Questions on the use of Mathematica to construct models for approximating empirical data.

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Finding the intersection of a curve with an interpolation function

There are no issues trying to find the intersection points of two defined curves. ...
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Troubles with FindFit for ODE (elaboration)

I have asked a question Troubles with FindFit for ODE and get a good-working answer from @belisarius. Nevertheless I need to clarify is it possible to define the same model with ...
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FindDistributionParameters and Hypothesis Testing

Please excuse me if I am making any logical error in posting this question since I am not a math major. However, let me post my question. I am trying to fit multivariate parametric distribution to ...
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Remove redundant parameters from equation

I have random expressions like (b1 x + b2 x)/(b3 + b4/b5 x) + Sin[b6 x] where $x$ is a variable and {b1, ..., b6} are parameters to be fitted. This expression is ...
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How do I find out what a Mathematica function is doing (which numerical method it uses and how)?

Long story short, I am working on a project which entails fixing a bug I have found in Mathematica (8 and 10). In general, I would like to know what a specific Mathematica function is actually doing ...
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Find Numerical Derivatives (With Errors) given some data

I have a question. Suposse I have some data with their respective errors: ...
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Find GeometricTransform from 3D object external surfaces to a positional point cloud data

I am looking for another way to approach this problem. Any suggestion on how to optimize the computing speed is welcome. I have a BSplineFunction which accurately ...
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Applying LinearModelFit[] to data obtained with WeatherData[]

I am trying to perform a linear regression on some weather data, but I can't seem to figure out how to perform the operation. What I have right now is this: ...
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Mixture coefficients and Parameter estimation for moving Normal distributions

I am searching for a way to do the following steps below. I am stumped and I have stumped a few profs too. Any help would be appreciated. I would like to import data from, say, excel or a .txt file ...
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Handling msg for fitting

I have a trivial question: I do Monte Carlo with some curve fitting. Now always when a random run creates a complex fitting solution it should write 1 in a Matrix. How can I handle such msgs in a ...
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Mystifying failure of NonlinearModelFit

Fitting the following two time-series (two repeats of the same exponential growth process) ...
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Fit inside a module [closed]

I have here a MMA NB which works fine outside the MODULE. BUt in the module routine there comes up an warning that the solution is not real. Can anyone here help please? ...
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NonlinearModelFit indeterminate or not a list of real numbers

I'm trying to fit my data using NonlinearModelFit but keep getting errors that I don't quite understand how to correct ...
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Curve fitting by running through hundreds of models and return the one with best fit

In the past, I used to solve a lot of my regression analysis (curve fitting) problems with a program called DataFit which runs on Windows. It has hundreds of regression models which it runs through in ...
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Troubles with FindFit for ODE

I need to use FindFit for ODE with arbitary number of parameters. This code (from documentation) works: ...
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Fitting data with inclusion of constraints

How do I find a fit for the dataS (see below) with the constraint that the parameter np is an integer, and that the parameters la+lc = 100. A weak attempt at this is provided below for a specific ...
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Fitting data to a circle with FindFit

I'm currently trying to use the Mathematica's FindFit command to fit a curve of some data to the bottom half of a circle. The data is of the form ...
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Forcing NonLinearModelFit through a point

Like the title says, is there a way to make an NLM fit pass through a specific point.
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Using List/Histogram Data As A Weighted Function?

I have a list of data points that I would like to use as a weighted fucntion. The data represents the number of particles within a bin of a particle distribution. Ultimately I would like to multiply ...
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Non linear curve fit

I am trying to fit a non linear curve to my data which looks like following The code I am using is following. You can see I have six unknown variables ...
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Is there a way to show some “weighted” residuals after LinearModelFit?

I am fitting some functions to some data and then I want to analyze the residuals of that fit. I'd like to see how those residuals compare to the values of the original data, hence my "weighted" in ...
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Can not understand the code to join points into line segments

I'm reading the CDF file from Making Formulas… for Everything in wolframalpha blog. It's hard for me to understand the In[17] code of function pointListToLines. I especially want to know what the use ...
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BSpline or other curve through arbitrary ordered sequence of two-dimensional points

How does one create a BSplineCurve or other smooth curve passing through each point in an ordered list, where the curve may be non-simple, i.e., can double-back upon itself, loop, and so forth as for ...
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Best fit equation from a scanned image

I am trying to extract a curve from a scanned graph and find a best fit equation. For example, starting from: How could one find an equation starting from the image file ?
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Error associated with parameters in Minimize (or NMinimize) in discrete fitting

my problem goes as follows: I need to a discrete fit of a discrete function. Say I have the following made up data points, which are generated by the parabola ...
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Multi-peak fitting

Suppose we have a data set that looks like this: I have to fit this data to 9 peaks knowing μ and σ beforehand & have to ...
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Fitting parameters of user defined function returning discrete values

So, I'm fairly new to Mathematica (apologies in advance for the noobiness), and I'm having some problems regarding fitting the parameters of a user defined function to data. I'll give a representative ...
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Updating procedural fitting algorithm to more efficient style?

For some time now, I have used this procedural programming approach to fit data in my research that is too cumbersome for the built in Mathematica functions. (Although this simple example works fine ...
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Equation of line from loglog plot

Given some data that looks linear on a ListLogLogPlot, how can I find the correct equation (and particularly, the correct slope of the line)? I have a sample code here ...
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Curve fitting of a list

I have list obtained using an integrals. I want to obtain an analytical formula that fits my list using curve fitting. Please suggest a simple analytical structure that fits my curve. ...
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Using FindFit to return a list of possible best fits

Can I use some variant of FindFit that will return a list of the best fit and some worse fits, not just the best fit? This is for a function where the residual function can have several local ...
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Non linear model fit

I need to fit this, but for some reason I cannot... data = {{0.617,0.8}, {0.605,0.6}, {0.5997,0.4}, {0.5972,0.2}, {0.5985,0.1}}; soln = NonlinearModelFit[data, {y - 2478.82*wlog[kc + 1]}, {y,w,k}, ...
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PenaltyFunction Option in NMinimize

I am curious if anybody has some experience in using the built-in Option "PenaltyFunction" in any of the numerical optimization functions like NMinimize. According to the documentation the user ...
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Findfit doesn't provide reasonable results when fitting a complex function [closed]

I am trying to fit some data using the function which contains two parameters (a, b) as described below. Hope to determine the a, b that best fit the data. My input is: ...
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Simultaneous fitting to multiple data sets with multiple variables and some common parameters [duplicate]

I am trying to fit two data sets to a function model described below which share a few common parameters. Say I have two functions with some common parameter(s) ...
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Comparing two ways of fitting systems of ODEs to data

I'd like to ask you if you see any difference between the two following ways of estimating parameters. Given my system of ordinary differential equations that I want to use to find the values of all ...
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Struggling with FindFit

I'm trying to fit a sinusoidal wave to some numerical data. I can do it by hand using manipulate, so I know roughly the sort of parameter values that I should get back, but functions such as FindFit ...
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2D smoothing spline interpolation

Does Mathematica have 2D smoothing spline interpolation built in? I requires an interpolation method with smooth first derivatives and cubic bivariate splines fulfill this nicely. In python I would ...
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Curve fit based on minimal data

Inspired by the fantastic answers here and here, I would like to ask a questions along similar lines. I have 6 curve types that follow these rules: Type A: If point 1 is positive and point 2 is ...
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How can I obtain a smooth curve from my data but preserve two inversion points

I have a list of data points, {x, y}, my data. When I plot them, the curve is jagged. I want to smooth the curve and preserve the two sharp corners. This is a plot ...
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Fitting ellipse to 5 given points on the plane

Five points are required to define a unique ellipse. An ellipse has five degrees of freedom: the $x$ and $y$ coordinates of each focus, and the sum of the distance from each focus to a point on the ...
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Obtaining the envelope of an oscillating function and perform fitting

There is an elegant way to obtain the envelope of an oscillation function explained here http://mathematica.stackexchange.com/a/27854/15966 My question is how to modify the code below so I can fit ...
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How to regress negative log? [closed]

I made a regression using Linearmodelfit. The residual-fit plot showed that this was not a good approximation. Now I'm trying to use Nonlinearmodelfit. I assume my data to have a negative log look. ...
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Fitting a plane from a set of (x,y,z) values with uncertainties on 3 variables

I would like to fit a plane from a set of measurements (x,y,z) with uncertainties on the 3 variables. Currently I am using the command "LinearModelFit" that computes the best plane but I have a ...
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Non-aggregated solution for NonlinearModelFit [closed]

I try to fit a rather simple functional form to data, lm = NonlinearModelFit[estdata, a + b*x^2, {a, b}, x] obtaining ...
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Convergence Problem using FindFit

I have the following input where there is a convergence problem in the FindFit as shown in the attached figure.The figure shows 2 plots: one of the real data and the other of the fitted line. Any ...
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Saving data from NonlinearModelFit

If you use NonlinearModelFit the results are put into some sort of output package. How do you save these packages so that you can go back to them later? My particular problem is that I generating ...
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Finding exponential model from data [duplicate]

I'm trying to find an exponential model from data for a homework problem. There is an accompanying video explaining how to do the bigger problem but it omits any instructions on the step where the ...