EzyFit Frequently Asked Questions

EzyFit Frequently Asked Questions



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  1. Why using EzyFit instead of the standard Matlab's "Basic Fitting" tool?
  2. Why using EzyFit instead of MathWorks' "Curve Fitting Toolbox"?
  3. I have two curves in my figure, and I want to fit only the second one!
  4. Why is there no EzyFit menu in my figure?
  5. Can I change the fit color, width, etc.?
  6. I want to fit only part of my data!
  7. I want the fitted parameters of my data, but whithout drawing the curve!
  8. How to change the default color/style of the fits?
  9. What are the "initial guesses"?
  10. What means "(lin)" or "(log)" in the equation box?
  11. Can I extrapolate the fitted curve further than my data range?
  12. Where are stored the values of the fitted parameters?
  13. Can I save a fit equation?
  14. Can I save my own settings configuration?
  15. How does EzyFit work?
  16. Why do I obtain the error 'Maximum number of function evaluations has been exceeded'?
  17. How to uninstall the Ezyfit toolbox?
  18. Why can't I open a figure saved with the Ezyfit menu?


  1. Why using EzyFit instead of the standard Matlab's "Basic Fitting" tool?

    Well, the "Basic Fitting" looks nice, but it only fits polynomials!

  2. Why using EzyFit instead of MathWorks' "Curve Fitting Toolbox"?

    MathWorks' "Curve Fitting Toolbox" does much more than EzyFit. But EzyFit is simpler (you can make it work in 1 minute), and it is free. For most usual problems, EzyFit will surely do the job.

  3. I have two curves in my figure, and I want to fit only the second one!

    First select the curve you want to fit using the pointer (mouse), and then fit it.

  4. Why is there no EzyFit menu in my figure?

    Type efmenu to have the EzyFit menu in your current and all subsequent figures. You may also type
    efmenu install
    to have the EzyFit menu by default in all your figures (this will automatically run efmenu at each Matlab restart).

  5. Can I change the fit color, width, etc.?

    Yes, the fit properties and display settings (color, width, equation box...) can be changed by specifying directly some 'PropertyName/PropertyValue' pairs, when calling showfit, e.g.
    plotsample power
    showfit('a*x^n; n=-1','fitcolor','red','fitlinestyle','--');
    showfit('a*x^n+c_0; n=-1','fitcolor','black','fitlinestyle','-.');
    legend show
    

    See the Settings page for details.
    You may also change the default settings, which are coded in the M-file fitparam.m (click here to open the M-file and follow the instructions).

  6. I want to fit only part of my data!

    If you have Matlab >= 7.6, use the "Data Brushing" tool to select the points you want to fit, and then call ezfit or showfit.

  7. I want to get the fitted parameters of my data, but whithout drawing the curve!

    If your data are X,Y, you just obtain the fitted parameters by
    f = ezfit(x,y,'a*ln(x/c)+k');
    See this question to see how to get the fitted values from f.

  8. How to change the default color/style of the fits?

    See the options fp.fitcolor, fp.fitlinestyle and fp.fitlinewidth in fitparam.

  9. What are the "initial guesses"?

    For nonlinear fits, you should provide initial guesses for the parameters of your fits to "help" the solver to converge towards the "good" values. The solver (the fminsearch function) starts from the initial guesses and then varies the coefficients in an attempt to find the best fit.
    For example, suppose you have the data
    x=1:10;
    y=[15 14.2 13.6 13.2 12.9 12.7 12.5 12.4 12.4 12.2];
    plot(x,y,'*')
    which you want to fit with an exponential decay,
    showfit('cste+a0*exp(-x/L)');
    You will obtain:

    which obvisouly is bad. By default, showfit has used cste=1, a0=1 and L=1, which is too far away from the 'true' coefficients. To specify the intial guess:
    showfit('cste+a0*exp(-x/L); cste=10');
    you now obtain:

    which is clearly much better. In this example, the initial guesses for a0 and L, which are omitted, are 1.
    You may also specify the initial guesses like this:
    showfit('cste+a0*exp(-x/L)',[10 1 1]);
    In this case, you should specify ALL the initial guesses, in the alphabetical order of the parameter names (here L, a0 and cste because L is a capital letter).

  10. What means "(lin)" or "(log)" in the equation box?

    It indicates whether the data itself, say Y, or its logarithm, LOG(Y), has been fitted. By default the mean square procedure is applied to Y if the Y-axis of the current figure is linear, and it is applied LOG(Y) if the Y-axis is logarithmic. For instance, plot a power law in log scales,
    plotsample power
    If you try
    showfit('power')
    the logarithm of the data is fitted. If you turn the Y-axis in linear scale (you may use swy for this) and fit again, you will obtain different values.
    You may also force ezfit to fit Y or LOG(Y) whatever the Y-axis, by specifying the optional argument
    showfit('power;log','fitcolor','blue');
    showfit('power;lin','fitcolor','red');
    See the example:

    In this example, the fit with option log (blue line) "works better" when displayed with a logarithmic Y-axis.

  11. Can I extrapolate the fitted curve further than my data range?

    Yes, see the option fp.extrapol in fitparam.

  12. Where are stored the values of the fitted parameters?

    Fit your data using
    f = ezfit('a*x+b');
    The structure f contains all the informations about your fit. The strings 'a' and 'b' of the parameter names are stored in f.param and their values are in f.m. This works also with showfit.
    You may also directly create in the current workspace a set of variables which contain the values of the fitted parameters:
    makevarfit(f);
    This will create two variables, 'a' and 'b'. You can also set the option 'automakevarfit = on' in fitparam: This will call makevarfit each time ezfit (or showfit) is executed.

  13. Can I save a fit equation?

    Yes. First, you may define your favorite fit equation as a user-defined fit, by typing
    editfit(3,'myspectrum','E(k) = C*k^(-n);  C=0.1; n=2; log');
    This will update the file 'userfit.mat' in the EzyFit directory, so your fit equation may be re-used in a future session. You can now fit your data using this user-defined fit,
    showfit('myspectrum');
    Since a fit equation is a simple string, another way is to create a variable,
    myfit = 'E(k) = C*k^(-n);  C=0.1; n=2; log';
    and to save it in a Mat-file,
    save('myfits.mat','myfit');
    To fit your data with this fit definition, just type
    showfit(myfit);


  14. Can I save my own settings configuration?

    Yes. The default settings (color, width, equation box etc.) are coded in the file fitparam.m. So you may create a copy of this file with your own settings, and you just have to rename the settings file you want to use fitparam.m.

  15. How does EzyFit work?

    The core function of the EzyFit toolbox is ezfit, which is based on Matlab's built-in FMINSEARCH function (Nelder-Mead method). FMINSEARCH performs an unconstrained nonlinear minimization of the SSR (sum of squared residuals) with respect to the various parameters. The additional function showfit simply calls ezfit with graphical output.

  16. Why do I obtain the error 'Maximum number of function evaluations has been exceeded'?

    This error means that FMINSEARCH could not converge towards a solution in a reasonable number of iterations. There is no way for the moment to change this number of iterations in EzyFit. Try to use initial guesses closer to the expected values.

  17. How to uninstall the Ezyfit toolbox?

    See the uninstallation procedure here.

  18. Why can't I open a figure saved with the Ezyfit menu?

    If the Ezyfit toolbox has been installed using efmenu, all saved figures (.fig files) and GUIs created using GUIDE have the Ezyfit menu included (sometimes several occurence of the Ezyfit menu). If you try to open the figure or GUI under a Matlab system without the Ezyfit toolbox, the error ??? Error using ==> struct2handle Undefined function or variable 'efmenu' is issued. Use the function remove_efmenu_fig (introduced in Version 2.40) in order to remove the menu. If you want to uninstall the Ezyfit toolbox, or only the Ezyfit menus, see here.


 

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