[SciPy-user] optimize.leastsq fit errors?

Scott Ransom ransom at physics.mcgill.ca
Sun Apr 18 10:13:11 CDT 2004

Hi Robert,

This sounds exactly like what I need.  I'll take a look.

Thanks a lot,


On Sun, Apr 18, 2004 at 03:35:07AM -0700, Robert Kern wrote:
> Scott Ransom wrote:
> >Hi all,
> >
> >Is it possible (or does anyone have any add-on functions available) to get 
> >error estimates on the fit parameters using optimize.leastq?  (or 
> >alternatively, the resulting covariance matrix from the fit?)
> If your problem is nonlinear, you can try my bindings to ODRPACK. It's 
> main purpose for existence is to do orthogonal distance regression 
> (errors in both input and output variables), but it can do ordinary 
> least squares just fine. Just a quick note: the standard errors that are 
> reported are scaled by the reduced chi-square value as is sometimes 
> recommended. The full covariance matrix, however, is unscaled.
> http://starship.python.net/crew/kernr/source/odr-0.6.tar.gz
> >Thanks,
> >
> >Scott
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