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Simple ``**smoothing**'' is a common application of filtering.
A smoothing filter is one with all positive coefficients.
On the time axis, smoothing is often done with a single-pole
damped exponential function.
On space axes, however, people generally prefer a symmetrical function.
We will begin with rectangle and triangle functions.
When the function width is chosen to be long,
then the computation time can be large,
but recursion can shorten it immensely.

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10/21/1998