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Appendix E: Parameter Estimation

  1. Bruce A. Finlayson

Published Online: 8 FEB 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0471776688.app5

Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing

Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing

How to Cite

Finlayson, B. A. (2006) Appendix E: Parameter Estimation, in Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471776688.app5

Author Information

  1. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2006
  2. Published Print: 27 FEB 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471740629

Online ISBN: 9780471776680



  • polynomial regression;
  • residual;
  • linear correlation coefficient;
  • multiple regression;
  • nonlinear regression;
  • Excel commands: slope, intercept, rsq, insert/chart, scatter plot, trendline;
  • MATLAB commands: polyfit, polyval, plot


This appendix shows how to fit a straight line to data and how to do polynomial regression, multiple regression, and nonlinear regression. The major tools are Excel and MATLAB.