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Weighted cubic spline (csaps) -- varying weighting factor

Asked by 2one
on 2 Sep 2014
Latest activity Commented on by 2one
on 3 Sep 2014
%weighted cubic spline
x=0:0.1:10; %input data
y=5*sin(1.5*x);
x2=x;
y2=0.5+(0.5*sin(1.5*x));
pp = csaps(x,y,1,x) %weighted cubic spline
plot(x,y); hold all; plot(x2,y2); hold all; plot(x,pp,'*'); legend('input data','input weighting data','weighted cubic spline') %
I need to modify the above code to use the current y2 value to recursively (for each value of y) update the c-spline weighting factor for each value of y.
i.e. instead of:
pp = csaps(x,y,1,x)
i will have something like:
pp = csaps(x,y,[current_y2_value],x)
so the output spline will have different weights for each value of y.
please can you help

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Answer by rmc256
on 2 Sep 2014
Edited by rmc256
on 2 Sep 2014
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Have a close look at the csaps documentation. There are two kinds of weighting factor you can see in the equation under "this smoothing spline f minimizes:", the first, w, operates directly on the squared error, the other, (1-p)*lambda operates on the 2nd derivative of f.
If you are just looking to weight the data with error bars (if y2 are your 1-sigma error bars), for example, you should just input:
pp = csaps(x,y,1,x,1./y2.^2);
If instead you really do want y2 to weight the smoothness of different areas (i.e set p not equal to 1), then you need to create a vector with a p value as the first element, and the 2:end elements as the lambda weighting factor for each knot of x, for example:
pp = csaps(x,y,[0.99,y2(2:end)]);
Again, look closely at the documentation, it makes sense when you sit down and read it all the way through.

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thanks! this is very helpful.

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