constructs an interpolating polynomial in x which reproduces the function values f_(i) at successive integer values 1, 2, of x.


constructs an interpolating polynomial for the function values f_(i) corresponding to x values x_(i).


constructs a multidimensional interpolating polynomial in the variables x, y, .


constructs an interpolating polynomial that reproduces derivatives as well as function values.

Details and Options

  • The function values f_(i) and sample points x_(i), etc. can be arbitrary real or complex numbers, and in 1D can be arbitrary symbolic expressions.
  • With a 1D list of data of length , InterpolatingPolynomial gives a polynomial of degree .
  • With any given specified set of data, there are infinitely many possible interpolating polynomials; InterpolatingPolynomial always tries to find the one with lowest total degree.
  • InterpolatingPolynomial gives the interpolating polynomial in a Horner form, suitable for numerical evaluation.
  • Different elements in the data can have different numbers of derivatives specified.
  • For multidimensional data, the n^(th) derivative can be given as a tensor with a structure corresponding to D[f,{{x,y,},n}]. »
  • InterpolatingPolynomial allows any function value or derivative to be given as Automatic, in which case it will attempt to fill in the necessary information from derivatives or other function values. »
  • The option setting Modulus->n specifies that the interpolating polynomial should be found modulo n. »


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Basic Examples  (2)

Construct an interpolating polynomial for the squares:

Check the result:

Construct an interpolating polynomial through three points:

Check the result at a single point:

Scope  (3)

Make the polynomial have derivative 0 when it has value 8:

Interpolate values depending on 2 variables:

Generalizations & Extensions  (3)

Make the polynomial have zero derivative at and without specifying the values there:

Specify some of the partial derivatives in 2 dimensions:

Interpolate values and a gradient in 3 variables:

Options  (1)

Modulus  (1)

Find a polynomial interpolating the given points in arithmetic mod 47:

The polynomial takes on the specified values mod 47:

Applications  (5)

Construct a polynomial with roots a, b, and c:

NewtonCotes integration formulas with points:

Centered finite difference formula of order for approximating the first derivative:

Interpolate to find the characteristic polynomial of a matrix:

Create a tensor product interpolation:

Create an interpolating polynomial for each fixed value:

Show the interpolation curves in the direction:

Interpolate between the curves in the direction:

Show the interpolating surface and data points:

Properties & Relations  (3)

The interpolating polynomial always goes through the data points:

ListInterpolation creates a tensor product interpolation:

Create a numerical InterpolatingFunction object:

Create a symbolic polynomial by interpolating in each dimension separately:

Verify that results agree with random data points:

Choose some points to be interpolated:

Use VandermondeMatrix in LinearSolve to obtain the coefficients of the interpolating polynomial:

Possible Issues  (3)

Runge's function:

Sampling at evenly spaced intervals in the interval from to :

The polynomial that interpolates these points has large oscillations:

Interpolation uses a lower-order piecewise polynomial that does not have this problem:

When derivatives are specified without function values an interpolant may not be found:

There is no quadratic polynomial that satisfies the interpolation conditions:

Points with abscissas lying on a line in 2 dimensions:

In multiple dimensions an interpolant may not be found for some arrangements of points:

This polynomial interpolates the data above, but has total degree 2:

Wolfram Research (1991), InterpolatingPolynomial, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2007).


Wolfram Research (1991), InterpolatingPolynomial, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2007).


Wolfram Language. 1991. "InterpolatingPolynomial." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2007.


Wolfram Language. (1991). InterpolatingPolynomial. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


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