Constrain independent variable in FindFit?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg95379] Constrain independent variable in FindFit?*From*: mickelsp at rice.edu*Date*: Sat, 17 Jan 2009 05:28:10 -0500 (EST)

Hello. I am trying to fit two sets of data (two different quantities, both as a function of time), whose models share common parameters, in a manner similar to this MathGroup post: http://forums.wolfram.com/mathgroup/archive/2008/Jan/msg00155.html I am using the FindFit commmand, and I already successfully specify initial values of the input parameters (I can also constrain them, but am not doing so currently). However, my model is ill-behaved for early times, and the error from the early times outside my range of interest prevents convergence to good parameter values. To avoid the ill-behaved time values and achieve convergence, I would like to limit the search for the fit to a particular range of times (say, t0 to t1). Is it possible to constrain the range of independent variable values for the FindFit function's search? My FindFit function looks something like this: FindFit[newdat, {err[t]}, {{Gamma, 1}, {N0, 2*10^6}}, t], where 'newdat' and 'err[t]' are basically as they are in the aforementioned post except that 'newdat' begins at t=t0 instead of t=0 = and 'err[t]' has been weighted by the uncertainties in my data. I've already looked through Mathematica's documentation and through MathGroup archives without much return. Hopefully someone can provide guidance. Thanks. -- Pascal Pascal Mickelson mickelsp at rice.edu