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An interesting variation on nonlinear least squares is fitting kinetic models that cannot be solved explicitly for the measured response. For example, the change in substrate concentration for Michaelis-Menten biokinetics in a batch reactor is Kmln(Sf)(S0 — S) = vmt. There is no analytic solution for S, so the predicted value of S must be calculated iteratively and then compared with the observed value. Goudar and Devlin (2001) discuss this problem.


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35.1 Soybean Oil. The data below are from a long-term BOD test on soybean oil, where y = g BOD per g of soybean oil, and t = time in days. There are four replicates at each time. (a) Fit the first-order BOD model y = в1[1 — exp(—02t)] to estimate the ultimate BOD 61 and the rate coefficient, 62. (b) Plot the data and the fitted model. (c) Plot the residuals as a function of the predicted values and as a function of time. (d) Estimate a
11 from s11 = SR/(n — 2) and from the replicate observations. Compare the two values obtained. (e) Map the sum of squares surface and indicate the approximate 95% joint confidence region.

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