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Iterative Fitting Principle

Except for linear and multi-linear regression, minimization of the Chi square expression requires an iterative approach. The procedure starts with a set of initial parameter values, generates the corresponding model curve, calculates the Chi square criterion, and adjusts the model parameters such that Chi square is expected to be reduced. The cycle

is then repeated until a further reduction of Chi square is not any more possible. The final set of parameters upon termination is regarded as the best-fit result. It is not analytically exact and may depend on the initial parameters, on the optimization procedure, and on the termination criterion of the iterations. Fitting is started using the Fit current region button.