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By Theodore J. Rivlin

Concise yet wide-ranging, this article offers an advent to equipment of approximating non-stop capabilities by means of features that count basically on a finite variety of parameters — a massive approach within the box of electronic computation. Written for upper-level graduate scholars, it presupposes a data of complicated calculus and linear algebra. 1969 variation.

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