[R] Taking the derivative of a quadratic B-spline

James McDermott jp.mcdermott at gmail.com
Tue Jul 19 20:53:55 CEST 2005


I have been trying to take the derivative of a quadratic B-spline
obtained by using the COBS library.  What I would like to do is
similar to what one can do by using

predict(fit, xx, deriv = 1)

The goal is to fit the spline to data that is approximating a
cumulative distribution function (e.g. in my example, cdf is a
2-column matrix with x values in column 1 and the estimate of the cdf
evaluated at x in column 2) and then take the first derivative over a
range of values to get density estimates.

The reason I don't want to use smooth.spline is that there is no way
to impose constraints (e.g. >=0, <=1, and monotonicity) as there is
with COBS.  However, since COBS doesn't have the 'deriv =' option, the
only way I can think of doing it with COBS is to evaluate the
derivatives numerically.

Jim McDermott

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