Approximation Theory and Approximation Practice shall use Chebfun tools with little explanation. For information about Chebfun. deed, the field of approximation theory came of age in an era of polynomials Chebyshev technology so much is that in practice, for working with functions on. Approximation Theory and Approximation Practice. This textbook, with figures and exercises, was published in It is available from SIAM and from.

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For a great deal of information about approximation theory, including links to dozens of classic papers, see the History of Approximation Theory web site at. As an undergraduate and graduate student in the late s and early s, one of my main interests was approximation theory. I regarded this subject as the foundation of my wider field of numerical analysis, but as the years passed, research in approximation theory came to seem to me dry and academic, and I moved into other areas.

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Now times have changed, computers have changed, and my perceptions have changed. I now again regard approximation theory as exceedingly close to computing, and in this book we shall discuss many practical numerical problems, including interpolation, quadrature, rootfinding, analytic continuation, extrapolation of sequences and series, and solution of differential equations.

Why is approximation theory useful? The answer goes much further than the rather tired old fact that your computer relies on approximations to evaluate functions like sin x and exp x. For my personal answer to the question, concerning polynomials and rational functions in particular, take a look at the last three pages of Chapter 23, beginning with the quotes of Runge and Kirchberger from the beginning of the 20th century.

There are also many other fascinating and important topics of approximation theory not touched upon in this volume, including splines, wavelets, radial basis functions, compressed sensing, and multivariate approximations of all kinds. At a more detailed level, virtually every chapter contains mathematical and scholarly novelties. Examples are the use of barycentric formulas beginning in Chapter 5, the tracing of barycentric formulas and the Hermite integral formula back to Jacobi in and Cauchy in , Theorem 7.

All in all, we shall see that there is scarcely an idea in classical approximation theory that cannot be illustrated in a few lines of Chebfun code, and as I first imagined around , anyone who wants to be expert at numerical computation really does need to know this material.

Dozens of people have helped me in preparing this book. I am grateful to Max Jensen of the University of Durham, whose invitation to give a minute talk in March sparked the whole project, and to Marlis Hochbruck and Caroline Lasser for testing a draft of the book with their students in Karlsruhe and Munich.

Exercise 1. Chebfun download. Download Chebfun from the web site at and install it in your Matlab path as instructed there. Execute chebtest to make sure things are working, and note the time taken.

Execute chebtest again and note how much speedup there is now that various files have been brought into memory. Now read Chapter 1 of the online Chebfun Guide, and look at the list of Examples.

The publish command. Execute help publish and doc publish in Matlab to learn the basics of how the publish command works. Then download the files chap1.

You will probably find that chap1. If you are a student taking a course for which you are expected to turn in writeups of the exercises, I recommend that you make it your habit to produce them with publish.

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Concerning rounding errors when these numbers are calculated numerically, see Exercise 2. Then there exists a unique polynomial p of degree n that interpolates these data, i. In the case of Chebyshev points, we call the polynomial the Chebyshev interpolant. Polynomial interpolants through equally spaced points have terrible properties, as we shall see in Chapters 11— Polynomial interpolants through Chebyshev points, however, are excellent.


It is the clustering near the ends of the interval that makes the difference, and other sets of points with similar clustering, like Legendre points Chapter 17 , have similarly good behavior. The explanation of this fact has a lot to do with potential theory, a subject we shall introduce in Chapter Should anyone mis take it as one of your engineering education.

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You have really lively conversations when we introduced the use of various representa tions for her students.Examples are the use of barycentric formulas beginning in Chapter 5, the tracing of barycentric formulas and the Hermite integral formula back to Jacobi in and Cauchy in , Theorem 7.

The book aims to be more readable than most, and the numerical experiments help achieve this. Three classics are [Cheney ], [Davis ], and [Meinardus ], and a slightly more recent computationally oriented classic is [Powell ].

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Polynomial interpolants through Chebyshev points, however, are excellent.