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

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How do I find the best parameter to fit my data if the model is a interpolating function?

Hi I have a question regarding to find the best parameters for my model to fit my data. I have 3 ordinary equation, and I now just picked some parameters (...
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Mathematica Complains about Non Symmetric Covariance matrix, when it's not the case

I was doing some fitting with Mathematica7 using NonlinearModelFit. It's quite long the program to do the fit and that's why I am not displaying here ... It goes ok, and I can get the fit parameters ...
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How to find local minima of a multivariate function with singularity?

I am working on a logistic regression problem which requires minimizing a cost function J[{theta0, theta1, theta2}, X, y] to find the optimal value for fitting ...
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Estimate error on slope of linear regression given data with associated uncertainty

Given a set of data, is it possible to create a linear regression which has a slope error that takes into account the uncertainty of the data? This is for a high school class, and so the normal ...
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NonlinearModelFit::cvmit: Failed to converge to the requested accuracy or precision within 100 iterations

I have got a problem in my program with NonlinearModelFit: ...
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Can one force a linear regression fit to go through the origin?

As the question says, can one force a fit through the origin $(0,0)$ as one can when fitting a trendline to your data in MS Excel? If so, how do you do that?
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Fitting a spline to data with FindFit?

I am trying to find a function that fits my almost linear data. A high order polynomial model has too much residual. So I was hoping to use Mathematica to fit splines to the curve. This is what I ...
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How to use FindFit to fit an implicit function?

Now I am trying to fit some data with a implicit model function. Firstly, I tried a toy example. Toy example with input and output ...
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FindFit returns worse result when putting constraints on parameters

I want to fit some data to a model of exponential decay using the FindFit function: ...
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NonlinearModelFit Problem

I have some problems with the NonlinearModelFit: NonlinearModelFit[data, A (1 + Cos[a x]) + B (1 + Cos[b x]) + c , {A, B, a, b, c}, x] The model should fit my ...
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Trying to fit an unknown extreme distribution

First up, I'm quite new to Mathematica so any hints on better code would be greatly appreciated. I have some histogram frequency data from an unknown distribution that I'm trying to fit. Here's the ...
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Finding the linear regression of data and plotting it

This is for a physics report that I have to hand in. I have a list of two-dimensional data points that approximately form a linear line. I want to: calculate the best linear fit. put both data ...
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non-linear trend reduction using thresholds

Doing some mappings of the earth magnetic field results in the left-hand figure below (which consists of 181 profiles): To improve this I tried a non-linear trend reduction using, for example, ...
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How to plot Fit functions?

If I do something like this f[x_]:=x^2 Plot[f[x],{x,1,10}] Mathematica plots the function $f(x)=x^2$, as expected. However, ...
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Creating simple procedure for The Least-Square $m^\text{th}$ Degree Polynomials

I am CS major, taking Computational Numerical Analysis course. Instructor gave us freedom of choice, we were allowed to use anything or any computer language we picked, I picked Mathematica.This is my ...
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Compact Rational Function Fitting

I have some data from a study that I am trying to fit with a rational function of arbitrary form: $y(x) = \frac{\sum_{i=n}^m A_ix^{i/q}}{\sum_{j=o}^p B_jx^{j/r}}$ where $i$, $j$, $k$, $l$, $m$, $n$, ...
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How to predict some constant number of values with NeuralNetworks

Example: << NeuralNetworks` data = {Sin[#]} & /@ Range[0, 4 Pi, 0.5]; learn = data[[1 ;; 15]]; Now, lets fit our neural network: ...
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Why FindFit could not exactly fulfill condition?

I tried to fit some data with boundary conditions, but FindFit just could not work. Does anyone know the reason? Details: The function to be fitted is ...
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Ηow to create an interpolated CDF from its samples?

I want to use a distribution I have only aggregate statistics on, namely its CDF sampled at certain points. I would like to keep it "nonparametric" (remain noncommittal on the parametric form), but I ...
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Finding the area, algebraic curve and jaggedness of an arbitrary shape

I start with a photograph of a shape (physically made by the flow of a liquid into another), of which I can extract the border, manually or using Mathematica's feature detect feature : Using the ...
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Finding a fit to a multi-dimensioned function

I have a model function $f:\mathbb{R}^2\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^2$, and a bunch of data points for which I'd like Mathematica to fit for me. Unfortunately FindFit ...
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Unexpected differences with various uses of NormFunction

I would expect all of the following to give the same answer (2.12467) but only half of them give this answer. The others seem to be using the default ...
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Output of NonlinearModelFit differs from the correct result

I'm having a bad time dealing with the NonlinearModelFit in Mathematica 8, since the result given is a bit imprecise. An example is given on potential regression, ...
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Non-linear trend reduction with missing data

How can I reduce a non-linear trend of some data series if there are parts of "no data", represented by the value 99999? For example: ...
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How to find Matano plane

I have discrete collection of data points (10 to 10^4). I want to describe them by a continuous function and find a x value z, ...
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Data fitting with Image processing feature detection

I have some 2D data that once plotted looks like the following ...
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FindFit returns Infinity::indet error when data contains {0,0}

Let's consider the following data: data = Table[{q, 2*q^2}, {q, 0, 2}]; and then, do a very simple fitting to this data: ...
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Fitting fractional complex data with NonlinearModelfit

I've difficulites with the NonlinearModelFit function. In principle Mathematica should be able to deal with complex data. E.g. if I define the following table ...
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Mathematica envelope for the bottom of a plot, a generic function

I have the following set-up: xaxis = Table[x, {x, 0, 10, 0.01}]; yaxis = Table [Sin[x] + Abs[RandomReal[{-1, 1}]], {x, 0, 10, 0.01}]; ListLinePlot[Transpose[{ xaxis, yaxis}]] My ...
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Problem with NonlinearModelFit

I'm having trouble with a non-linear fit: fit = NonlinearModelFit[data, y0 + A Sin[\[Pi] (x - xc)/w], {y0, xc, A, w}, x] where ...
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Is it possible to use the LevenbergMarquardt algorithm for fitting a black-box residual function?

I have a black-box multiargument multiparametric function of the type SRD[dataPoint_List,params_List] which accepts experimental data along with the parameters of ...
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Using FindFit to fit $a\,b^t$: how to avoid introducing complex numbers?

I'd like to find a model $f(t)=a\,b^t$ which matches the following data ...
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Simultaneously fitting multiple datasets

What is the proposed approach if one wants to simultaneously fit multiple functions to multiple datasets with shared parameters? As an example consider the following case: We have to measurements of ...
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Analytical model fitting

I have a special type of model fitting problem that I am trying to solve in Mathematica. Any insight how to attack it using available tools of Mathematica will be great to hear. We have a variable $$ ...