How can I fit this data?

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Toon on 24 Feb 2020
Commented: Rik on 28 Feb 2020
Hi everyone,
I am struggling with the following problem:
I have a dataset (Map3D.mat file is included) for which I am trying to fit a function where I have 3 variables and one value for a combination of these 3 variables.
The variables are engine power, altitude and speed. The value is the fuel consumption of the engine. I want to fit this fuel consumption data with a function in such a way that engine power, altitude and speed are input variables and fuel consumption is the output variable. Is this possible? I have been trying stuff with fitnlm but I cannot get it working. I dont get how I can change my data structure to the required format. The Map3D.mat file is structured as follows: 7x21x4 (speed x power x altitude). With a speedvector from as Speed = 0:10:60, a powervector as Power = 5:10:205 and an altitudevector as Altitude = [0 300 600 700].
Currently I found a workaround with the interp3 function which works okay, however it increases the computation time of my code significantly compared to a function evaluation because it gets called often as it is within an iteration loop. I also expect my code to converge faster with a function which fits the desribed dataset.
I am really looking forward to see what you guys think!
darova on 24 Feb 2020
What about griddedInterpolant / scatteredInterpolant? It creates function only once

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Accepted Answer

Rik on 24 Feb 2020
Edited: Rik on 24 Feb 2020
Your model function contains some redundant terms that should be merged. Below you find the code to estimate your parameters and how to use that fit. Note that your model returns inf for most parameter sets for the cases where speed is 0. How to deal with that is up to you.
You should note that fminsearch is fairly sensitive to the initial guess, so if you have better ones you might not even have to remove the speed==0. It is also possible to implement bounds by letting the OLS return inf for fit values outside of an allowed range.
%load data from mat file
Speed = 0:10:60;
Power = 5:10:205;
Altitude = [0 300 600 700];
%remove all speed==0 since that returns a value of inf when evaluated
b_initial_guess=[-10 0.1 -200 -0.05 50 40];
%objective least squares function (requires scalar/vector input)
OLS=@(b,x,y,z,v) sum((MyFun(b,x,y,z) - v).^2);
opts = optimset('MaxFunEvals',50000, 'MaxIter',10000);
% Use fminsearch to minimise the 'OLS' function
b_fitted=fminsearch(OLS, b_initial_guess(:), opts,S(:),P(:),A(:),Map3D(:));
fprintf('%.4e ',b_fitted)
%you can calculate the predicted values like this:
%(copied from before, but you should keep it as a variable)
b_fitted=[1.6348e+02 1.0524e-05 -3.2690e-03 6.0934e-08 -1.8714e-04 5.3567e-01 ];
Speed = 0:10:60;
Power = 5:10:205;
Altitude = [0 300 600 700];
%check quality of fit:
fprintf(['difference between non-inf fitted values and true values ',...
'is:\nmean= %.2e\nabs max= %.2e\n\n'],mean(delta),max(abs(delta)))
function val=MyFun(b,Power,Speed,Altitude)
% val = Power.^-b(1) ...
% +b(2) ...
% +b(3)*Speed.^2 ...
% +b(4).*Speed ...
% +b(5) ...
% +b(6)*Altitude.^2 ...
% +b(7)*Altitude ...
% +b(8);
val = Power.^-b(1) ...
+b(2)*Speed.^2 ...
+b(3).*Speed ...
+b(4)*Altitude.^2 ...
+b(5)*Altitude ...
Rik on 28 Feb 2020
You're welcome, glad to be of help.

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More Answers (1)

Alex Sha
Alex Sha on 25 Feb 2020
Hi, toon, how about the model function below:
z = (p1+p2*x+p3*x^2+p4*y+p5*y^2)/(1+p6*x+p7*x^2+p8*x^3+p9*y+p10*y^2);
where x: speedvector, y:Power
Root of Mean Square Error (RMSE): 0.00691844326129822
Sum of Squared Residual: 0.007036134002491
Correlation Coef. (R): 0.998274976728469
R-Square: 0.996552929162226
Adjusted R-Square: 0.996480612990804
Determination Coef. (DC): 0.996552929142504
Chi-Square: 0.0077055307148613
F-Statistic: 4400.72826907425
Parameter Best Estimate
---------- -------------
p1 0.819461830220929
p2 -0.00987471483675952
p3 0.000133551058989172
p4 0.103028178545445
p5 0.00153694829659665
p6 0.00317128381400631
p7 9.70005191197044E-5
p8 3.74684931649973E-6
p9 0.0777991586491392
p10 0.00764599134548915
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Toon on 25 Feb 2020
Hi Alex,
This seems promising, but how did you get to this function and the coefficients if I may ask? I also cannot find an altitude variable in your model function, is this correct? Also, The fit doesn’t seem that smooth to me, this will lead to convergence issues with my code.

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