Polynomial Fit Options

This dialog box is opened when you select the Fit Polynomial... command from the Analysis menu. It allows to choose the curve to fit, the order of the polynomial function to use, the number of points of the resulting curve and the abscissa limits for the fit.

It is also possible to specify how the fit operation responds to modifications of the source data curve using the Recalculate list box. The available options are:

No

- No recalculation when data changes, the fit object is deleted from memory when the operation ends.

Auto

- A recalculation is automatically performed when input data changes.

Manual

- No recalculation is triggered when data changes, instead you can perform a recalculation at any time by pressing the Recalculate button from the Analysis tab of the plot details dialog.

The recalculation mode can be changed later on via the Analysis tab of the plot details dialog.

Figure 5-85. The Polynomial Fit Options dialog box.

If the Apparent Fit option is checked, QtiPlot uses the apparent values for fitting, according to the current axis scales. For example, select this box to fit exponentially decaying data with a straight line fit when data are plotted on a log scale. When this check box is selected and the data has error values associated with it, QtiPlot uses the larger of the positive/negative errors as weight. Apparent Fit is only useful when you fit from a graph and change the plot axis type (from Linear to Log10, for example). If you check this option, QtiPlot will first transform raw data into new data space as specified in the graph axis type, and then fit the curve with the new data. Otherwise, QtiPlot always fits raw data directly, regardless of the axis type. Apparent fit is equivalent to direct fit if you first transform raw data on the worksheet, and leads to completely different results from direct fit if your graph axis is non-linear.

The numerical result of the polynomial fit operation will be listed in the Log Panel. If the option Show Formula on Graph? is checked the result will also be displayed in the output graph window under the form of a new text legend.