NAME
Math::GSL::Fit  Leastsquares functions for a general linear model with one or twoparameter regression
SYNOPSIS
use Math::GSL::Fit qw/:all/;
DESCRIPTION
The functions in this module perform leastsquares fits to a general linear model, y = X c where y is a vector of n observations, X is an n by p matrix of predictor variables, and the elements of the vector c are the p unknown bestfit parameters which are to be estimated.
Here is a list of all the functions in this module :
 gsl_fit_linear($x, $xstride, $y, $ystride, $n)

This function computes the bestfit linear regression coefficients (c0,c1) of the model Y = c_0 + c_1 X for the dataset ($x, $y), two vectors (in form of arrays) of length $n with strides $xstride and $ystride. The errors on y are assumed unknown so the variancecovariance matrix for the parameters (c0, c1) is estimated from the scatter of the points around the bestfit line and returned via the parameters (cov00, cov01, cov11). The sum of squares of the residuals from the bestfit line is returned in sumsq. Note: the correlation coefficient of the data can be computed using gsl_stats_correlation (see Correlation), it does not depend on the fit. The function returns the following values in this order : 0 if the operation succeeded, 1 otherwise, c0, c1, cov00, cov01, cov11 and sumsq.
 gsl_fit_wlinear($x, $xstride, $w, $wstride, $y, $ystride, $n)

This function computes the bestfit linear regression coefficients (c0,c1) of the model Y = c_0 + c_1 X for the weighted dataset ($x, $y), two vectors (in form of arrays) of length $n with strides $xstride and $ystride. The vector (also in the form of an array) $w, of length $n and stride $wstride, specifies the weight of each datapoint. The weight is the reciprocal of the variance for each datapoint in y. The covariance matrix for the parameters (c0, c1) is computed using the weights and returned via the parameters (cov00, cov01, cov11). The weighted sum of squares of the residuals from the bestfit line, \chi^2, is returned in chisq. The function returns the following values in this order : 0 if the operation succeeded, 1 otherwise, c0, c1, cov00, cov01, cov11 and sumsq.
 gsl_fit_linear_est($x, $c0, $c1, $cov00, $cov01, $cov11)

This function uses the bestfit linear regression coefficients $c0, $c1 and their covariance $cov00, $cov01, $cov11 to compute the fitted function y and its standard deviation y_err for the model Y = c_0 + c_1 X at the point $x. The function returns the following values in this order : 0 if the operation succeeded, 1 otherwise, y and y_err.
 gsl_fit_mul($x, $xstride, $y, $ystride, $n)

This function computes the bestfit linear regression coefficient c1 of the model Y = c_1 X for the datasets ($x, $y), two vectors (in form of arrays) of length $n with strides $xstride and $ystride. The errors on y are assumed unknown so the variance of the parameter c1 is estimated from the scatter of the points around the bestfit line and returned via the parameter cov11. The sum of squares of the residuals from the bestfit line is returned in sumsq. The function returns the following values in this order : 0 if the operation succeeded, 1 otherwise, c1, cov11 and sumsq.
 gsl_fit_wmul($x, $xstride, $w, $wstride, $y, $ystride, $n)

This function computes the bestfit linear regression coefficient c1 of the model Y = c_1 X for the weighted datasets ($x, $y), two vectors (in form of arrays) of length $n with strides $xstride and $ystride. The vector (also in the form of an array) $w, of length $n and stride $wstride, specifies the weight of each datapoint. The weight is the reciprocal of the variance for each datapoint in y. The variance of the parameter c1 is computed using the weights and returned via the parameter cov11. The weighted sum of squares of the residuals from the bestfit line, \chi^2, is returned in chisq. The function returns the following values in this order : 0 if the operation succeeded, 1 otherwise, c1, cov11 and sumsq.
 gsl_fit_mul_est($x, $c1, $cov11)

This function uses the bestfit linear regression coefficient $c1 and its covariance $cov11 to compute the fitted function y and its standard deviation y_err for the model Y = c_1 X at the point $x. The function returns the following values in this order : 0 if the operation succeeded, 1 otherwise, y and y_err.
For more informations on the functions, we refer you to the GSL offcial documentation: http://www.gnu.org/software/gsl/manual/html_node/
EXAMPLES
This example shows how to use the function gsl_fit_linear. It's important to see that the array passed to to function must be an array reference, not a simple array. Also when you use strides, you need to initialize all the value in the range used, otherwise you will get warnings.
my @norris_x = (0.2, 337.4, 118.2, 884.6, 10.1, 226.5, 666.3, 996.3,
448.6, 777.0, 558.2, 0.4, 0.6, 775.5, 666.9, 338.0,
447.5, 11.6, 556.0, 228.1, 995.8, 887.6, 120.2, 0.3,
0.3, 556.8, 339.1, 887.2, 999.0, 779.0, 11.1, 118.3,
229.2, 669.1, 448.9, 0.5 ) ;
my @norris_y = ( 0.1, 338.8, 118.1, 888.0, 9.2, 228.1, 668.5, 998.5,
449.1, 778.9, 559.2, 0.3, 0.1, 778.1, 668.8, 339.3,
448.9, 10.8, 557.7, 228.3, 998.0, 888.8, 119.6, 0.3,
0.6, 557.6, 339.3, 888.0, 998.5, 778.9, 10.2, 117.6,
228.9, 668.4, 449.2, 0.2);
my $xstride = 2;
my $wstride = 3;
my $ystride = 5;
my ($x, $w, $y);
for my $i (0 .. 175)
{
$x>[$i] = 0;
$w>[$i] = 0;
$y>[$i] = 0;
}
for my $i (0 .. 35)
{
$x>[$i*$xstride] = $norris_x[$i];
$w>[$i*$wstride] = 1.0;
$y>[$i*$ystride] = $norris_y[$i];
}
my ($status, @results) = gsl_fit_linear($x, $xstride, $y, $ystride, 36);
AUTHORS
Jonathan "Duke" Leto <jonathan@leto.net> and Thierry Moisan <thierry.moisan@gmail.com>
COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE
Copyright (C) 20082011 Jonathan "Duke" Leto and Thierry Moisan
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.