This theorical field has been largely exploited in our research years. To explain the main ideas behind this topic, may be natural starting from the polynomial case and remember that the Bernstein polynomial basis is today recognized as the best basis to represent a polynomial from all viewpoints:

- the polynomial coefficients have a geometric meaning and control the polynomial shape;
- the basis is numerically well conditioned and its numerical evaluation is stable thanks to a recurrence relation;
- applied for representing curves and surfaces, this basis allow us the convex-hull, variation diminishing approximation and affine invariance properties.

Unfortunately, the polynomial space is not recommend overall in the high degree
case. Other classes of functions, tipically piecewise polynomials or piecewise
rational polynomials, respectively called NUBS (Non Uniform B-Splines) and
NURBS (Non Uniform Rational B-Splines) are more useful.

Degree 3 uniform B-spline basis.

Degree 3 uniform rational B-spline basis.

But these are not the entire spectrum and a lot of classes of functions were, and
are everyday, proposed in literature within a useful basis representation.

Our research in this area addressed initially to L-spline functions and to
their basis named LB-spline, for data fitting problems in one and two
variables; then succesively to polynomial splines (NUBS) and rational splines
(NURBS) in the modeling field and to p-Bezier and p-spline
which are rational trigonometric function very useful to fit data and
modeling in polar/spherical coordinates. Recently our interest was
about ICC and ICC-spline which are irrational functions to model in polar
coordinates and ISS patches for modeling in a spherical environment.

Actually our research is on subdivision surfaces and their powerful both
for reconstruction and modeling.

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