class scipy.interpolate.UnivariateSpline(x, y, w=None, bbox=[None, None], k=3, s=None, ext=0, check_finite=False)[source]

One-dimensional smoothing spline fit to a given set of data points.

Fits a spline y = spl(x) of degree k to the provided x, y data. s specifies the number of knots by specifying a smoothing condition.


x : (N,) array_like

1-D array of independent input data. Must be increasing.

y : (N,) array_like

1-D array of dependent input data, of the same length as x.

w : (N,) array_like, optional

Weights for spline fitting. Must be positive. If None (default), weights are all equal.

bbox : (2,) array_like, optional

2-sequence specifying the boundary of the approximation interval. If None (default), bbox=[x[0], x[-1]].

k : int, optional

Degree of the smoothing spline. Must be <= 5. Default is k=3, a cubic spline.

s : float or None, optional

Positive smoothing factor used to choose the number of knots. Number of knots will be increased until the smoothing condition is satisfied:

sum((w[i] * (y[i]-spl(x[i])))**2, axis=0) <= s

If None (default), s = len(w) which should be a good value if 1/w[i] is an estimate of the standard deviation of y[i]. If 0, spline will interpolate through all data points.

ext : int or str, optional

Controls the extrapolation mode for elements not in the interval defined by the knot sequence.

  • if ext=0 or ‘extrapolate’, return the extrapolated value.
  • if ext=1 or ‘zeros’, return 0
  • if ext=2 or ‘raise’, raise a ValueError
  • if ext=3 of ‘const’, return the boundary value.

The default value is 0.

check_finite : bool, optional

Whether to check that the input arrays contain only finite numbers. Disabling may give a performance gain, but may result in problems (crashes, non-termination or non-sensical results) if the inputs do contain infinities or NaNs. Default is False.

See also

Subclass with smoothing forced to 0
Subclass in which knots are user-selected instead of being set by smoothing condition
An older, non object-oriented wrapping of FITPACK

splev, sproot, splint, spalde

A similar class for two-dimensional spline interpolation


The number of data points must be larger than the spline degree k.

NaN handling: If the input arrays contain nan values, the result is not useful, since the underlying spline fitting routines cannot deal with nan . A workaround is to use zero weights for not-a-number data points:

>>> w = np.isnan(y)
>>> y[w] = 0.
>>> spl = UnivariateSpline(x, y, w=~w)

Notice the need to replace a nan by a numerical value (precise value does not matter as long as the corresponding weight is zero.)


>>> import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
>>> from scipy.interpolate import UnivariateSpline
>>> x = np.linspace(-3, 3, 50)
>>> y = np.exp(-x**2) + 0.1 * np.random.randn(50)
>>> plt.plot(x, y, 'ro', ms=5)

Use the default value for the smoothing parameter:

>>> spl = UnivariateSpline(x, y)
>>> xs = np.linspace(-3, 3, 1000)
>>> plt.plot(xs, spl(xs), 'g', lw=3)

Manually change the amount of smoothing:

>>> spl.set_smoothing_factor(0.5)
>>> plt.plot(xs, spl(xs), 'b', lw=3)

(Source code)



__call__(x[, nu, ext]) Evaluate spline (or its nu-th derivative) at positions x.
antiderivative([n]) Construct a new spline representing the antiderivative of this spline.
derivative([n]) Construct a new spline representing the derivative of this spline.
derivatives(x) Return all derivatives of the spline at the point x.
get_coeffs() Return spline coefficients.
get_knots() Return positions of interior knots of the spline.
get_residual() Return weighted sum of squared residuals of the spline approximation.
integral(a, b) Return definite integral of the spline between two given points.
roots() Return the zeros of the spline.
set_smoothing_factor(s) Continue spline computation with the given smoothing factor s and with the knots found at the last call.