Interpolation is a technique that pervades many an application. Interpolation is almost never the goal in itself, yet it affects both the desired results and the ways to obtain them. Notwithstanding its nearly universal relevance, some authors give it less importance than it deserves, perhaps because considerations about interpolation are felt to be paltry compared to the description of the more inspiring grand scheme of some algorithm or method. Because of this indifference, it appears as if the basic principles that underlie interpolation might be sometimes cast aside, or even misunderstood. The goal of this chapter is to refresh the notions encountered in classical interpolation, as well as to introduce the reader to more general approaches.
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