Least Squares
Glossary
 LS

Least squares
 LLS

Linear least squares
 MF

Model function
Definition
Least squares historically grew out of astronomy problems during the turn of the seventeenth century (Nievergelt 2000), in particular, finding trajectories of planetary motions in order to solve ocean’s navigation problems. The idea of LS was developed by Gauss, Legendre, Laplace, and many other mathematicians and scientists (Farebrother 1999). However, the first publication on LS appeared in 1805 by Legendre; he proposed the idea of minimizing the sum of squares of the errors to obtain the adjusted values of observed quantities (Plackett 1972).
“Least squares” is a mathematical procedure to find the best approximate curve or surface to a given set of data points, out of different model functions that approximate the data.
Linear Least Squares
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