This picture illustrates how numeric input takes place. Upon clicking or entering the X or Y textbox, the input form is fired up and you are asked to type a number. You may then proceed to type a number, or something representing a number, such as “log(10) + 9”, which will fill the box with the number “10”.
When you’ve finished with the input, you can see step by step how the “a” and “b” optimum line parameters are calculated, as well as their respective values. In addition, the error (σ) is also calculated. You can then take it one step further, with either the drawing of the optimum line, or the calculation of more X, Y values on the line.
In this picture we can see the points represented by the aforementioned values as circles, and the optimum line, given by the a and b values calculated via the Least Square method, passing through the points. We could also have set any axis to “log”.
Accessing the form from “Least Square Method” form’s “Actions Menu” will preload the a and b values. One retains the ability to modify the values, and is required to set the “X’s Limits” and “Iterations” in order for the Xs and Ys to be calculated.