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

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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 $$ ...