Symbolic Fitting; fitting as it should be.

fit fitting symbolic
pip install symfit==0.5.2


Please cite this DOI if symfit benefited your publication. Building this has been a lot of work, and as young researchers your citation means a lot to us. Martin Roelfs & Peter C Kroon, symfit. doi:10.5281/zenodo.1133336


Project Goals

The goal of this project is simple: to make fitting in Python 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, Model
import numpy as np

xdata = np.array([1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0])
ydata = np.array([2.3, 3.3, 4.1, 5.5, 6.7])
yerr = np.array([0.1, 0.1, 0.1, 0.1, 0.1])

a, b = parameters('a, b')
x, y = variables('x, y')
model = 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 we use the results?

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

yfit = model(x=xdata, **fit_result.params)[y]
plt.plot(xdata, yfit)
Linear Fit

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

from symfit import parameters, Fit, 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 = Fit(- model, constraints=constraints)
fit_result = fit.execute()

I know what you are thinking. "What if I need to fit to a system of Ordinary Differential Equations?"

from symfit import variables, Parameter, ODEModel, Fit, D
import numpy as np

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('k', 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()

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