# Thread: Working with Real DATA HELP!

1. ## Working with Real DATA HELP!

Hello everyone!

I really appreciate anyone that can help me with this problem:

2. ## Re: Working with Real DATA HELP!

If it's real data, it's highly unlikely that the data will fit an exponential model exactly.

It might help if you realise

\displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} C\,a^x &= C\,e^{\ln{\left(a^x\right)}} \\ &= C\,e^{x\ln{a}} \\ &= C\left(e^x\right)^{\ln{a}} \end{align*}

And now when you apply

\displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} e^x = 1 + x + \frac{x^2}{2} + \frac{x^3}{3!} + \frac{x^4}{4!} + \dots \end{align*} to a desired level of accuracy, you should be able to fit a least squares polynomial.

3. ## Re: Working with Real DATA HELP!

Think of the required equation as y=Cax where values of y are the CO2 levels and then take logs.
After 'simplifying' (using a couple of rules for logarithms), the equation becomes
log(y) = log(C) + xlog(a).
(It doesn't matter what base of logs that you use so long as you are consistent throughout.)
If log(y), (vertical axis) is plotted against x, what you should find (assuming that the law you are trying to fit is a reasonable one) is that your points lie roughly along a straight line.
Draw in what you think is the best straight line and then read off the intercept on the vertical axis (which will be the value of log(C)) and calculate the slope (which will be the value of log(a)).
Antilog to find the values of C and a and substitute into the original equation.
Finally, check to see that the equation gives (approximately) the correct values for the CO2 levels for the x values.