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It is not uncommon in science and mathematics to have a collection of data
(x1, y1),(x2, y2),...,(xn, yn)
for which we believe there is a functional relationship between the xi and
the yi. Often, we want to get some idea of what might be happening at
points other than those for which we have data. That is, we want to find some
f so that
f (xi) = yi for each of our points.
Of course, in order to do this, we will need to have some knowledge (or make
some guesses) about the function f, or sometimes about how precisely the
points are known. In this chapter, we'll look at several different approaches
to this problem of fitting a curve through (or near) some given data.
Translated from LaTeX by Scott Sutherland