       Re: Fitting data to a curve

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• Subject: [mg73260] Re: Fitting data to a curve
• From: "ben" <benjamin.friedrich at gmail.com>
• Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 02:17:25 -0500 (EST)
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```Hi Peter

fit = FindFit[data,
a x^2 + b y^2 + c x y + d x + e y + f, {a, b, c, d, e, f}, {x, y}]

Fit[] = linear fit = easy&stable = no initial guess required
FindFit[] = nonlinear fit = subtle issue = initial guess helps a lot

Always check your fitting results graphically.

bye
Ben

Peter Jay Salzman schrieb:

> I have a table of {x,y} data and a function:
>
>    a y^2 + b x y + c x + d y + e  =  x^2
>
> I'd like to do a least fit to determine the constants a, b, c, d, and e.  I
> think the function I want is Fit[] or FindFit[], but I can't coax Mathematica to do
> this.  I'm not entirely sure what to do with that x^2 since it has no
> coefficient.
>
> I've never used these functions before; how can I do this least squares fit?
>
> Thanks!

```

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