Plotting a spiral with SigmaPlot

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I am trying to use the 'Regression Wizard' in SigmaPlot to obtain a best-fit curve to a data set of ~15 data points that map out a spiral. None of the equation categories given in the regression wizard seem to work (i.e. polynomial, exponential, logarithm, hyperbola etc. etc.) and I am unsure how to set a user defined equation to the data set.

It's a logarithmic spiral so I'm assuming the eqn in polar co-ords should be;

r(theta)=a*exp(b*theta)

parametrically it should be;

x=r*cos(theta)=a*cos(theta)*exp(b*theta)
y=r*sin(theta)=a*sin(theta)*exp(b*theta)

and in cartesian co-ords;

x^2+y^2=exp((theta)*cot(a))

Any advice on SigmaPlot or plotting spirals in general will be greatly appreciated!!!
 

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Hi,
i hope this link might be useful
http://www1.webng.com/economics/logspiral.txt [Broken]

source Mishra
 
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