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Interpolation and Extrapolation in 2D in Python/v3

Learn how to interpolation and extrapolate data in two dimensions

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The tutorial below imports NumPy, Pandas, and SciPy.

In [1]:
import plotly.plotly as py
import plotly.graph_objs as go
from import FigureFactory as FF

import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
import scipy


Interpolation refers to the process of generating data points between already existing data points. Extrapolation is the process of generating points outside a given set of known data points.
(inter and extra are derived from Latin words meaning 'between' and 'outside' respectively)

Spline Interpolation

Interpolate for a set of points and generate the curve of best fit that intersects all the points.

In [2]:
from scipy import interpolate

x = np.arange(-5.0, 5.0, 0.25)
y = np.arange(-5.0, 5.0, 0.25)
xx, yy = np.meshgrid(x, y)
z = np.sin(xx**2+yy**2)
f = interpolate.interp2d(x, y, z, kind='cubic')

xnew = np.arange(-5.0, 5.0, 1e-1)
ynew = np.arange(-5.0, 5.0, 1e-1)
znew = f(xnew, ynew)

trace1 = go.Scatter3d(
    z=z[0, :],
    marker = dict(
        size = 7

trace2 = go.Scatter3d(
    z=znew[0, :],
    name='Interpolated Data'

layout = go.Layout(
    title='Interpolation and Extrapolation in 2D',
            camera= dict(
                up=dict(x=0, y=0, z=1),
                center=dict(x=0, y=0, z=0),
                eye=dict(x=1, y=-1, z=0)

data = [trace1, trace2]

fig = go.Figure(data=data, layout=layout)
py.iplot(fig, filename='interpolation-and-extrapolation-2d')