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From Gilles Sadowski <gil...@harfang.homelinux.org>
Subject Re: [Math] Unable to fit a polynomial to data points correctly.
Date Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:23:57 GMT
On Tue, Aug 07, 2012 at 11:59:09PM +0100, Mat Jaggard wrote:
> I have tried to create a polynomial that fits some data using the
> following code:
> 
>                 PolynomialFitter fitter = new PolynomialFitter(14, new
> GaussNewtonOptimizer());
>                 for (int i = 0; i < numValues; i++)
>                 {
>                         fitter.addObservedPoint(xValues[i], yValues[i]);
>                 }
>                 return new PolynomialFunction(fitter.fit());
> 
> I've also tried using a degree of 4. In both cases and using both a
> GaussNewtonOptimizer and a LevenbergMarquardtOptimizer, I'm able to
> get a straight line to be fitted correctly, but the following data
> results with a constant value but very small multipliers for x, and
> higher orders.
> 
> Is anyone able to let me know why this is happening and what I can do about
> it?
> 
> Many thanks,
> Mat.
> 
> The result I get is...
> y = 110.281064 + 0.002316943x - 3.86E-09x^2 + 4.01E-15x^3 - 1.58E-21x^4
> 
> From this data:
> 
> [...]

Plotting those data, and the above polynomial shows that Commons Math did a
decent job. What led you to think that the fit is not correct?
[Maybe the data could be better fitted with another function...]


Regards,
Gilles

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