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How do i fit my data with two functions and a knot between them

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I am trying to fit the data in the graph below. The fit should be composed of two functions.
f(x) for x<k
g(x) for x>k
I do not know if it is needed but this are the two functions:
f(x) = 3/4*b*((a-x)/a-(a-x)^3/3a^3+2/3)+c
g(x) = d
The function g(x) is just a constant line and should fit the data approximately between 3.5 and 7. a,b and c are parameters of the fit.


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Sky Sartorius
Sky Sartorius on 27 Jan 2017
Edited: Sky Sartorius on 27 Jan 2017
The tanh function can be handy for creating a one-liner piece-wise function for feeding into a curve fitting tool. If you don't have the curve fitting toolbox, check out In the ezfit tool, I can ask it to fit my own equation of the form:
(0.5-tanh((x-k)/eps)/2)*(F1) + (0.5+tanh((x-k)/eps)/2)*(F2);
In your case, replace F1 and F2 with your fit functions:
(0.5-tanh((x-k)/eps)/2)*(3/4*b*((a-x)/a-(a-x)^3/3*a^3+2/3)+c) + (0.5+tanh((x-k)/eps)/2)*(d);
You can also get some a priori information from your data that will help constrain the problem and help it converge to a good fit, for example you can bound d to be between the min and max of your data y values, and similarly for k and the data x values.

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