By George M. Phillips

This booklet covers the most themes taken with interpolation and approximation via polynomials. This topic might be traced again to the precalculus period yet has loved so much of its development and improvement because the finish of the 19th century and remains to be a full of life and flourishing a part of arithmetic. as well as insurance of univariate interpolation and approximation, the textual content comprises fabric on multivariate interpolation and multivariate numerical integration, a generalization of the Bernstein polynomials that has now not formerly seemed in ebook shape, and a better insurance of Peano kernel thought than is located in such a lot textbooks. there are numerous labored examples and every part ends with a few conscientiously chosen difficulties that stretch the student's knowing of the textual content.

George Phillips has lectured and researched in arithmetic on the collage of St. Andrews, Scotland. His latest publication, Millenia of arithmetic: From Archimedes to Gauss (Springer 2000), acquired enthusiastic stories within the united states, Britain and Canada. he's renowned for his readability of writing and his many contributions as a researcher in approximation idea.

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Where [3]! = [3] [2] [1]. It thus seems natural to deﬁne higher-order qdiﬀerences recursively as follows. 112) for all integers k ≥ 0, where ∆0q f (xj ) = f (xj ) and ∆1q f (xj ) = ∆q f (xj ). 71), the corresponding relation for forward diﬀerences, when q = 1. We now state and prove the relation between divided diﬀerences and q-diﬀerences. 1 For all j, k ≥ 0, we have f [xj , xj+1 , . . , xj+k ] = ∆kq f (xj ) q k(2j+k−1)/2 [k]! where each xj equals [j], and [k]! = [k] [k − 1] · · · [1]. 5 q-Diﬀerences 45 Proof.

77). We can also add to our above table by inserting numbers, one at a time, beginning with the sixth column by inserting a 3, since the fourth diﬀerences are known to be constant. Then, in turn we can insert 3 + 16 = 19, 19 + 51 = 70, 70 + 126 = 196, 196 + 266 = 462 in columns 5, 4, 3, and 2, respectively. This last number in column 2 then gives τ2 (1, . . 77). ■ In our above study of interpolation at equally spaced abscissas we found it convenient to make a linear change of variable so that xj = j.

117). We will now state and verify an explicit expression for a kth q-diﬀerence ∆kq f (xj ) as a sum of multiples of values of f . 118) where each xj equals [j]. Proof. 118) reduce to f (xj ). 118) holds for some integer k ≥ 0 and all integers j ≥ 0. 112), which we repeat here for convenience: ∆k+1 f (xj ) = ∆kq f (xj+1 ) − q k ∆kq f (xj ). 119) becomes k+1 (−1)r−1 q (r−1)(r−2)/2 ∆kq f (xj ) = r=1 k r−1 f (xj+k+1−r ). 118) q with k replaced by k + 1. 120), respectively. For 1 ≤ r ≤ k the expansion of ∆k+1 f (xj ) contains q two contributions involving f (xj+k+1−r ).