[Numpy-discussion] lsq problem

Tommy Grav tgrav@mac....
Wed Feb 14 20:48:44 CST 2007

I need to fit a gaussian profile to a set of points and would like to  
use scipy (or numpy) to
do the least square fitting if possible. I am however unsure if the  
proper routines are
available, so I thought I would ask to get some hints to get going in  
the right direction.

The input are two 1-dimensional arrays x and flux, together with a  

def Gaussian(a,b,c,x1):
	return a*exp(-(pow(x1,2)/pow(c,2))) - c

I would like to find the values of (a,b,c), such that the difference  
between the gaussian
and fluxes are minimalized. Would scipy.linalg.lstsq be the right  
function to use, or is this
problem not linear? (I know I could find out this particular problem  
with a little research, but
I am under a little time pressure and I can not for the life of me  
remember my old math
classes). If the problem is not linear, is there another function  
that can be used or do I have
to code up my own lstsq function to solve the problem?

Thanks in advance for any hints to the answers.


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