The function may be called by the names: e01tgc, nag_interp_dim3_scat_shep or nag_3d_shep_interp.
e01tgc constructs a smooth function which interpolates a set of scattered data points , for , using a modification of Shepard's method. The surface is continuous and has continuous first partial derivatives.
The basic Shepard method, which is a generalization of the two-dimensional method described in Shepard (1968), interpolates the input data with the weighted mean
The basic method is global in that the interpolated value at any point depends on all the data, but this function uses a modification (see Franke and Nielson (1980) and Renka (1988a)), whereby the method becomes local by adjusting each to be zero outside a sphere with centre and some radius . Also, to improve the performance of the basic method, each above is replaced by a function , which is a quadratic fitted by weighted least squares to data local to and forced to interpolate . In this context, a point is defined to be local to another point if it lies within some distance of it. Computation of these quadratics constitutes the main work done by this function.
The efficiency of the function is further enhanced by using a cell method for nearest neighbour searching due to Bentley and Friedman (1979).
The radii and are chosen to be just large enough to include and data points, respectively, for user-supplied constants and . Default values of these arguments are provided by the function, and advice on alternatives is given in Section 9.2.
This function is derived from the function QSHEP3 described by Renka (1988b).
Values of the interpolant generated by this function, and its first partial derivatives, can subsequently be evaluated for points in the domain of the data by a call to e01thc.
Bentley J L and Friedman J H (1979) Data structures for range searching ACM Comput. Surv.11 397–409
Franke R and Nielson G (1980) Smooth interpolation of large sets of scattered data Internat. J. Num. Methods Engrg.15 1691–1704
Renka R J (1988a) Multivariate interpolation of large sets of scattered data ACM Trans. Math. Software14 139–148
Renka R J (1988b) Algorithm 661: QSHEP3D: Quadratic Shepard method for trivariate interpolation of scattered data ACM Trans. Math. Software14 151–152
Shepard D (1968) A two-dimensional interpolation function for irregularly spaced data Proc. 23rd Nat. Conf. ACM 517–523 Brandon/Systems Press Inc., Princeton
1: – IntegerInput
On entry: , the number of data points.
2: – const doubleInput
3: – const doubleInput
4: – const doubleInput
On entry: , , must be set to the Cartesian coordinates of the data point , for .
these coordinates must be distinct, and must not all be coplanar.
5: – const doubleInput
On entry: must be set to the data value , for .
6: – IntegerInput
On entry: the number of data points that determines each radius of influence , appearing in the definition of each of the weights
, for (see Section 3). Note that is different for each weight. If the default value is used instead.
7: – IntegerInput
On entry: the number of data points to be used in the least squares fit for coefficients defining the nodal functions (see Section 3). If the default value is used instead.
8: – IntegerOutput
On exit: integer data defining the interpolant .
9: – doubleOutput
On exit: real data defining the interpolant .
10: – NagError *Input/Output
The NAG error argument (see Section 7 in the Introduction to the NAG Library CL Interface).
6Error Indicators and Warnings
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section 3.1.2 in the Introduction to the NAG Library CL Interface for further information.
On entry, argument had an illegal value.
All nodes are coplanar. There is no unique solution.
There are duplicate nodes in the dataset. for: and . The interpolant cannot be derived.
On entry, .
On entry, .
On entry, and .
On entry, and .
An internal error has occurred in this function. Check the function call and any array sizes. If the call is correct then please contact NAG for assistance.
See Section 7.5 in the Introduction to the NAG Library CL Interface for further information.
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 8 in the Introduction to the NAG Library CL Interface for further information.
On successful exit, the function generated interpolates the input data exactly and has quadratic accuracy.
8Parallelism and Performance
e01tgc is threaded by NAG for parallel execution in multithreaded implementations of the NAG Library.
e01tgc makes calls to BLAS and/or LAPACK routines, which may be threaded within the vendor library used by this implementation. Consult the documentation for the vendor library for further information.
Please consult the X06 Chapter Introduction for information on how to control and interrogate the OpenMP environment used within this function. Please also consult the Users' Note for your implementation for any additional implementation-specific information.
The time taken for a call to e01tgc will depend in general on the distribution of the data points. If x, y and z are uniformly randomly distributed, then the time taken should be O(m). At worst time will be required.
9.2Choice of and
Default values of the arguments and may be selected by calling e01tgc with and . These default values may well be satisfactory for many applications.
If non-default values are required they must be supplied to e01tgc through positive values of nw and nq. Increasing these arguments makes the method less local. This may increase the accuracy of the resulting interpolant at the expense of increased computational cost. The default values and have been chosen on the basis of experimental results reported in Renka (1988a). In these experiments the error norm was found to vary smoothly with and , generally increasing monotonically and slowly with distance from the optimal pair. The method is not, therefore, thought to be particularly sensitive to the argument values. For further advice on the choice of these arguments see Renka (1988a).
This program reads in a set of data points and calls e01tgc to construct an interpolating function . It then calls e01thc to evaluate the interpolant at a set of points.
Note that this example is not typical of a realistic problem: the number of data points would normally be larger.