# Linear Interpolation. How to implement this algorithm in C ? (Python version is given)

### Question

There exists one very good linear interpolation method. It performs linear interpolation requiring at most one multiply per output sample. I found its description in a third edition of Understanding DSP by Lyons. This method involves a special hold buffer. Given a number of samples to be inserted between any two input samples, it produces output points using linear interpolation. Here, I have rewritten this algorithm using Python:

``````temp1, temp2 = 0, 0
iL = 1.0 / L
for i in x:
hold = [i-temp1] * L
temp1 = i
for j in hold:
temp2 += j
y.append(temp2 *iL)
``````

where x contains input samples, L is a number of points to be inserted, y will contain output samples.

My question is how to implement such algorithm in ANSI C in a most effective way, e.g. is it possible to avoid the second loop?

NOTE: presented Python code is just to understand how this algorithm works.

UPDATE: here is an example how it works in Python:

``````x=[]
y=[]
hold=[]
num_points=20
points_inbetween = 2

temp1,temp2=0,0

for i in range(num_points):
x.append( sin(i*2.0*pi * 0.1) )

L = points_inbetween
iL = 1.0/L
for i in x:
hold = [i-temp1] * L
temp1 = i
for j in hold:
temp2 += j
y.append(temp2 * iL)
``````

Let's say x=[.... 10, 20, 30 ....]. Then, if L=1, it will produce [... 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 ...]

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4
12/22/2010 10:39:20 AM

## Interpolation in the sense of "signal sample rate increase"

... or i call it, "upsampling" (wrong term, probably. disclaimer: i have not read Lyons'). I just had to understand what the code does and then re-write it for readability. As given it has couple of problems:

a) it is inefficient - two loops is ok but it does multiplication for every single output item; also it uses intermediary lists(`hold`), generates result with `append` (small beer)

b) it interpolates wrong the first interval; it generates fake data in front of the first element. Say we have multiplier=5 and seq=[20,30] - it will generate [0,4,8,12,16,20,22,24,28,30] instead of [20,22,24,26,28,30].

So here is the algorithm in form of a generator:

``````def upsampler(seq, multiplier):
if seq:
step = 1.0 / multiplier
y0 = seq[0];
yield y0
for y in seq[1:]:
dY = (y-y0) * step
for i in range(multiplier-1):
y0 += dY;
yield y0
y0 = y;
yield y0
``````

Ok and now for some tests:

``````>>> list(upsampler([], 3))  # this is just the same as [Y for Y in upsampler([], 3)]
[]
>>> list(upsampler([1], 3))
[1]
>>> list(upsampler([1,2], 3))
[1, 1.3333333333333333, 1.6666666666666665, 2]
>>> from math import sin, pi
>>> seq = [sin(2.0*pi * i/10) for i in range(20)]
>>> seq
[0.0, 0.58778525229247314, 0.95105651629515353, 0.95105651629515364, 0.58778525229247325, 1.2246063538223773e-016, -0.58778525229247303, -0.95105651629515353, -0.95105651629515364, -0.58778525229247336, -2.4492127076447545e-016, 0.58778525229247214, 0.95105651629515353, 0.95105651629515364, 0.58778525229247336, 3.6738190614671318e-016, -0.5877852522924728, -0.95105651629515342, -0.95105651629515375, -0.58778525229247347]
>>> list(upsampler(seq, 2))
[0.0, 0.29389262614623657, 0.58778525229247314, 0.76942088429381328, 0.95105651629515353, 0.95105651629515364, 0.95105651629515364, 0.7694208842938135, 0.58778525229247325, 0.29389262614623668, 1.2246063538223773e-016, -0.29389262614623646, -0.58778525229247303, -0.76942088429381328, -0.95105651629515353, -0.95105651629515364, -0.95105651629515364, -0.7694208842938135, -0.58778525229247336, -0.29389262614623679, -2.4492127076447545e-016, 0.29389262614623596, 0.58778525229247214, 0.76942088429381283, 0.95105651629515353, 0.95105651629515364, 0.95105651629515364, 0.7694208842938135, 0.58778525229247336, 0.29389262614623685, 3.6738190614671318e-016, -0.29389262614623618, -0.5877852522924728, -0.76942088429381306, -0.95105651629515342, -0.95105651629515364, -0.95105651629515375, -0.76942088429381361, -0.58778525229247347]
``````

And here is my translation to C, fit into Kratz's fn template:

``````/**
*
* @param src caller supplied array with data
* @param src_len len of src
* @param steps to interpolate
* @param dst output param will be filled with (src_len - 1) * steps + 1 samples
*/
float* linearInterpolation(float* src, int src_len, int steps, float* dst)
{
float step, y0, dy;
float *src_end;
if (src_len > 0) {
step = 1.0 / steps;
for (src_end = src+src_len; *dst++ = y0 = *src++, src < src_end; ) {
dY = (*src - y0) * step;
for (int i=steps; i>0; i--) {
*dst++ = y0 += dY;
}
}
}
}
``````

Please note the C snippet is "typed but never compiled or run", so there might be syntax errors, off-by-1 errors etc. But overall the idea is there.

8
12/27/2010 4:33:41 AM

In that case I think you can avoid the second loop:

``````def interpolate2(x, L):
new_list = []
new_len = (len(x) - 1) * (L + 1)
for i in range(0, new_len):
step = i / (L + 1)
substep = i % (L + 1)
fr = x[step]
to = x[step + 1]
dy = float(to - fr) / float(L + 1)
y = fr + (dy * substep)
new_list.append(y)
new_list.append(x[-1])
return new_list

print interpolate2([10, 20, 30], 3)
``````

you just calculate the member in the position you want directly. Though - that might not be the most efficient to do it. The only way to be sure is to compile it and see which one is faster.