified type from the points pt1,pt2,.

Details and Options

  • To use SplineFit, you first need to load the Splines Package using Needs["Splines`"].
  • A SplineFunction object is a function that parametrizes a curve specified by the points pt1,pt2,, such that an argument of 0 corresponds to pt1, 1 corresponds to pt2, etc.
  • Supported types are Cubic, Bezier and CompositeBezier.
  • A cubic spline is made of piecewise thirdorder polynomials, with C^(1) continuity, and interpolates each of the points it is created from. The second derivative of the spline at the endpoints is set to 0.
  • A Bézier spline interpolates only the endpoints. The other points control the spline, forming a convex hull. Given n points, a spline of degree n1 is created.
  • A composite Bézier spline is made up of a series of thirdorder Bézier curves with C^(1) continuity. It alternates interpolating points and control points.
  • In a composite Bézier spline generated from an even number of points the last two points are reversed so that the final point is interpolated and the next to last is a control point for the final segment; if the spline is generated from an odd number of points, then the final vertex is doubled.
  • The points pt1,pt2, are not restricted to two dimensions.


Basic Examples  (1)

SplineFit returns a SplineFunction of the appropriate type:

Fit three types of splines to a random set of five points:

Plot the resulting splines:

SplineFit works in arbitrary dimensions:

Wolfram Research (2008), SplineFit, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/Splines/ref/SplineFit.html.


Wolfram Research (2008), SplineFit, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/Splines/ref/SplineFit.html.


Wolfram Language. 2008. "SplineFit." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. https://reference.wolfram.com/language/Splines/ref/SplineFit.html.


Wolfram Language. (2008). SplineFit. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from https://reference.wolfram.com/language/Splines/ref/SplineFit.html


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