• WillItFit;
  • computer programs;
  • small-angle scattering;
  • biomacromolecules

A software framework for analysis of small-angle scattering data is presented. On the basis of molecular constraints and prior knowledge of the chemical composition of the sample, the software is capable of simultaneously fitting small-angle X-ray and neutron scattering data to analytical or semi-analytical models of biomacromolecules. The software features various fitting routines along with the possibility of incorporating instrumental resolution effects on the fit. Finally, trust region estimation, based on the profile likelihood strategy, is implemented. The algorithms and models are written in C, whereas the user interface is written in Python. Parallelization is implemented using the OpenMP extensions to C. The source code is available for free upon request or via the associated code repository. The software runs on Linux, Windows and OSX and is available as an open-source initiative published under the General Publishing License.