Spline interpolation for demographic variables: the monotonicity problem

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Authors

Len Smith, Rob J Hyndman, Simon N Wood

Published

16 January 2004

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Journal of Population Research 21(1), 95-98

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In demography, it is often necessary to obtain a monotonic interpolation of data. A solution to this problem is available using the Hyman filter for cubic splines. However, this does not seem to be well-known amongst demographers, and no implementation of the procedure is readily available. We remedy these problems by outlining the relevant ideas here, and providing a function for the R package.

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