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# INVERSE LINEAR INTERPOLATION

In Chapter we defined linear interpolation as the extraction of values from between mesh points. In a typical setup (occasionally the role of data and model are swapped), a model is given on a uniform mesh and we solve the easy problem of extracting values between the mesh points with subroutine lint1() The genuine problem is the inverse problem, which we attack here. Data values are sprinkled all around, and we wish to find a function on a uniform mesh from which we can extract that data by linear interpolation. The adjoint operator for subroutine lint1() simply piles data back into its proper location in model space without regard to how many data values land in each region. Thus some model values may have many data points added to them while other model values get none. We could interpolate by minimizing the energy in the model gradient, or that in the second derivative of the model, or that in the output of any other roughening filter applied to the model.

Formalizing now our wish that data be extractable by linear interpolation , from a model , and our wish that application of a roughening filter with an operator have minimum energy, we write the fitting goals:

 (14)

Suppose we take the roughening filter to be the second difference operator scaled by a constant , and suppose we have a data point near each end of the model and a third data point exactly in the middle. Then, for a model space 6 points long, the fitting goal could look like
 (15)

The residual vector has two parts, a data part on top and a model part on the bottom. The data residual should vanish except where contradictory data values happen to lie in the same place. The model residual is the roughened model.

After all the definitions, we load the negative of the data into the residual. If a starting model is present, then we update the data part of the residual and we load the model part of the residual . Otherwise we begin from a zero model and thus the model part of the residual is also zero. After this initialization, subroutine solver_reg() begins an iteration loop by first computing the proposed model perturbation (called g in the program) with the adjoint operator:

 (16)

Using this value of , we can find the implied change in residual as
 (17)

and the last thing in the loop is to use the optimization step function stepper() to choose the length of the step size and to choose how much of the previous step to include.

An example of using the new solver is subroutine invint1. I chose to implement the model roughening operator with the convolution subroutine tcai1() , which has transient end effects (and an output length equal to the input length plus the filter length). The adjoint of subroutine tcai1() suggests perturbations in the convolution input (not the filter).

user/gee/invint1.c
 void invint1(int niter /* number of iterations */, int nd /* data size */, float *coord /* data coordinates */, const float *dd /* data values */, int n1, float o1, float d1 /* model grid */, int na, const float *aa /* filter */, float *mm /* estimated model */, float eps /* regularization */) /*< inverse interpolation >*/ { lint1_init( o1, d1, coord); /* interpolation */ tcai1_init( na, aa); /* filtering */ sf_solver_reg(lint1_lop, sf_cgstep, tcai1_lop, n1+na, n1, nd, mm, dd, niter, eps); sf_cgstep_close( ); } 

Figure 13 shows an example for a filter with . The continuous curve representing the model passes through the data points. Because the models are computed with transient convolution end-effects, the models tend to damp linearly to zero outside the region where signal samples are given.

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Figure 13.
Sample points and estimation of a continuous function through them.

To show an example where the result is clearly a theoretical answer, I prepared another figure with the simpler filter . When we minimize energy in the first derivative of the waveform, the residual distributes itself uniformly between data points so the solution there is a straight line. Theoretically it should be a straight line because a straight line has a vanishing second derivative, and that condition arises by differentiating by , the minimized quadratic form , and getting . (By this logic, the curves between data points in Figure 13 must be cubics.) The result is shown in Figure 14.

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Figure 14.
The same data samples and a function through them that minimizes the energy in the first derivative.

The example of Figure 14 has been a useful test case for me. You'll see it again in later chapters. What I would like to show you here is a movie showing the convergence to Figure 14. Convergence occurs rapidly where data points are close together. The large gaps, however, fill at a rate of one point per iteration.

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2011-08-15