About this book
Non-Linear Estimation is a handbook for the practical statistician or modeller interested in fitting and interpreting non-linear models with the aid of a computer. A major theme of the book is the use of 'stable parameter systems'; these provide rapid convergence of optimization algorithms, more reliable dispersion matrices and confidence regions for parameters, and easier comparison of rival models. The book provides insights into why some models are difficult to fit, how to combine fits over different data sets, how to improve data collection to reduce prediction variance, and how to program particular models to handle a full range of data sets. The book combines an algebraic, a geometric and a computational approach, and is illustrated with practical examples. A final chapter shows how this approach is implemented in the author's Maximum Likelihood Program, MLP.
Curve fitting Fitting Likelihood Variance algorithms linear optimization optimization