# Linear Interpolation in Python: An np.interp() Example

Say we have a set of points generated by an unknown polynomial function, we can approximate the function using linear interpolation. To do this in Python, you can use the `np.interp()` function from NumPy:

``````import numpy as np

points = [-2, -1, 0, 1, 2]
values = [4, 1, 0, 1, 4]

x = np.linspace(-2, 2, num=10)
y = np.interp(x, points, values)``````

Notice that you have to pass in:

1. A set of points where you want the interpolated value (`x`)
2. A set of points with a known value (`points`)
3. The set of known values (`values`)

Let’s plot the known points in blue and the interpolated points in orange so we can see what’s happening:

``````import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

plt.plot(points, values, 'o')
plt.plot(x, y, 'o', alpha=0.5)

plt.xlabel("x")
plt.ylabel("y");``````

Easy enough.

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