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The problem of data interpolation can be thought of as resampling an image or data set to a lower resolution (everything is known) and then transforming it back to a higher resolution image or data set. To formulate the problem, let us consider that we are trying to estimate a highresolution image Y(i,j) of dimension 2n 2n from a given lowresolution image X(i,j) of dimension, n n. We assume that the even pixels in the high resolution image (2i,2j) directly come from the pixels of the lowresolution image (i,j)(as given by equation 1). Shaded pixels in Figure correspond to the known pixels and they directly come from the low resolution image.
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Figure 1 High resolution image Y, where shaded pixels represent the known values. R_{ij} and r_{k} are elements of matrices quantifying covariance amongst diagonal neighbors and between the central pixel and diagonal neighbors respectively.

 
Our goal is to determine the odd pixels (2i+1,2j+1). Apart from these two classes of pixels where both the coordinates are either odd or even, we have one more class where one coordinate is odd and one is even ((2i+1,2j) or (2i,2j+1)). Estimating values of these pixels is similar to what is proposed below, but slightly different in terms of geometry of the filter. In seismology, we normally do not have missing rows (time axis), and hence theory developed for determining odd pixels applies directly to seismic data sets.
The value of a missing pixel in image Y is estimated using its four diagonal neighbors and corresponding filter coefficients (), as described by equation 2:
 
(2) 
Geometrically, the filter can be visualized as a convolution template, with 1 at the center and four filter coefficients on the corners. While interpolating, 1 sits on the position of the unknown pixel, and the filter coefficients on corresponding diagonal neighbors.
If we model these images as a locally stationary Gaussian process, according to Weiner filtering theory these interpolation coefficients are given by
 
(3) 
where is a vector containing filter coefficients, R is the local covariance matrix quantifying covariance between each of the diagonal neighbors, and r is the covariance vector characterizing covariance between the unknown pixel and four diagonal neighbors. Figure displays elements of R and r. We can calculate these matrices for a lowresolution image where all the pixels are known, but we can't directly compute these matrices for the highresolution image that we desire, since many pixels are unknown. If we assume the statistics to be Gaussian in nature and the sampling distance to be reasonably small, we can approximate highresolution covariance matrices by lowresolution covariance matrices Li and Orchard (2001). Claerbout (2005) discusses patching technology which can be used to break a section or data cube into multiple overlapping patches or windows, which can be considered stationary. If we consider a window of size M by M, it will have a total of M^{2} pixels and each pixel will have four neighbors. Let be a 4byM^{2} matrix composed of diagonal neighbors of all the pixels, and be a vector containing all these pixels; then matrices and of equation 3 are given by
 
(4) 
 
(5) 
Substituting these values we get,
 
(6) 
In short, we first estimate covariance matrices on the lowresolution image and then solve for the filter coefficients. Once we know these filter coefficients, we can slide this filter throughout the image and estimate the missing values; the only condition is that all four legs of this filter should sit on known points. On some occasions we might need to scale the size of the filter up or down (multiscale) to touch the nearest nonzero diagonal neighbors; this is discussed at length in the section dealing with missing chunks of data.
Lets consider the case of alternating missing columns for the sake of demonstrating the method. The problem of alternate missing columns can be thought of as a problem of increasing the image resolution along one dimension. Let P be a seismic section of dimension 2n 2n with all the odd columns missing. This can be reduced to a section of size 2n n by compressing along the missing axis and removing the missing columns. We can now estimate the covariance values and filter coefficients () on this lowresolution section, and then use these estimates to calculate the pixels belonging to the missing columns as given below,
 
(7) 
Notice that in equation 7 we are using pixels spaced one point apart from the missing point along columns and two points apart along rows. This was done to maintain the same directional covariance, since we distorted the image while compressing and throwing away zero values. We need to account for the asymmetry we introduced while estimating the filter coefficients. Whenever we have missing data points and we make a lowresolution image by compressing and throwing away those points, we should always account for the geometry.
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