I'm trying to solve for the Lagrangian form of the interpolation polynomial. Right now, I'm just trying to solve for the $l_i(x)$ values which are equal to $l_i(x)=\prod_{j\neq i, j=1}^{n}{\frac{x-x_j}{x_i-x_j}} $. Where $n$ is the length of the list of x values. My code right now is:

LagrangeL[i_, xList_] := 
 Product[(x - xList[j])/(xList[i] - xList[j]) Boole[i != j], {j, 1, 

This is giving me $Indeterminate$ for $LagrangeL[1, \left\{1, 2\right\}]$ and I'm not sure why. Is there a way to make the condition of $j \neq i$ in the product index?


Two problems: your xList is a List, so index into it with [[ ]] rather than [ ], and you need to keep the denominator from evaluating.

LagrangeL[i_, xList_] := Product[If[i != j, 
   (x - xList[[j]])/(xList[[i]] - xList[[j]]), 1], {j, 1, Length[xList]}] 

2 - x
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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, that worked. One more question now, am I able to set a new function equal to the output of this? So like f[x_]:=LagrangeL[1,{1,2}]; f[0]. $\endgroup$ – TheStrangeQuark Sep 16 '16 at 14:58
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    $\begingroup$ Sure -- the output is a polynomial, so you can work with it as with any polynomial. But what you probablby want is: f[x_] = LagrangeL[1, {1, 2}] so that you can have f[0]=2, f[2]=0, etc. $\endgroup$ – bill s Sep 16 '16 at 16:21

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