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Re: Fitting Circles

How about doing a transformation and solving a simpler problem:

What you want to fit is r0 = [(x-x0)^2+(y-y0)^2]^(0.5)
So minimize:
		r0 - [(x-x0)^2+(y-y0)^2]^(0.5)

for all pairs of (x,y).  This can be done using your favorite fitting
routine (I like Craig markwardt's MPFIT... routines,

Good luck

F.N.Hatfield@Leeds.ac.uk wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
> I am trying to fit a circle to a set of points (x,y), and from this
> determine the centre point (x0,y0) and radius r0. It is also very
> important that I obtain the standard deviations or errors in the x0,y0
> and r0.
> So far, I have looked at the idl routine, curvefit.pro.
> This is a useful program but doesn't seem to allow you to pass 2
> independent variables x and y.
> I was wondering if someone has written something similar in idl,
> or could suggest a way to solve this problem.
> Cheers
> Fraser Hatfield
> University of Leeds, UK.
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