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Symbolic Fitting; fitting as it should be.

Project Description

Project Goals

The goal of this project is simple: to make fitting in Python sexy and pythonic. What does pythonic fitting look like? Well, there’s a simple test. If I can give you pieces of example code and don’t have to use any additional words to explain what it does, it’s pythonic.

from symfit import parameters, variables, Fit

xdata = [1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0]
ydata = [2.3, 3.3, 4.1, 5.5, 6.7]
yerr = [0.1, 0.1, 0.1, 0.1, 0.1]

a, b = parameters('a, b')
x, y = variables('x, y')
model = {y: a * x + b}

fit = Fit(model, x=xdata, y=ydata, sigma_y=yerr)
fit_result = fit.execute()

Cool right? So now that we have done a fit, how do can we use the results?

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

y = model(x=xdata, **fit_result.params)
plt.plot(xdata, y)

Need I say more? How about I let another code example do the talking?

from symfit import parameters, Maximize, Equality, GreaterThan

x, y = parameters('x, y')
model = 2 * x * y + 2 * x - x**2 - 2 * y**2
constraints = [
    Equality(x**3, y),
    GreaterThan(y, 1),

fit = Maximize(model, constraints=constraints)
fit_result = fit.execute()

“But what if I need to fit to an ODE?”

from symfit import variables, Parameter, ODEModel, Fit, D

tdata = np.array([10, 26, 44, 70, 120])
adata = 10e-4 * np.array([44, 34, 27, 20, 14])

a, b, t = variables('a, b, t')
k = Parameter(0.1)

model_dict = {
    D(a, t): - k * a**2,
    D(b, t): k * a**2,

ode_model = ODEModel(model_dict, initial={t: 0.0, a: 54 * 10e-4, b: 0.0})

fit = Fit(ode_model, t=tdata, a=adata, b=None)
fit_result = fit.execute()

For more fitting delight, check the docs at

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