f=e^(very complicated)

April 12, 2006 at 10:37 pm | | everyday science, software

Dealing with engrained technology can be a little frustrating. Many years ago, a grad student wrote a program in LabView to fit Gaussians and exponentials. This is a simple problem, and there are many fine programs for dealing with numerical analysis. The problem with LabView is that it isn’t one of them. As shown in Figure 1, it gets a little complicated.

Figure 1. This is not even half of the damn thing.

To be fair, it does work. It fits mighty nicely after it is debugged and running, as shown in Figure 2. As my co-worker says, “When it works it works well.”


Figure 2. A good fit.


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  1. Shouldn’t that be f=e^(-very complicated^2)

    Comment by sam — April 13, 2006 #

  2. damn man you should see my CrapView(TM) code- makes a grown man weep.

    Comment by ilya — June 14, 2006 #

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