VF_nonlinfit VD_nonlinfit VE_nonlinfit
VF_nonlinfitwW VD_nonlinfitwW VE_nonlinfitwW
Functionfit y=f(x) data to a model-function which may be nonlinear in its parameters
Syntax C/C++#include <MFstd.h>
float VF_nonlinfit( fVector A, iVector AStatus, unsigned npars,
    fVector X, fVector Y, ui sizex,
    void modelfunc(fVector YModel, fVector XModel, ui size),
    void derivatives(fVector dYdAi, fVector X, ui size, unsigned iPar),
    VF_NONLINFITOPTIONS *FitOpts,
    VF_NONLINFITWORKSPACE *WorkSpace );

float VF_nonlinfitwW( fVector A, fMatrix Covar, iVector AStatus, unsigned npars,
    fVector X, fVector Y, fVector InvVar, ui sizex,
    void modelfunc(fVector YModel, fVector X, ui size),
    void derivatives(fVector dYdAi, fVector X, ui size, unsigned i),
    VF_NONLINFITOPTIONS *FitOpts,
    VF_NONLINFITWORKSPACE *WorkSpace );

Syntax C/C++ simplified#include <MFstd.h>
float VF_nonlinfit( fVector A, iVector AStatus, unsigned npars,
    fVector X, fVector Y, ui sizex,
    void modelfunc(fVector YModel, fVector XModel, ui size),
    void derivatives(fVector dYdAi, fVector X, ui size, unsigned iPar) );

float VF_nonlinfitwW( fVector A, fMatrix Covar, iVector AStatus, unsigned npars,
    fVector X, fVector Y, fVector InvVar, ui sizex,
    void modelfunc(fVector YModel, fVector X, ui size),
    void derivatives(fVector dYdAi, fVector X, ui size, unsigned i) );

C++ MatObj#include <OptiVec.h>
void vector<T>::nonlinfit( const vector<int>& AStatus,
    const vector<T>& X, const vector<T>& Y,
    void modelfunc(fVector YModel, fVector XModel, ui size),
    void derivatives(fVector dYdAi, fVector X, ui size, unsigned iPar),
    VF_NONLINFITOPTIONS *FitOpts,
    VF_NONLINFITWORKSPACE *WorkSpace );

void vector<T>::nonlinfitwW( matrix<T> Covar, const vector<int>& AStatus,
    const vector<T>& X, const vector<T>& Y, const vector<T>& InvVar,
    void modelfunc(fVector YModel, fVector XModel, ui size),
    void derivatives(fVector dYdAi, fVector X, ui size, unsigned iPar),
    VF_NONLINFITOPTIONS *FitOpts,
    VF_NONLINFITWORKSPACE *WorkSpace );

void vector<T>::nonlinfitwW( matrix<T>* Covar, const vector<int>& AStatus,
    const vector<T>& X, const vector<T>& Y, const vector<T>& InvVar,
    void modelfunc(fVector YModel, fVector XModel, ui size),
    void derivatives(fVector dYdAi, fVector X, ui size, unsigned iPar),
    VF_NONLINFITOPTIONS *FitOpts,
    VF_NONLINFITWORKSPACE *WorkSpace );

C++ MatObj simplified#include <OptiVec.h>
void vector<T>::nonlinfit( const vector<int>& AStatus,
    const vector<T>& X, const vector<T>& Y,
    void modelfunc(fVector YModel, fVector XModel, ui size),
    void derivatives(fVector dYdAi, fVector X, ui size, unsigned iPar) );

void vector<T>::nonlinfitwW( matrix<T> Covar, const vector<int>& AStatus,
    const vector<T>& X, const vector<T>& Y, const vector<T>& InvVar,
    void modelfunc(fVector YModel, fVector XModel, ui size),
    void derivatives(fVector dYdAi, fVector X, ui size, unsigned iPar) );

void vector<T>::nonlinfitwW( matrix<T>* Covar, const vector<int>& AStatus,
    const vector<T>& X, const vector<T>& Y, const vector<T>& InvVar,
    void modelfunc(fVector YModel, fVector XModel, ui size),
    void derivatives(fVector dYdAi, fVector X, ui size, unsigned iPar) );

Pascal/Delphiuses VFnlfit;
function VF_nonlinfit( A: fVector; AStatus: iVector; nParameters: UInt;
    X, Y: fVector; sizex:UIntSize;
    ModelFunc, Derivatives: Pointer;
    FitOpts: PVF_NONLINFITOPTIONS;
    WorkSpace: PVF_NONLINFITWORKSPACE ): Single;

function VF_nonlinfitwW( A: fVector; Covar: fMatrix; AStatus: iVector; nParameters: UInt;
    X, Y, InvVar:fVector; sizex:UIntSize;
    ModelFunc, Derivatives: Pointer;
    FitOpts: PVF_NONLINFITOPTIONS;
    WorkSpace: PVF_NONLINFITWORKSPACE ): Single;

Pascal/Delphi simplifieduses VFnlfit;
function VF_nonlinfit( A: fVector; AStatus: iVector; nParameters: UInt;
    X, Y: fVector; sizex:UIntSize;
    ModelFunc, Derivatives: Pointer ): Single;

function VF_nonlinfitwW( A: fVector; Covar: fMatrix; AStatus: iVector; nParameters: UInt;
    X, Y, InvVar:fVector; sizex:UIntSize;
    ModelFunc, Derivatives: Pointer ): Single;

DescriptionThe input data X, Y (and InvVar) are used to evaluate the parameter array A with npars elements ai of an arbitrary model function y = f(x).

Arguments:
Avector of size npars; returns the coefficients
Covarmatrix of dimensions [npars, npars]; returns the covariances of the coefficients
AStatusvector of size npars; decides which parameters are treated as free or as fixed
nparstotal number of parameters
X, Y, InvVarvectors of size sizex, holding the input data
modelfuncuser-defined model function
derivativesuser-defined function, calculating the partial derivatives with respect to all parameters
FitOptspointer to a structure containing options, see chap. 13.3
WorkSpacepointer to a structure holding internal variables, see chap. 13.3
 
The model function (and, consequently, the vector A as well) may actually contain more parameters than you wish to treat as adjustable. This is why you have to provide an additional vector, AStatus, which contains the necessary information about which parameters are to be held fixed at their input values (AStatus[i] = 0) and which are free (AStatus[i] = 1). All parameters must be initialized in A prior to calling VF_nonlinfit. The better your initial guess of the parameters, the faster VF_nonlinfit shall converge. The argument npars denotes the total number of parameters in A (not only the free parameters!).

You must provide a model function "modelfunc" which, for a given vector of x-values, must calculate the corresponding "theoretical" y-values. In C/C++, it has to be defined as

Model function for C/C++ void _cdecl MyFunc( fVector Y, fVector X, ui size )
{
  for (ui i=0; i<size; i++ )
    Y[i] = f( X[i] );
}
f( X[i] )
is any arbitrary function, which may be as complicated as you like and your application needs. The only condition is that it have no singularities, at least within the parameter space specified by upper and lower boundaries (see NONLINFITOPTIONS).
In addition to the model function, VF_nonlinfit needs the partial derivatives of Y with respect to all parameters A[ipar], according to your model. If you know them analytically, you should write a function MyDerivs. If you happen to know only some, but not all of the partial derivatives, you may rely on VF_nonlinfit_autoDeriv to calculate the unknown derivatives numerically.
Partial derivatives coded for C/C++ VF_NONLINFITWORKSPACE WorkSpace; /* this should be a global variable, the same as passed to VF_nonlinfit */

void _cdecl MyDerivs( fVector dYdAi, fVector X, ui size, unsigned ipar )
{
  ui i;
  switch( ipar )
  {
    case 0: for(i=0; i<size; i++ )
              dYdAi[i] = part_derv_of_Y_w_resp_to_A0( X[i] );
    break;
    case 1: for(i=0; i<size; i++ )
              dYdAi[i] = part_derv_of_Y_w_resp_to_A1( X[i] );
    break;
    default: /* for all derivatives we don't know: */
            VF_nonlinfit_autoDeriv( dYdAi, X, size:UIntSize; ipar, &WorkSpace);
  }
}

A call to VF_nonlinfit will look like:
VF_nonlinfit( A, AStatus, npars, X, Y, sizex, MyFunc, MyDerivs, &FitOpts, &WorkSpace );
or, in simplified syntax (only if no explicit call to VF_nonlinfit_autoDeriv has to be made):
VF_nonlinfit( A, AStatus, npars, X, Y, sizex, MyFunc, MyDerivs );
In case you do not know any of the partial derivatives, do not define MyDerivs, but call VF_nonlinfit with derivatives = NULL:
VF_nonlinfit( A, AStatus, npars, X, Y, sizex, MyFunc, NULL );
 

Model function for Pascal/Delphi In Pascal/Delphi, the model function has to be defined as
procedure MyFunc( Y, X:fVector; size:UIntSize );
var i:UIntSize;
begin
  for i:=0 to size-1 do
    VF_Pelement( Y, i )^ := f( VF_element( X, i ) );
end;
f( X[i] )
is any arbitrary function, which may be as complicated as you like and your application needs. The only condition is that it have no singularities, at least within the parameter space specified by upper and lower boundaries (see NONLINFITOPTIONS).
In addition to the model function, VF_nonlinfit needs the partial derivatives of Y with respect to all parameters A[ipar], according to your model. If you know them analytically, you should write a function MyDerivs. If you happen to know only some, but not all of the partial derivatives, you may rely on VF_nonlinfit_autoDeriv to calculate the unknown derivatives numerically.
Partial derivatives coded for Pascal/Delphi var WorkSpace: VF_NONLINFITWORKSPACE; (* this should be a global variable, the same as passed to VF_nonlinfit *)

procedure MyDerivs( dYdAi, X:fVector; size:UIntSize; ipar:UInt );
var i:UIntSize;
begin
  case ipar of
    0: begin
      for i:=0 to size-1 do
        VF_Pelement( dYdAi, i )^ :=
        part_derv_of_Y_w_resp_to_A0(VF_element( X, i )); end;
    1: begin
      for i:=0 to size-1 do
        VF_Pelement( dYdAi, i )^ :=
        part_derv_of_Y_w_resp_to_A0(VF_element( X, i )); end;
  else (* for all derivatives we don't know: *)
    VF_nonlinfit_autoDeriv( dYdAi, X, size:UIntSize; ipar, @WorkSpace );
  end;
end;

A call to VF_nonlinfit will look like:
VF_nonlinfit( A, AStatus, npars, X, Y, sizex, @MyFunc, @MyDerivs, @FitOpts, @WorkSpace );
or, in simplified syntax (only if no explicit call to VF_nonlinfit_autoDeriv has to be made):
VF_nonlinfit( A, AStatus, npars, X, Y, sizex, @MyFunc, @MyDerivs );

Note the address-of operator in front of "MyFunc." and "MyDerivs". In case you do not know any of the partial derivatives, do not define MyDerivs, but call VF_nonlinfit with derivatives = nil:
VF_nonlinfit( A, AStatus, npars, X, Y, sizex, @MyFunc, nil );

In the weighted variant, VF_nonlinfitwW, the vector InvVar has to contain the inverse of the variances of the individual X-Y data points, and the matrix MCovar will be filled with the covariances of the parameters ai on output: MCovari,j = covariance( ai, aj ).
 

Both C/C++ and Pascal/Delphi: For the many different options controlling nonlinear data-fitting functions, please consult chapter 13.3. Helper functions for breaking off excessively long fitting runs and for the monitoring of these often very time-consuming procedures are summarized in chapter 13.5 and, in the special case of VF_nonlinfit, described here.
Multi-threading restrictionsThe multi-threading restrictions, present in OptiVec versions up to and including 6.1, have been lifted with v6.2.

These functions may not be called while the FPU is set to reduced accuracy, or else they might hang in an infinite loop. See V_setFPAccuracy.

Error handlingIf the number of free parameters (i.e., those with AStatus[i] = 1) exceeds the total number of data points, an error message "Invalid parameter(s)" is generated and the program aborted.
Return valuein case of success: goodness-of-fit parameter c2 (chi-square);
in case of failure: -1
See alsoVF_setNonlinfitOptions,   MF_nonlinfit,   VF_multiNonlinfit,   VF_linfit,   chapter 13,  FITDEMO*.*

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