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Re: [Q] How to use NonlinearFit[...]

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  • Subject: [mg902] Re: [Q] How to use NonlinearFit[...]
  • From: rubin at (Paul A. Rubin)
  • Date: Sun, 30 Apr 1995 03:36:31 -0400
  • Organization: Michigan State University

In article <3n9shi$poj at>,
   dave at (David Johnson) wrote:
->I have a set of data that I would like to fit to an equation
->using the following initial equation:  x[[n+1] = A x[[n]] ( 1 - B X[[n]])
->This is a typical nonlinear, dynamical equation used in many texts
->as a function that may interate equations to chaotic states.
->Several people have suggested I use NonlinearFit in the Nonlinear 
->I haven't any clue how to set up this for NonlinearFit.
->I know I must be missing something simple but how can I use NonlinearFit 
->finds the best fit for an equation who's next data point is the result of
->its current fit?  Please excuse my lack of good english communication to 
->communicate what I want, I just hope it's understandable.
->Has anyone a suggestion or a Mathematica text reference.
Lets say x is a vector of length n containing your data, with the oldest 
observation in x[[1]].  Try something like this (after loading 

   Transpose[ {Drop[ x, -1 ], Drop[ x, 1 ]} ], 
   a z (1 - b z), z, {a, b}

Your independent and dependent variables are x with the newest respectively 
oldest observations removed.


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