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Mathematica - FindFit with complex numbers

  1. Sep 9, 2008 #1
    Is there any way to use the FindFit function with complex data/functions, but to only return real results for the parameters?

    Right now I'm getting the following error:

    FindFit::nrnum: The function value 62.6185+25.5493i is not a real number at {c1f,c2f} = {1.,1.}.

    From the code:

    FindFit[data, {model, {Im[c1f] == 0, Im[c2f] == 0}}, {c1f, c2f}, x]

    Alternatively, is there any way to fit the same parameters in 2 functions to 2 different data sets simultaneously? (then I could just separate the real and imaginary parts, and fit them both)

    Thanks in advance.
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  3. Oct 16, 2009 #2
    Have exactly the same problem here....

    With the same error...
  4. Oct 16, 2009 #3


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    But if the function is returning a complex result, do you just want the real part? Or only parts of the function where its is ONLY real?
  5. Oct 16, 2009 #4
    Sorry littlepig, I never did figure it out. I would still be curious to know how to do it if anyone else here knows. Originally (the first post was over a year ago) I had wanted to fit a complex function to complex data, using 2 real parameters. I ended up using a different approach to solve my original problem. I guess you could define the chi squared function and then use minimize or nminimize...
  6. Oct 17, 2009 #5
    Suppose the example:

    model = a^b*t^2+i a^2*b*exp[t] where (t,a,b in real)

    data= {{t,x(t)+y(t) i},...} where y and x are real (data is the experimental data...numbers...)


    Thanks, it's a possible solution...:p
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