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## Need help understanding Syntax of linfit function?

Dear Community:

I am a very new user of MathCad, and I need help understanding the syntax of the linfit function.  (At least I think it's a syntax issue).

I built a small worksheet to look at various curve fitting functions (it grew out of a need from a work related worksheet; I have hand entered some of the data and changed to units to make the example sheet self-contained).  I successfully parroted the linfit example for a quadratic fit (a*x^2+b*x+c), but I could not extend it successfully for a cubic fit (a*x^3+b*x^2+cx+d).  I could successfully build a cubic fit using polyc.

I enclose the worksheet:

Page 1: Data

Page 2: Cubic Spline

Page 3: Straight Line

Page 4: Quadratic linfit (and polyc)

Page 6: Cubic linfit (and polyc)         <---- This is where it goes wrong

Any insights would be appreciated.

Regards,

Bob

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## Re: Need help understanding Syntax of linfit function?

Thank you for your answers.  However, I am still perplexed.  I have enclosed a PDF of my worksheet for those with Prime 3.

Page 6, from the PDF is repeated here:

(ps, qres) are x,y values.  I print out the coefficients from both linfit and polyc (they come out in reverse order, but you can look at the units to compare).  The coefficients for x^3 and x^2 are arguably zero.  But the linear and constant terms are very, very different.  This difference is plotted on page 7 (reproduced here):

The results from polyc seem reasonable, those from linfit do not.

I think that I'm using the correct syntax - but clearly that isn't so!

Regards,

Bob

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## Re: Need help understanding Syntax of linfit function?

I can't open your file, so I can't see what you did.  But this is linfit in Prime 3.0:

If we knew that the linear term wasn't there, we could modify the function:

## Re: Need help understanding Syntax of linfit function?

This document is for Mathcad Prime 4.0 version.

## Re: Need help understanding Syntax of linfit function?

Thank you for your answers.  However, I am still perplexed.  I have enclosed a PDF of my worksheet for those with Prime 3.

Page 6, from the PDF is repeated here:

(ps, qres) are x,y values.  I print out the coefficients from both linfit and polyc (they come out in reverse order, but you can look at the units to compare).  The coefficients for x^3 and x^2 are arguably zero.  But the linear and constant terms are very, very different.  This difference is plotted on page 7 (reproduced here):

The results from polyc seem reasonable, those from linfit do not.

I think that I'm using the correct syntax - but clearly that isn't so!

Regards,

Bob

## Re: Need help understanding Syntax of linfit function?

Hi Robert,

Are you still having the issue or has it been solved?

I see you have marked your last post as correct, but within, your text hints that you are still having the issue.

Thank you for clarifying.

Best,

Toby

## Re: Need help understanding Syntax of linfit function?

I can duplicate this exact problem in Prime 3.0,  Linfit gives an incorrect response.

I think you found a bug!

Note that "polyfit" (without the "c") will create a function:  Y := poltfit (ps,qres,3)  then Y(pres)= will give the function evaluated at "pres".  But you probably already knew that!  😉

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