a) To estimate the value of a function between two points between which it is tabulated.

A macro is invoked in the same way as a request; a control line beginning .xx will interpolate the contents of macro xx.

b) During the course of processing some data, and in response to a directive in that data, to fetch data from a different source and process it in-line along with the original data.

In Perl, variable interpolation happens in double-quoted strings and patterns, and list interpolation occurs when constructing the list of values to pass to a list operator or other such construct that takes a .

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