I interpolated a surface of x y and z. so for each x and y there is z. I called it a proxy model but my supervisor said i am far from that and I need to find a different word to describe my surface model of interpolation.

Any suggestions please?

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    I have no idea what a surface model of interpolation is supposed to mean, even after googling that phrase. We might be able to help here if OP would explain exactly what he means (using as many words as necessary), but my guess is this is an Off Topic question about "domain-specific terminology" in the context of 3D modelling / printing software. – FumbleFingers May 30 '18 at 12:42

It's not entirely clear from your question, but your supervisor is probably unhappy with your using the term model to because that word has a specific meaning in mathematics that implies a level of complexity that is far beyond a mere interpolation of points.

The formal term for an interpolation across two variables is a bilinear interpolation or bicubic interpolation, depending on which interpolation method you're using. Or you could just call it an "interpolated surface" if you want to keep things simple.

  • Thank you very much for your reply, He was totally against the word proxy not against the word model but I will go with the interpolated surface – user8670370 May 30 '18 at 14:12
  • Well, "proxy" means "something that acts as a substitute," so unless you're using this interpolation as a substitute for something else (maybe a first-principles calculation for example), then I think I agree with your supervisor. – Canadian Yankee May 30 '18 at 18:25

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