# [R] Obtaining the value of x at a given value of y in a smooth.spline object

Kavitha Venkatesan kavitha.venkatesan at gmail.com
Wed Aug 12 23:43:18 CEST 2009

```I do want a programmatic solution. I was thinking of the linear
interpolation based on the 2 y-values bracketing the given y as well,
I think I will pursue this. Thanks a lot for your suggestion,

Kavitha

On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 4:25 PM, Greg Snow<Greg.Snow at imail.org> wrote:
> Part of the problem is that there could in theory be multiple x values that result in the same y value.
>
> One approach if you are happy with something interactive rather than programatical is to use the TkSpline function in the TeachingDemos package to fit the spline function and drag the x-value until you find the y value that you want.
>
> You can also look at the return from smooth.spline, find the y that is closest to your desired value and then find the corresponding x, or find the 2 y-values that bracket your choice and linearly interpolate the corresponding x values.
>
> Hope this helps,
>
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> Gregory (Greg) L. Snow Ph.D.
> Statistical Data Center
> Intermountain Healthcare
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>
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: r-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-
>> project.org] On Behalf Of Kavitha Venkatesan
>> Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 11:43 AM
>> To: r-help at r-project.org
>> Subject: [R] Obtaining the value of x at a given value of y in a
>> smooth.spline object
>>
>> I have some data fit to a smooth.spline object as follows: (x=vector of
>> data
>> for the predictor variable, y=vector of data for the response variable)
>>
>> fit <- smooth.spline(x,y)
>>
>> Now, given a spline fit point y_new, I want to be able to find out what
>> value of x_new yielded this fit value. How to do so?
>> (This problem is the inverse of the predict.smooth.spline function,
>> which
>> takes x_new as input and yields the corresponding y_new fit value)
>>
>> Any insight is much appreciated!
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Kavitha
>>
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