GLOVE - Data Fitting

GLOVE (Global and Local Optimization of Variable Expressions) is a non-linear least squares fitting program written in C++. It is a flexible program able to fit most analytical functions. The software runs in the LINUX environment.

GLOVE_HOME - Original page and Binaries
Manuscript - Article on the software
Source Code - tar'd and gzip'd

The details of the program can be found in the manuscript and I'll leave them to the reader. A tutorial taking the reader thru the NMR data processing to GLOVE fitting routine can also be found at our Kinetics routine. Here I'd like to focus on the basics of the program and what it can do for a chemist. For example, someone interested in fitting a simple 3 parameter exponential to extract kinetic information from their NMR data. First lets look at some of the features:

Here is a partial list of equations we can fit. eg) to define double exponential we would define the function '2exp3' in the setup.


Each function gets minized wrt chi squared:

where σ is the error bar value.

EXP3 - 3 Parameter Exponential Fit Example

Consider fitting 4 simulated data sets 'individually' with defined values:
rates: 0.35, 0.30, 0.30, 0.30.
Number of pts: 32
Noise level: 1%

The GLOVE data fitting output results:


While the resulting plots generated and grouped into a single pdf looks like:

First reported is the 'Random' routine setup χ2 value. Then Monte Carlo is performed several times with tightening criteria. It can be seen however, that the χ2 value is quickly converged after the first Monte Carlo annealing. Also reported are the χ2 values for each fit. They are all under 1 and thus are considered quite good.

Now lets consider fitting the same data with a single Rate constant aka global parameter for all data sets.

The GLOVE Data fitting output looks like:

While the resulting plots generated and grouped into a single pdf looks like:

Note all the peaks 0-3 all have the same reported Rate=0.31. Now peak 0 which should have a Rate=0.35 is underestimated at 0.31. It does have significant jump in χ2, as expected, and would easily be identified as not behaving the same kinetics as the other data sets/peaks. This would be one application of local vs. global fits for identifying groups of peaks reporting on the same kinetic process. Chi squared ratios of global/local > 2 are a rule of thumb flag for different processes or models. In this case we have: 1.7199/0.36665 = 4.7 and is clearly out of range.