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Your choice of parameterization is creating problems. Instead of spanning one in $t$ between points, span an amount proportional to the line segment between the two points in $(x,y)$ space. I've created a Python example that demonstrates the issue. It compares a uniform parameterization $(x_t(t),y_t(t))$ (like yours, but mine is scaled so that $t \in [0,1]$...

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No, it's not completely unique. Like @origimbo said, a straight line can have many different representations that describe the same curve. Less trivially, splines can be degree-elevated and have repeated knots inserted and produce an identical curve. Most unconstrained optimization methods are gradient-based. You were right that if you try to find a ...

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The formula is: $m = n + p + 1$ $m$ number of knots. $n$ number of control points. $p$ degree. You can check the nurbs book chapter 2 for a complete set of definitions. The Shumaker's book is a more readable reference. There is a paragraph on interpolation also on Tom Lyche and Knut Mørgens's lecture notes. Here you shall find that all the entries in ...

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When I change your code to this: psi[x_] := Piecewise[ {{0, x < -2} , {CubicLagrangeInterpolation[{-3, -2, -1, 0}, {0, 0, 0, 1}, x], -2 <= x <= -1} , {CubicLagrangeInterpolation[{-2, -1, 0, 1}, {0, 0, 1, 0}, x], -1 <= x <= 0} , {CubicLagrangeInterpolation[{-1, 0, 1, 2}, {0, 1, 0, 0}, x], 0 <= x <= 1} , {...

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If you do not have access to the NURBS book by Piegl, then you might look at An Introduction to Polar Forms by Hans-Peter Seidel on pp 38-46 of the 1993 IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications. He diagrams the B-spline computations for the polar form, from which the polynomial coefficient form is a routine conversion. Let me offer one more reference to an ...

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You may use Curve fitting toolbox which is provided by MATLAB. The function you need is spcol.

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As your problem is a local regression problem, I would not use a spline fit, but LO(W)ESS. This estimates $f(x)$ at a sample point $x$ by a weighted least squares fit to the points $x_i$ that are the $k$ nearest neighbors of $x$. For details, see Cleveland: "Robust locally weighted regression and smoothing scatterplots." Journal of the American ...

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You certainly can try using Gauss-Seidel based preconditioning that is relatively easy to construct and is cheap enough (by my assessment) to give it a try. Other choices of algebraic preconditioners (say, incomplete LU) might be too heavy relative to their potential impact. I would also suggest looking into a full sparse direct solution of your problem. ...

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I think that you should take a look to OpenCascade. It provides with Spline surfaces, and NURBS particularly. It is written in C++ and it is released under LGPL license. Regarding FreeCAD, I don't think that they officially support NURBS, although you can import them (?). But there is a module in development (see also the Forum). The developer has published ...

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The classic book in B-Splines is de Boor, C. (1978). A Practical Guide to Splines. New York: Springer-Verlag, but I spent many weeks on it and was not able to make his algorithms work. The algorithm in Phillips, G. M., & Taylor, P. J. (1996). Splines and Other Approximations Chapter 6 of Theory and Applications of Numerical Analysis (2nd ed., pp. 131-...

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Answering your second question first: for $K$ knots, natural cubic splines really have only $K$ degrees of freedom/basis functions. This is quite easy to see if you count degrees of freedom: $K$ knots split the real line into $K+1$ intervals, and a piecewise cubic function in these intervals has $4(K+1)$ degrees of freedom. By matching function value, first ...

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Fitting together B-splines with a given continuity is a hard problem. This was actually the motivation behind developing a generalization of NURBS called T-splines. There are many articles on T-splines and T-NURCCs that could be helpful to you if you're interested in going that route.

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