[R] R_using non linear regression with constraints

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Sun Jun 18 18:43:11 CEST 2017

> On Jun 18, 2017, at 6:24 AM, Manoranjan Muthusamy <ranjanmano167 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am using nlsLM {minpack.lm} to find the values of parameters a and b of
> function myfun which give the best fit for the data set, mydata.
> mydata=data.frame(x=c(0,5,9,13,17,20),y = c(0,11,20,29,38,45))
> myfun=function(a,b,r,t){
>  prd=a*b*(1-exp(-b*r*t))
>  return(prd)}
> and using nlsLM
> myfit=nlsLM(y~myfun(a,b,r=2,t=x),data=mydata,start=list(a=2000,b=0.05),
>                  lower = c(1000,0), upper = c(3000,1))
> It works. But now I would like to introduce a constraint which is a*b<1000.

At the moment your coefficients do satisfy that constraint so that dataset is not suitable for testing. A slight modification of the objective function to include the logical constraint as an additional factor does not "break" that particular solution.:


            lower = c(1000,0), upper = c(3000,1))

Nonlinear regression model
  model: y ~ myfun2(a, b, r = 2, t = x)
   data: mydata
        a         b 
3.000e+03 2.288e-02 
 residual sum-of-squares: 38.02

Number of iterations to convergence: 8 
Achieved convergence tolerance: 1.49e-08

#[1] 68.64909  Same as original result.

How nlsLM will handle more difficult problems is not something I have experience with, but obviously one would need to keep the starting values within the feasible domain. However, if your goal was to also remove the upper and lower constraints on a and b, This problem would not be suitably solved by the a*b product without relaxation of the default maxiter:

> myfit=nlsLM(y~myfun2(a,b,r=2,t=x),data=mydata,start=list(a=2000,b=0.05),
+             lower = c(0,0), upper = c(9000,1))
> prod(coef(myfit))
[1] 110.4382
> coef(myfit)
           a            b 
9.000000e+03 1.227091e-02 

>  myfit=nlsLM(y~myfun2(a,b,r=2,t=x),data=mydata,start=list(a=2000,b=0.05),
+              lower = c(0,0), upper = c(10^6,1))
Warning message:
In nls.lm(par = start, fn = FCT, jac = jac, control = control, lower = lower,  :
  lmdif: info = -1. Number of iterations has reached `maxiter' == 50.

             lower = c(0,0), upper = c(10^6,1), control=list(maxiter=100))


>  prod(coef(myfit))
[1] 780.6732  Significantly different than the solution at default maxiter of 50.
>  coef(myfit)
           a            b 
5.319664e+05 1.467524e-03 


> I had a look at the option available in nlsLM to set constraint via
> nls.lm.control. But it's not much of help. can somebody help me here or
> suggest a different method to to this?
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David Winsemius
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