# Should I ask this question that is about data mining but mostly mathematical here?

I have a question that is about data mining (Which may relate to cross validated), but it's mostly mathematical.

The question is:

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How to fit a function with multi-parameters to data with noise?

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I will give example: My data is: $g(1),g(2),g(3) = 2.1,3.95,8.15$ (Previously being $2$, $4$, $8$)
The function I am trying to fit in is: $h(x) = a^{bx}$. The fit function: $d(x) = (h(x) - g(x))^2$ So to calculate to overall error with my parameters I just do: $f(a,b) = d(1) + d(2) + d(3)$

To minimize the overall error I thought just to find $f'(a,b)$, and in this way find when $f(a,b)$ is the closest to $0$, but I don't know. How to find the deviation of a function with multi-parameters? Is there a workaround to this?

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?? What should I put here?

Does it fit in math SE?

• I think it would fit, but I would still ask it on Cross Validated instead (Disclaimer: I do not know that site well.) – quid Jun 26 '15 at 12:10
• You asked what you should put as tags. A natural choice seems to be (data-mining). Notice that stats.SE also has a tag called (data-mining). (There are much more questions with this tag on stats.SE than on math.SE.) Maybe looking on some questions having this tag on both sites might be useful before asking. (It might help you with the decision where to ask. And you might even find some closely related questions.) – Martin Sleziak Jun 26 '15 at 12:15