# Why does the nonlinear least square method not work well with the function y=kx/(5+cx) ?

patric44
Homework Statement:
why nonlinear least square method will not work well with the function
y=kx/(5+cx)
Relevant Equations:
y=kx/(5+cx)
I was trying to fit a set of data to the nonlinear equation
$$y=\frac{kx}{5+cx}$$
and find the parameters k,c that will result in a best fit, but (I was told without explanation) that the parameters change as we increase x, so regular fitting techniques such as nonlinear least square will not work?
can any one explain this to me, if the parameters vary as a function of the independent variable what is the best way for the fitting, and is that even possible?

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The idea of fitting is based on the assumption that the parameters do NOT change with x.

• patric44 and topsquark
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If there are no limits on the behavior of the parameters ##k## and ##c##, it is not only possible to fit the data, it is too easy. In that case, you could always just set ##c=1## and ##k_i = y_i \frac {5+x_i} {x_i}##. If there are no repeated ##x_i## values associated with non-equal ##y_i## values, this would give you a perfect fit. If there are some repeated values in ##x_i##s, you can just use the mean of the associated ##y_i## values. In some cases, this might give you a reasonable model, but I would not count on it.
You do not say if there is any random behavior in the data, or what the nature of the random behavior might be.

• patric44 and topsquark
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I was told without explanation

Yeah...

What's the range of your ##x## ? If it's in the several thousands ##y## is a constant !

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• patric44 and topsquark
patric44
there is a limit on the values of k,c I suppose, they are related to some constants about the system.
the values of x is discrete like 2,4,6,... and no values in between, the values of y ranges from 100 to say 3000 and so on, what I am confused about is how its possible for a parameter to vary as a function of the independent variable like i was told?!, I mean if they really change then no fit will be accurate? not only the non linear least squares

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