# VTK/Examples/Cxx/Utilities/CardinalSpline

< VTK‎ | Examples‎ | Cxx

This example takes two points that have associated scalar values and allows you to interpolate the value at any point on the line between them using cardinal spline interpolation.

## CardinalSpline.cxx

```#include <vtkSmartPointer.h>
#include <vtkCardinalSpline.h>
#include <vtkFloatArray.h>

int main(int, char *[])
{
// Create a scalar array.  The array could be associated with the scalars of a vtkDataSet
vtkSmartPointer<vtkFloatArray> distances =
vtkSmartPointer<vtkFloatArray>::New();
distances->SetNumberOfComponents(1);
distances->SetName("Distances");
distances->InsertNextValue(100.0);
distances->InsertNextValue(300.0);

// Create a cardinal spline to show how to linearly interpolate between two scalar values
vtkSmartPointer<vtkCardinalSpline> spline =
vtkSmartPointer<vtkCardinalSpline>::New();
spline->ClosedOff();

// Set the left and right second derivatives to 0 corresponding to linear interpolation
spline->SetLeftConstraint(2);
spline->SetLeftValue(0);
spline->SetRightConstraint(2);
spline->SetRightValue(0);
double* r = distances->GetRange();
double xmin = r[0];
double xmax = r[1];
double length = xmax-xmin;
for( vtkIdType i = 0; i < distances->GetNumberOfTuples(); ++i )
{
double x = distances->GetTuple1(i);
double t = (x - xmin)/length;
}

// Evaluate every 50 distance units along the line
std::cout << "Spline interpolation:" << std::endl;
double dt = .25;
for( double t = dt ; t <= 1. - dt; t += dt )
{
std::cout << "t: " << t << " value = " << spline->Evaluate(t) << std::endl;
}

return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}
```

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## CMakeLists.txt

```cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8)

PROJECT(CardinalSpline)

find_package(VTK REQUIRED)
include(\${VTK_USE_FILE})

if(VTK_LIBRARIES)
else()
endif()
```

```cd CardinalSpline/build
```
• If VTK is installed:
```cmake ..
```
• If VTK is not installed but compiled on your system, you will need to specify the path to your VTK build:
```cmake -DVTK_DIR:PATH=/home/me/vtk_build ..
```

Build the project:

```make
```

and run it:

```./CardinalSpline
```

WINDOWS USERS PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to add the VTK bin directory to your path. This will resolve the VTK dll's at run time.