I am trying to find linear decomposition of vector B (of arbitrary dimension $n$) in the form :

$B = \alpha_{1} C_{1} + \alpha_{2} C_{2} + ...$

where $C_{i}$ are known vectors (of dimension $n$) and $\alpha_{i}$ are scalars (to be determined).

I am trying to do it using LinearFitModel, but I have trouble understanding how it works in my case from the Mathematica documentation. I tried :

X = Transpose[{C1,C2,C3,X}]
f = Transpose[{C1,C2,C3}]
t = Table[i,{i,1,Length[X]}]

but I get the following error :

LinearModelFit::fitm: Unable to solve for the fit parameters; the design matrix is nonrectangular, non-numerical, or could not be inverted.

Has someone experience with this ?

Many thanks in advance,


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    $\begingroup$ LinearSolve[] looks to be better for this. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 9:42
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    – Michael E2
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 9:54

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This is equivalent to the matrix equation C.x=B, where the columns of C are your vectors Ci. As "Guess who it is" noted, this can be worked with LinearSolve[], or you can RowReduce[] the augmented matrix [C|B] to find a general solution.


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