Fake nodes

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Fake nodes have been introduced in 2020[1] in the context of univariate polynomial interpolation.

The underlying idea in this approach is to map the original set of nodes into a new set of node points, which are the so-called fake nodes, while preserving the original function values. The resulting interpolation strategy, which is described below, provides the advantage of solving the original interpolation problem while interpolating at a different set of node points, possibly "well-behaved" with respect to the original one, without actually resampling the underlying function.

The fake nodes approach has been successfully applied to substantially reduce both the Runge's phenomenon and the Gibbs phenomenon.

Approximating via the fake nodes approach

Univariate polynomial interpolation at fake nodes

Let <math>\Omega=[a,b] \subset\mathbb{R}</math> be an interval and let <math>{\cal X}_{n+1} = \{ x_i\}_{i = 0, \ldots , n} \subset \Omega</math> be a set of distinct nodes (also called data sites). The interpolation problem consists in reconstructing a function <math>f: \Omega \longrightarrow \mathbb{R}</math> given its values at the nodes <math> {\cal F}_{n+1}= \{ f_i = f(x_i)\}_{i=0, \ldots, n}</math>, by imposing interpolating conditions. More precisely, in the polynomial setting, we look for the polynomial <math>P_{n,f}</math> of degree <math>n</math> such that

<math>P_{n,f}(x_i)= f_i, \quad i=0,\ldots,n.</math>

The resulting interpolant can be expressed in the monomial basis


where the coefficients <math>c_i</math> are uniquely determined.

In the fake nodes approach, an injective map <math>S:\Omega\longrightarrow\mathbb{R}</math> is considered. Then, letting <math>\tilde{x} \in S(\Omega)</math>, it is possible to compute the polynomial <math>P_{n,g}: S(\Omega) \longrightarrow \mathbb{R}</math> interpolating the function values <math>{\cal F}_{n+1}</math> at the fake nodes <math>S({\cal X}_{n+1})=\{S(x_i)=\tilde{x}_i\}_{i = 0, \ldots , n}\subset S(\Omega)</math>. We can write

<math>P_{n,g}(\tilde{x} )=\sum_{i=0}^n{c_i\tilde{x} ^i},</math>

for some <math>g:S(\Omega)\longrightarrow\mathbb{R}</math> so that <math>g_{|_{S({\cal X}_{n+1})}}= f_{|_{{\cal X}_{n+1}}}.</math>

Finally, for <math>x \in \Omega</math> we define the fake nodes interpolant as

<math>R^s_{n,f}(x):= P_{n,g}(S(x))=\sum_{i=0}^n{c_iS(x)^i},</math>

which indeed interpolates the function <math>f</math> at the original set of nodes <math>{\cal X}_{n+1}</math>.

As presented in the seminal paper, by properly choosing the map <math>S</math> the original set of nodes can be mapped on the set of Chebyshev nodes, providing a stable polynomial reconstruction which is not affected by the Runge's phenomenon. Moreover, it is also possible to treat the Gibbs phenomenon that arises when reconstructing discontinuous functions.

Extensions to different approximation settings

The strategy introduced in the polynomial interpolation context can be easily generalized to other approximation settings. In particular, the fake nodes approach has been applied in mitigating the Gibbs phenomenon in univariate barycentric rational interpolation[2] and in multivariate reconstruction in the framework of MPI.


  1. De Marchi, Stefano; Marchetti, Francesco; Perracchione, Emma; Poggiali, Davide (2020), "Polynomial interpolation via mapped bases without resampling", J. Comput. Appl. Math., 364: 112347, doi:10.1016/j.cam.2019.112347, ISSN 0377-0427
  2. Berrut, Jean-Paul; De Marchi, Stefano; Elefante, Giacomo; Marchetti, Francesco (2020), "Treating the Gibbs phenomenon in barycentric rational interpolation and approximation via the S-Gibbs algorithm" (PDF), Appl. Math. Letters, 103: 106196, doi:10.1016/j.aml.2019.106196, ISSN 0893-9659

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