[SciPy-User] Sigmoid Curve Fitting

Bruce Southey bsouthey@gmail....
Tue Sep 21 20:18:00 CDT 2010

On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 2:29 PM, Sturla Molden <sturla@molden.no> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Does Scipy contain the ability to fit a sigmoid curve to a set of data
>> points?
>> I found some Numpy code
>> (http://pingswept.org/2009/01/24/least-squares-polynomial-fitting-in-python/)
>> for fitting curves using the least squares method, but it only seems
>> to fit parabolas to my sigmoid data.
> scipy.optimize.leastsq can fit any non-linear regression curve using
> Levenberg-Marquardt. You will have to supply a function that computes the
> residuals, and optionally a function that returns their Jacobian unless
> you want it estimated.
> Sturla
Ignoring that you data is the opposite,  there are a lot of 'growth
curves'  such as Richard's (growth) curve or generalized logistic

Also, you can fit a linear model if your model can be linearized. The
downside is that the errors are multiplicative rather than additive.
For nonlinear models, it usually helps to standardize your data.


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