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Re: Help fitting Exponential curves

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  • Subject: [mg28980] Re: [mg28969] Help fitting Exponential curves
  • From: Simon Chandler <simon_chandler at>
  • Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 04:06:57 -0400 (EDT)
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> 	I am looking to fit some exponential curves to a form of
> 	P=Po*e^(-K*t) where K and Po are values I need. 

This equation requires some method of non-linear fitting. "Non-linear" in the sense that the function is non-linear with respect to its parameters. Fit[] only works for a model that is a linear combination of the basis functions.

There is a non-linear fitting routine in the Statistics`NonlinearFit` package. I suggest you read the manual to the Standard Add-on Packages.

An even better way of doing non-linear fitting is provided by the Experimental Data Analyst package. See
I thoroughly recommend this package.

If you want to read about non-linear fitting methods have a look in the classic Numerical Recipies book. See

Hope that help,


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