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The approximation power of moving least-squares

By David Levin


Abstract. A general method for near-best approximations to functionals on Rd, using scattered-data information is discussed. The method is actually the moving least-squares method, presented by the Backus-Gilbert approach. It is shown that the method works very well for interpolation, smoothing and derivatives ’ approximations. For the interpolation problem this approach gives Mclain’s method. The method is near-best in the sense that the local error is bounded in terms of the error of a local best polynomial approximation. The interpolation approximation in Rd is shown to be a C ∞ function, and an approximation order result is proven for quasi-uniform sets of data points. 1

Year: 1998
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