Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH307/April 2012/Question 05 (c)
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Question 05 (c) 

You are given a set of 100 data points (x_{n}, y_{n}) with x_{n} increasing. (c) Suppose instead that you choose to make a least square fit of the data points to a quadratic polynomial Write down the MATLAB/Octave command you would use to calculate the coefficients, plot the original data points and plot the quadratic fit (you may assume that vectors and have already been defined). 
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Hint 

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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. A= ones(100,1) for n=1:99 A=[X.^n A]; end a= A'*A\A'*Y plot(X,Y,'or') hold on XX=linspace(X(1),X(100),1000); plot(XX,a(1)*XX.^2+a(2)*XX=C3*ones(1,length(XX))) 