Orthogonal Distance Regression
Why Orthogonal Distance Regression (ODR)? Sometimes one has measurement errors in the explanatory variable, not just the response variable. Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) fitting procedures treat the data for explanatory variables as fixed. Furthermore, OLS procedures require that the response variable be an explicit function of the explanatory variables; sometimes making the equation explicit is unwieldy and introduces errors. ODR can handle both of these cases with ease and can even reduce to the OLS case if necessary.
ODRPACK is a FORTRAN77 library for performing ODR with possibly nonlinear fitting functions. It uses a modified trustregion LevenbergMarquardttype algorithm to estimate the function parameters. The fitting functions are provided by Python functions operating on NumPy arrays. The required derivatives may be provided by Python functions as well or may be numerically estimated. ODRPACK can do explicit or implicit ODR fits or can do OLS. Input and output variables may be multidimensional. Weights can be provided to account for different variances of the observations (even covariances between dimensions of the variables).
odr provides two interfaces: a single function and a set of highlevel classes that wrap that function. Please refer to their docstrings for more information. While the docstring of the function, odr, does not have a full explanation of its arguments, the classes do, and the arguments with the same name usually have the same requirements. Furthermore, it is highly suggested that one at least skim the ODRPACK User’s Guide. Know Thy Algorithm.
See the docstrings of odr.odrpack and the functions and classes for usage instructions. The ODRPACK User’s Guide is also quite helpful. It can be found on one of the ODRPACK’s original author’s website:
http://www.boulder.nist.gov/mcsd/Staff/JRogers/odrpack.html
Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail.com
The Data class stores the data to fit.
Each argument is attached to the member of the instance of the same name. The structures of x and y are described in the Model class docstring. If y is an integer, then the Data instance can only be used to fit with implicit models where the dimensionality of the response is equal to the specified value of y. The structures of wd and we are described below. meta is an freeform dictionary for applicationspecific use.
we weights the effect a deviation in the response variable has on the fit. wd weights the effect a deviation in the input variable has on the fit. To handle multidimensional inputs and responses easily, the structure of these arguments has the n’th dimensional axis first. These arguments heavily use the structured arguments feature of ODRPACK to conveniently and flexibly support all options. See the ODRPACK User’s Guide for a full explanation of how these weights are used in the algorithm. Basically, a higher value of the weight for a particular data point makes a deviation at that point more detrimental to the fit.
 we – if we is a scalar, then that value is used for all data points (and
all dimensions of the response variable).
If we is a rank1 array of length q (the dimensionality of the response variable), then this vector is the diagonal of the covariant weighting matrix for all data points.
If we is a rank1 array of length n (the number of data points), then the i’th element is the weight for the i’th response variable observation (singledimensional only).
If we is a rank2 array of shape (q, q), then this is the full covariant weighting matrix broadcast to each observation.
If we is a rank2 array of shape (q, n), then we[:,i] is the diagonal of the covariant weighting matrix for the i’th observation.
If we is a rank3 array of shape (q, q, n), then we[:,:,i] is the full specification of the covariant weighting matrix for each observation.
If the fit is implicit, then only a positive scalar value is used.
 wd – if wd is a scalar, then that value is used for all data points
(and all dimensions of the input variable). If wd = 0, then the covariant weighting matrix for each observation is set to the identity matrix (so each dimension of each observation has the same weight).
If wd is a rank1 array of length m (the dimensionality of the input variable), then this vector is the diagonal of the covariant weighting matrix for all data points.
If wd is a rank1 array of length n (the number of data points), then the i’th element is the weight for the i’th input variable observation (singledimensional only).
If wd is a rank2 array of shape (m, m), then this is the full covariant weighting matrix broadcast to each observation.
If wd is a rank2 array of shape (m, n), then wd[:,i] is the diagonal of the covariant weighting matrix for the i’th observation.
If wd is a rank3 array of shape (m, m, n), then wd[:,:,i] is the full specification of the covariant weighting matrix for each observation.
 fix – fix is the same as ifixx in the class ODR. It is an array of integers
 with the same shape as data.x that determines which input observations are treated as fixed. One can use a sequence of length m (the dimensionality of the input observations) to fix some dimensions for all observations. A value of 0 fixes the observation, a value > 0 makes it free.
meta – optional, freeform dictionary for metadata
The Model class stores information about the function you wish to fit.
It stores the function itself, at the least, and optionally stores functions which compute the Jacobians used during fitting. Also, one can provide a function that will provide reasonable starting values for the fit parameters possibly given the set of data.
The initialization method stores these into members of the same name.
fcn – fit function: fcn(beta, x) –> y
 fjacb – Jacobian of fcn wrt the fit parameters beta:
 fjacb(beta, x) –> @f_i(x,B)/@B_j
 fjacd – Jacobian of fcn wrt the (possibly multidimensional) input variable:
 fjacd(beta, x) –> @f_i(x,B)/@x_j
 extra_args – if specified, extra_args should be a tuple of extra
 arguments to pass to fcn, fjacb, and fjacd. Each will be called like the following: apply(fcn, (beta, x) + extra_args)
 estimate – provide estimates of the fit parameters from the data:
 estimate(data) –> estbeta
 implicit – boolean variable which, if TRUE, specifies that the model
 is implicit; i.e fcn(beta, x) ~= 0 and there is no y data to fit against.
meta – an optional, freeform dictionary of metadata for the model
Note that the fcn, fjacb, and fjacd operate on NumPy arrays and return a NumPy array. estimate takes an instance of the Data class.
Here are the rules for the shapes of the argument and return arrays:
 x – if the input data is singledimensional, then x is rank1
 array; i.e. x = array([1, 2, 3, ...]); x.shape = (n,) If the input data is multidimensional, then x is a rank2 array; i.e. x = array([[1, 2, ...], [2, 4, ...]]); x.shape = (m, n) In all cases, it has the same shape as the input data array passed to odr(). m is the dimensionality of the input data, n is the number of observations.
 y – if the response variable is singledimensional, then y is a rank1
 array; i.e. y = array([2, 4, ...]); y.shape = (n,) If the response variable is multidimensional, then y is a rank2 array; i.e. y = array([[2, 4, ...], [3, 6, ...]]); y.shape = (q, n) where q is the dimensionality of the response variable.
 beta – rank1 array of length p where p is the number of parameters;
 i.e. beta = array([B_1, B_2, ..., B_p])
 fjacb – if the response variable is multidimensional, then the return
 array’s shape is (q, p, n) such that fjacb(x,beta)[l,k,i] = @f_l(X,B)/@B_k evaluated at the i’th data point. If q == 1, then the return array is only rank2 and with shape (p, n).
 fjacd – as with fjacb, only the return array’s shape is (q, m, n) such that
 fjacd(x,beta)[l,j,i] = @f_l(X,B)/@X_j at the i’th data point. If q == 1, then the return array’s shape is (m, n). If m == 1, the shape is (q, n). If m == q == 1, the shape is (n,).
The ODR class gathers all information and coordinates the running of the main fitting routine.
Members of instances of the ODR class have the same names as the arguments to the initialization routine.
Parameters:  Required: :


Restarts the run with iter more iterations.
Parameters:  iter : int, optional


Returns:  output : Output instance

Run the fitting routine with all of the information given.
Returns:  output : Output instance


Set the iprint parameter for the printing of computation reports.
If any of the arguments are specified here, then they are set in the iprint member. If iprint is not set manually or with this method, then ODRPACK defaults to no printing. If no filename is specified with the member rptfile, then ODRPACK prints to stdout. One can tell ODRPACK to print to stdout in addition to the specified filename by setting the so_* arguments to this function, but one cannot specify to print to stdout but not a file since one can do that by not specifying a rptfile filename.
There are three reports: initialization, iteration, and final reports. They are represented by the arguments init, iter, and final respectively. The permissible values are 0, 1, and 2 representing “no report”, “short report”, and “long report” respectively.
The argument iter_step (0 <= iter_step <= 9) specifies how often to make the iteration report; the report will be made for every iter_step’th iteration starting with iteration one. If iter_step == 0, then no iteration report is made, regardless of the other arguments.
If the rptfile is None, then any so_* arguments supplied will raise an exception.
Sets the “job” parameter is a hopefully comprehensible way.
If an argument is not specified, then the value is left as is. The default value from class initialization is for all of these options set to 0.
Parameter  Value  Meaning 

fit_type  0 1 2  explicit ODR implicit ODR ordinary leastsquares 
deriv  0 1 2 3 
forward finite differences central finite differences usersupplied derivatives (Jacobians) with results checked by ODRPACK usersupplied derivatives, no checking 
var_calc  0 1 2 
calculate asymptotic covariance matrix and fit parameter uncertainties (V_B, s_B) using derivatives recomputed at the final solution calculate V_B and s_B using derivatives from last iteration do not calculate V_B and s_B 
del_init  0 1  initial input variable offsets set to 0 initial offsets provided by user in variable “work” 
restart  0 1  fit is not a restart fit is a restart 
The permissible values are different from those given on pg. 31 of the ODRPACK User’s Guide only in that one cannot specify numbers greater than the last value for each variable.
If one does not supply functions to compute the Jacobians, the fitting procedure will change deriv to 0, finite differences, as a default. To initialize the input variable offsets by yourself, set del_init to 1 and put the offsets into the “work” variable correctly.
The Output class stores the output of an ODR run.
Takes one argument for initialization: the return value from the function odr().
Attributes:  beta – estimated parameter values [beta.shape == (q,)] :

