[SciPy-dev] adding mpfit to scipy optimize (Please respond)

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris@gmail....
Sat May 9 14:54:28 CDT 2009

On Sat, May 9, 2009 at 12:01 PM, Pauli Virtanen <pav@iki.fi> wrote:

> Sat, 09 May 2009 10:07:55 -0600, Charles R Harris wrote:
> > On Sat, May 9, 2009 at 9:55 AM, Pauli Virtanen <pav@iki.fi> wrote:
> >>  Anyway, it might be useful to refactor qrfac and qrsolve out of PFIT;
> >>  there may be other applications when it's useful to be able to solve
> >>  ||(A + I lambda) x - b||_2 = min! efficiently for multiple different
> >>  `lambda` in sequence.
> >
> > This looks like Levenberg-Marquardt. There is a version already in
> I'm not sure I understand what you mean by the above.
> Yes, there's an implementation of Levenberg-Marquardt in MINPACK, but the
> Python code discussed here is exactly a Python port of the MINPACK code,
> with some additional features bolted on.
> For the LSQ problem, course there's numpy.linalg.lstsq, but the point in
> the Minpack version is that you can avoid repeated QR-factorization of
> the matrix A if you want to find the result for many values of the
> parameter lambda. I don't think there's anything like this exposed in
> Scipy; of course the MINPACK codes are there, but are they accessible
> from Python?
> [clip]
> > Not exactly though, the version quoted depends on the column ordering of
> > A. That doesn't look right.
> Ah, I put lambda in the wrong place in the LSQ problem I wrote there, it
> should have been
>        || (A; sqrt(lambda) I) x - (b; 0)||_2 = min!
> which is equivalent to the Levenberg-Marquardt step computation
> (A^T A + I lambda) x = A^T b. This should make more sense...

And in that case the svd of A will do what you need lambda-wise.

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