I appreciate you help so much! You have helped me out alot. To estimate the flow rate of the data would take the average of the values for the flow?
do, but if y(t_1) ... y(t_n) are what the model predicts at times t_1, .. t_n,
and o(t_1), .. , o(t_n) are the observed values, then the model which
SSR = (o(t_1)-y(t_1))^2 + (o(t_2)-y(t_2))^2 + ... + (o(t_n)-y(t_n))^2
would be considered the best (subject to a number of considerations about
how much noise there is in the measurement process, and how many
parameters you have to estimate in the model from the data).
You should be aware that you can put a polynomial of degree (n-1)
through any n data points of this type. So perfection is possible but
is overkill, and will result in a poor model.