I use the following code to fit some data given in a previous question of mine:

data = Import["https://pastebin.com/raw/gHdYLCbA", "Table"]

fit = Piecewise[{{a1 Sqrt[x], x < 10^4}, {(
     a3/x Log[1 + a4/x + a5 x]*a2 x^0.45)/(
     a3/x Log[1 + a4/x + a5 x] + a2 x^0.45), 10^4 < x < 2*10^6}}];
model = NonlinearModelFit[
  Transpose[{data[[All, 1]]*10^6, data[[All, 2]]*19.32}], {fit, 
   a4 > 0 && a5 > 0}, {a1, a2, a3, a4, a5}, x, Method -> "NMinimize", 
  MaxIterations -> 1000]

  Transpose[{data[[All, 1]]*10^6, data[[All, 2]]*19.32}], 
  PlotRange -> All], 
 LogLogPlot[model[x], {x, 100, 2000000}, PlotRange -> All, 
  PlotStyle -> {Red, Thick}]]

The result is

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How can I improve the fit?

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    $\begingroup$ You probably want to rescale your data back to values on the order of 1 before you fit. Nonlinear models are difficult to fit when the values are all over the place. Furthermore, the fact that you're plotting the data in log-log space indicates that you should probably not fit y as a function of x, but Log[y] as a function of Log[x]. If you fit y[x], then the fit will only be sensitive to the large values of y, which is precisely what you're seeing here. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 3, 2018 at 12:52

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You can use Quantile Regression. Below is code that uses the (recently proclaimed) package MonadicQuantileRegression.m.

I specified a special list of B-spline basis knots in order to avoid aliasing effects. The relative errors plot shows a good fit. Then regression function is then taken out of the monad and its piecewise form is simplified.


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data = Import["https://pastebin.com/raw/gHdYLCbA", "Table"];

p =
   QRMonQuantileRegression[Join[Range[0, 1, 0.1], Range[1.1, 1.1 Max[data[[All, 1]]], 0.3]],0.5]⟹

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fitFunc = First[p⟹QRMonTakeRegressionFunctions][x];

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