A Course in Approximation Theory

Ward Cheney and Will Light, Universities Press, 2012, pbk, 359 p, ISBN : 9780821887110, $42.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

A Course in Approximation Theory

Contents: Introductory discussion of interpolation. 1. Linear interpolation operators. 2. OOptimization of the Lagrange operator. 3. Multivariate polynomials. 4. Moving the nodes.
5. Projections.6. Tensor-product interpolation. 7. The Boolean algebra of projections. 8. The Newton paradigm for interpolation. 9. The Lagrange paradigm for interpolation. 10. Interpolation by translates of a single function. 11. Positive definite functions. 12. Strictly positive definite functions. 13. Completely monotone functions. 14. The Schoenberg interpolation theorem.  15. The Micchelli interpolation theorem. 16. Positive definite functions on spheres. 17. Approximation by positive definite functions. 18. Approximate reconstruction of functions and tomography. 19. Approximation by convolution. 20. The good kernels. 21. Ridge functions. 22. Ridge function approximation via convolutions. 23. Density of ridge functions. 24. Artificial neural networks. 25. Chebyshev centers. 26. Optimal reconstruction of functions. 27. Algorithmic orthogonal projections. 28. Cardinal B-splines and the sinc function. 29. The Golomb-Weinberger theory. 30. Hilbert function spaces and reproducing kernels. 31. Spherical thin-plate splines. 32. Box splines. 33. Wavelets, I. 34. Wavelets, II. 35. Quasi-interpolation. Bibliography. Index. Index of symbols.

This textbook is designed for graduate students in mathematics physics engineering and computer science. Its purpose is to guide the reader in exploring contemporary approximation theory. The emphasis is on multi variable approximation theory i.e. the approximation of functions in several variables as opposed to the classical theory of functions in one variable.

Most of the topics in the book heretofore accessible only through research papers are treated here from the basics to the currently active research, often motivated by practical problems arising in diverse applications such as science engineering geophysics and business and economics. Among these topics are projections interpolation paradigms positive definite functions interpolation theorems of Schoenberg and Micchelli tomography artificial neural networks wavelets thin plate splines box splines ridge functions and convolutions.

An important and valuable feature of the book is the bibliography of almost 600 items directing the reader to important books and research papers. There are 438 problems and exercises scattered through the book allowing the student reader to get a better understanding of the subject.

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