NAME Math::ThinPlateSpline - Calculate and evaluate thin plate splines SYNOPSIS my @control_points = ( [\$x, \$y, \$z], [\$x2, \$y2, \$z2], ... ); my \$regularization = 0.; # default, follow control points slavishly my \$tps = Math::ThinPlateSpline->new( \@control_points, \$regularization ); my \$height = \$tps->evaluate(\$x, \$y); my \$bending_energy = \$tps->get_bending_energy(); my \$heights = \$tps->evaluate_many([\$x1, \$x2, \$x3...], [\$y1, \$y2, \$y3...]); # \$heights is now [\$z1, \$z2, \$z3...] DESCRIPTION This is a small Perl/XS module for calculating and evaluating thin plate splines. If you don't know what thin plate splines are, check out the links in the "SEE ALSO" section. In a nutshell, it's ordinary splines generalized to two dimensions. The module includes a copy of the "tpsfit" C++ library that was created on the basis of the "tpsdemo" program by Jarno Elonen. METHODS new (class method) Creates a new thin plate spline. Takes one mandatory parameter: A reference to an array of control points (at least three). Each control point has to be a reference to an array of three numbers (X, Y, Z coordinates). See SYNOPSIS. The second parameter is optional: A measure for the regularization. See Jarno Elonen's page for details. evaluate Takes an x and y coordinate as arguments. Returns the z coordinate of the thin plate spline at the specified point. get_bending_energy Calculates and returns the thin plate spline's bending energy. Again, Jarno Elonen explains this well on his "tpsdemo" page. DEPENDENCIES Apart from Perl modules (see META.yml or Makefile.PL), this module needs the boost:ublas library to build (including headers). SEE ALSO Jarno Elonen's page about thin plate splines: Wikipedia on thin plate splines: AUTHOR Steffen Mueller, COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE The Math::ThinPlateSpline module is Copyright (C) 2010, 2011 by Steffen Mueller This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.8.0 or, at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available. The included tpsfit library is Copyright (C) 2001-2003,2005 Jarno Elonen Copyright (C) 2010 by Steffen Mueller This library is Free Software / Open Source with a very permissive license: Permission to use, copy, modify, distribute and sell this software and its documentation for any purpose is hereby granted without fee, provided that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear in supporting documentation. The authors make no representations about the suitability of this software for any purpose. It is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty.