The Zallinger Interpolation

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The Zallinger Interpolation

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The Missing Link


The March of Progress by famed scientific illustrator Rudolf Zallinger portrays missing links on the road to the future of Homo Sapiens.

In the mathematical field of numerical analysis, interpolation is a method of constructing new data points within the range of a discrete set of known data points.

In engineering and science, one often has a number of data points, obtained by sampling or experimentation, which represent the values of a function for a limited number of values of the independent variable. It is often required to interpolate (i.e. estimate) the value of that function for an intermediate value of the independent variable. This may be achieved by curve fitting or regression analysis.

Using interpolation methods integral to its Edge Analytics® program, SPI determined that the modern age of maritime shipping has a missing link – one whose solution involves arrays or “swarms” of express cargo vessels capable of carrying containers at great speeds: hence, the Seaphantom.