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The formulae (1) and (15) might th u=1¢<»+£, §)(0.I)+3°:f'.%cf(0, I,2)-t 2°-$2 % $10, 1. 2. 3>+ oo,

u=u<>+£;§ '(O.I)+°5¥'~ % %(-1.0, I)+ x xo x x, x-x.,

T* -T Sh (-1, o, 1,2)-I-...(2o).

The general principle on which these formulae are constructed, and which may be used to construct other formulae, is that (1.) we start with any tabulated value of u, (11.) we pass to the successive differences by steps, each of which may be either downwards or

upwards, and (iii.) the new suffix which is introduced at each step determines the new factor (involving x) for use in the next term.

For any particular value of x, however, all formulae which end with the same difference of the rth order tabular differences are used. If, for differences, we have

140-i-QL;-;9(o, 1) = ui


give the same result, provided

instance, we go only to first

+%3(<>. I)

13. Ordinates not Equidistant.-When the successive ordinates in the graph of u are not equidistant, i.e. when the differences of successive values of x are not equal, t provided the differences are adjusted values of x for which u is tabulated be -yh, . . Then the table becomes

he above principle still applies, in a particular way. Let the

a=x0-i-ah, b=x0+Bh, c=x0+


if 7 K Adj usted Differences.” “D x. u.

1st Diff. 2nd Diff. &c.

i Q Q Q

a =x, , ua -b

(11, /9) (B)

=x u av 1 'Y

B B </an v>

c =-xy uy A

g .. ., I

ln this table, however, (a, B) does not mean ug -na, but (ug -ua) + (B-a); (G. 5, 1) means KB, v)~~(v1 /3)}+%(1f-11); and, generally

an uantit in the cblumn headed “rth diff." is yq y(n, ~—¢>>

obtained by dividing the difference the preceding column by (¢-17)/r. way, we may apply the principle of such as

u=1f, ,+°%9- (11, B)-I-33%


u=uy+%- (B. v)+T

of the adjoining quantities in

If the table is formed in this

§ 12 so as to obtain formulae

251. o, /1.~>+ cm,

<<», s, ~/>+... <22>.

The following example illustrates the method, h being taken to be 1°:-

Example 8. Y

Y - l 1st Diff. 2nd Diff. 3rd Dui. x' u"Sm x' (adjusted). (adjusted). (adjusted). l,

20° '3420201

162932 50

22° -3746066 I 1125 00,

161245 oo 7 48 75

23° -3907311 1 1222 50

158800 00 48 30

26° -4383711 1303 oo

G . 156194 00 47 49

27 4539905 1445 47

151857 60 46 oo

32° -5299195 1583 48 .

D 145523 67

35 '5735764 i 5 ww* i 4

To find it for x=3I°, we use the values for 26°, 27°, 32° and 35°, and obtain

u=-4383711 <>0+§ (156194 QOH? - i(-1445 47)+ Q if Ii(-46 OO)='51503801

which is only wrong in the last figure. en be written lf the values of u occurring in (21) or (22) are na, ug, u, /, . .u, , corresponding to values a, b, c, . . . l of x, the formula may be more symmetrically written


lf "b)( lf~'+<ic-ii)

ti-If) (yi-;...“» (23)-This

is known as Lagrangehv formula, but it is said to be due to Euler. It is not convenient for practical use, since it does not show how many terms have to be taken in any particular case. 14. Interpolation from Tables of Double Entry.-Nhen u is a function of x and y, and is tabulated in terms of x and of y jointly, its calculation for a pair of values not given in the table may be effected either directly or by first forming a table of values of u in terms of y for the particular value of x and then determining u from this table for the particular value of y. For direct interpolation, consider that A represents differencing by changing x into x-I-1, and A' differencing by changing y into 3/+I. Then the formula is Nzyy = (1 +A)”(1 +A')”u0,0;

and the right-hand side can be developed in whatever form is most convenient for the particular case.

REFERENCES.-For general formulae, with particular applications, see the Text-book of the Institute of Actuaries, part ii. (1st ed. 1887, 2nd ed. 1902), p. 434; H. L. Rice, Theory and Practice of Interpolation (1899). Some historical references are given by C. W. Merrifield, “ On Quadratures and Interpolation, " Brit. Assoc. Report (1880), p. 321; see also Encycl. der rnath. Wiss. vol. i. pt. 2, pp. 800-819. For l. D. Everett's formula, see Qnar. four. Pure and Applied .Maths., No. 128 (1901), and Jour. Inst. Actuaries, vol. xxxv. (1901), p. 452. As to relative accuracy of different formulae, see Proc. Lon. Math. Soc. (2) vol. iv. p. 320. Examples of interpolation by means of auxiliary curves will be found in Jour. Royal Stat. Soc. vol. lxiii. pp. 433, 637. See also DIFFERENCES, CALCULUS or. (W. F. SH.)

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