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Fits a polynomial to the top/(bottom) of data.


[b,resnorm,residual,options] = lsq2top(x,y,order,res,options)


LSQ2TOP is an iterative least squares fitting algorithm. It is based on a weighted least squares approach where the weights are determined at each step. At initialization the weights are all 1, then a polynomial is fit through the data cloud using least squares. When fitting to the top of a data cloud, data points with a residual significantly below a defined limit (i.e. the points below the polynomial fit line) are given a small weighting. Therefore, on subsequent iterations these data points are weighted less in the fit, and the fit line moves to fit to the top of the data cloud.

Input x is the independent variable e.g. a Mx1 vector corresponding to a frequency or wavelength axis. Input y is the dependent variable e.g. a Mx1 vector corresponding to a measured spectrum. Input order is a scalar defining the order of polynomial to be fit e.g. y = P(x), and res is a scalar approximation of the fit residual e.g. noise level. Input options is discussed below. Note that the function can be used to fit to the top or bottom of a data cloud by changing trbflag in options.

The outputs are b, the regression coefficients [highest order term corresponds to b(1) and the intercept corresponds to b(end)], resnorm is the squared 2-norm of the residual, and residual is the fit residuals = y - P(x). The options ouput is the input options echoed back, the field initwt may have been modified.


  • display: [ 'off' | {'on'} ] governs level of display to command window.
  • trbflag: [ 'top' | {'bottom'} ] top or bottom flag, tells algorithm to fit the polynomials, y = P(x), to the top or bottom of the data cloud.
  • tsqlim: [ 0.99 ] limit that governs whether a data point is significantly outside the fit residual defined by input res.
  • stopcrit: [1e-4 1e-4 1000 360] stopping criteria, iteration is continued until one of the stopping criterion is met: [(relative tolerance) (absolute tolerance) (maximum number of iterations) (maximum time [seconds])].
  • initwt: [ ] empty or Mx1 vector of initial weights (0<=w<=1).


For order = 1 and fitting to the top of a data cloud, LSQ2TOP finds the vector that minimizes where W is a diagonal weighting matrix whose elements are initially 1 and then are modified on each subsequent iteration.

The weighting is determined by first estimating the residuals for each data point j as and defining where res is the input res. A corresponding t-statistic from a t-table is estimated using the following

tsqst = ttestp(1-options.tsqlim,5000,2);

where is tsqst. The elements of W are then given by for data points with , and is a 1 otherwise. Therefore, the weighting is smaller for points far below the fit line.

The procedure can be modified to fit to the bottom of a data cloud by changing options.trbflag.

See Also

baseline, baselinew, fastnnls, fastnnls_sel, med2top