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Nonlinear least square regression

Asked by ameen
on 23 May 2013

Hi all i have 17 observation (x and y) the relation between them as follows

y = 0.392 * (1 - (x / J)) ^ i

i want to use nonlinear least square regression to know J and i

Thanks in advance




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Answer by Eli Duenisch on 23 May 2013
Edited by Eli Duenisch on 23 May 2013
 Accepted answer

Do you have the statistics toolbox installed? It supports nonlinear regression - look for in the docs.


Tom Lane
on 24 May 2013

For modelfun: either write a function or use 'y ~ .392*(1-x/b1)^b2'. The function will be happier if you use names b1/b2 in place of J/I.

For beta0: give a two-element vector with your best guess at b1 and b2. This depends on your data. A good guess gives the function a better shot at solving the problem. If you have real data, you might consider something like b1=2*max(x) to avoid problems with complex numbers.

on 24 May 2013

thank you for your kind reply but i put my x values, then my y values, and put beta0=[0.65,1.1] then i write ,y ,'y=0.392*(1-x/b1)^b2',beta0)

and i received error message ' Undefined variable "nonlinearmodel" or class "".'

Tom Lane
on 24 May 2013

Try capitalized just that way. This should work in the most recent releases of MATLAB. Otherwise try nlinfit.

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