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### Newton-based methods in optimization vs. solving systems of nonlinear equations

I asked for clarification about a recent question about minpack, and got the following comment: Any system of equations is equivalent to an optimization problem, which is why Newton-based methods ...
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### Least Squares and Fourier Series

I have a little bit of problem figuring out the relation between Fourier series and Least Squares. As far as I understand, LS is a way of minimizing the quadratic error between a measured value $y_i$ ...
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### Least squares approximation question

I am taking a course on scientific computation, and we just went over least squares approximation. My question is specifically about approximating using polynomials. I understand that if you have n+1 ...
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### Formulation of the least-squares parameter estimation problem

I have a system of 10 ordinary differential equations of the form, $$\frac{dy_1}{dt} = f1(V1,k1,y1,y2)\\ \vdots \\ \frac{dy_{10}}{dt} = f_{10}(V_{10},k_{10},y_{9},y_{10})$$ I want to estimate the ...
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### How to solve a small least-squares problem

This question is not very deep. Suppose I have a small rectangular matrix $A$, with number of rows and columns between $50$-$100$, respectively. Given a right-hand side $b$, I want to solve the least-...
I have to find the orthogonal projection of a vector $b$ onto the matrix $A$ of size $m \times n$. In my application, I don't have the luxury of calculating the QR factorization. All I have are ...