On 4/28/2010 5:04:18 PM, Stevenlee wrote:
>Is there a Mathcad example in
>this forum that demonstrates a
>sensitivity analysis to
>determine the impact a
>variable has on the system. I
>searched the topics and found
>nothing. A shared example
>would be greatly appreciated.
>Thanks.
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"sensitivity analysis" is vague and should not be confused with UA [Uncertainty Analysis]. Clearly, UA depends upon the measuring equipment or the statistical probability, and are two different matters. Let's say you have a collection of variates, and a modern advanced CAS like Mathcad ... SA is then an obsolete concept that does not apply anymore. By reading Wiki, the author has no idea at all what modern numerical curve fitting can do. He might have a point about the cloud of data to be re-examined later. In the mean time, read example 2 attached [Homographic function]. The sensitivity of the measuring equipment is either very low or the data have been processed to floor/ceiling in bands. Out of the 777 original data, you can experiment decimation and check that the fit at very low number of data [points [as low as 7] does not change or does not change by any mathematical method.
Why is that so, Watson ?
Because the model is the exact model for the data set to be fitted, and the Mathcad solver Minerr is robust and designed around curve fitting of about any model, models visually "simple" or familiar ... to models of great complexity. Data that do represent physical phenomenon(s) will have a model function, known or unknown. If known: no much fun, if unknown: great fun ! Even in the case that no model sufficiently accurate is found, there are all sorts of data cleaning and tools to enable a flawless reconstruct.
More concepts can be considered, like MLE histogram ... etc. Once a model is found and new experiments come out of the lab, no more points than there are parameters are needed. And at this points the sense of "sensitivity analysis" resumes in a minimal collection around the points that best determine the fit. How many points in the "local clouds", that will depend upon the dispersion and can't surely be predicted or can under some statistical method of your choice or otherwise agreed.
Just get convinced with these two examples attached.
If you have data that you can attach, many collabs will attend.
jmG