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# Represent a given set of points by the best possible straight line

Find the value of m and c such that a straight line y = mx + c, best represents the equation of a given set of points (x , y ), (x , y ), (x , y ), ……., (x , y ), given n >=2.

Examples:

Input : n = 5
x = 1, x = 2, x = 3, x = 4, x = 5y = 14, y = 27, y = 40, y = 55, y = 68   Output : m = 13.6c = 0 If we take any pair of number ( x , y ) from the given data, these value of m and cshould make it best fit into the equation for a straight line, y = mx + c. Take x = 1 and y = 14, then using valuesof m and c from the output, and putting it in the following equation,y = mx + c,L.H.S.: y = 14, R.H.S: mx + c = 13.6 x 1 + 0 = 13.6So, they are approximately equal.Now, take x = 3 and y = 40,L.H.S.: y = 40, R.H.S: mx + c = 13.6 x 3 + 0 = 40.8So, they are also approximately equal, and so onfor all other values.Input : n = 6x = 1, x = 2, x = 3, x = 4, x = 5, x = 6y = 1200, y = 900, y = 600, y = 200, y = 110, y = 50Output : m = -243.42c = 1361.97

Approach

To best fit a set of points in an equation for a straight line, we need to find the value of two variables, m and c. Now, since there are 2 unknown variables and depending upon the value of n, two cases are possible –

Case 1 – When n = 2 : There will be two equations and two unknown variables to find, so, there will be a unique solution .
Case 2 – When n > 2 : In this case, there may or may not exist values of m and c, which satisfy all the n equations, but we can find the best possible values of m and c which can fit a straight line in the given points .

So, if we have n different pairs of x and y, then, we can form n no. of equations from them for a straight line, as follows

f = mx + c,f = mx + c,f = mx + c,......................................,......................................,f = mx + c,where, f , is the value obtained by putting x in equation mx + c.

Then, since ideally f should be same as y , but still we can find the f closest to y in all the cases, if we take a new quantity, U = ?(y – f ) , and make this quantity minimum for all value of i from 1 to n.

Note:(y – f ) is used in place of (y – f ), as we want to consider both the cases when f or when y is greater, and we want their difference to be minimum, so if we would not square the term, then situations in which f is greater and situation in which y is greater will cancel each other to an extent, and this is not what we want. So, we need to square the term.

Now, for U to be minimum, it must satisfy the following two equations – = 0 and = 0.

On solving the above two equations, we get two equations, as follows :

?y = nc + m?x, and
?xy = c?x + m?x , which can be rearranged as - m = (n * ?xy - ?x?y) / (n * ?x - (?x) ), andc = (?y - m?x) / n, 

So, this is how values of m and c for both the cases are obtained, and we can represent a given set of points, by the best possible straight line.

The following code implements the above given algorithm –

## C++

 // C++ Program to find m and c for a straight line given,// x and y#include #include using namespace std; // function to calculate m and c that best fit points// represented by x[] and y[]void bestApproximate(int x[], int y[], int n){    float m, c, sum_x = 0, sum_y = 0, sum_xy = 0, sum_x2 = 0;    for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {        sum_x += x[i];        sum_y += y[i];        sum_xy += x[i] * y[i];        sum_x2 += pow(x[i], 2);    }     m = (n * sum_xy - sum_x * sum_y) / (n * sum_x2 - pow(sum_x, 2));    c = (sum_y - m * sum_x) / n;     cout << "m =" << m;    cout << "\nc =" << c;} // Driver main functionint main(){    int x[] = { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 };    int y[] = { 14, 27, 40, 55, 68 };    int n = sizeof(x) / sizeof(x);    bestApproximate(x, y, n);    return 0;}

## C

 // C Program to find m and c for a straight line given,// x and y#include  // function to calculate m and c that best fit points// represented by x[] and y[]void bestApproximate(int x[], int y[], int n){    int i, j;    float m, c, sum_x = 0, sum_y = 0, sum_xy = 0, sum_x2 = 0;    for (i = 0; i < n; i++) {        sum_x += x[i];        sum_y += y[i];        sum_xy += x[i] * y[i];        sum_x2 += (x[i] * x[i]);    }     m = (n * sum_xy - sum_x * sum_y) / (n * sum_x2 - (sum_x * sum_x));    c = (sum_y - m * sum_x) / n;     printf("m =% f", m);    printf("\nc =% f", c);} // Driver main functionint main(){    int x[] = { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 };    int y[] = { 14, 27, 40, 55, 68 };    int n = sizeof(x) / sizeof(x);    bestApproximate(x, y, n);    return 0;}

## Java

 // Java Program to find m and c for a straight line given,// x and yimport java.io.*;import static java.lang.Math.pow; public class A {    // function to calculate m and c that best fit points    // represented by x[] and y[]    static void bestApproximate(int x[], int y[])    {        int n = x.length;        double m, c, sum_x = 0, sum_y = 0,                     sum_xy = 0, sum_x2 = 0;        for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {            sum_x += x[i];            sum_y += y[i];            sum_xy += x[i] * y[i];            sum_x2 += pow(x[i], 2);        }         m = (n * sum_xy - sum_x * sum_y) / (n * sum_x2 - pow(sum_x, 2));        c = (sum_y - m * sum_x) / n;         System.out.println("m = " + m);        System.out.println("c = " + c);    }     // Driver main function    public static void main(String args[])    {        int x[] = { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 };        int y[] = { 14, 27, 40, 55, 68 };        bestApproximate(x, y);    }}

## Python3

 # python Program to find m and c for# a straight line given, x and y # function to calculate m and c that# best fit points represented by x[]# and y[]def bestApproximate(x, y, n):         sum_x = 0    sum_y = 0    sum_xy = 0    sum_x2 = 0         for i in range (0, n):        sum_x += x[i]        sum_y += y[i]        sum_xy += x[i] * y[i]        sum_x2 += pow(x[i], 2)     m = (float)((n * sum_xy - sum_x * sum_y)            / (n * sum_x2 - pow(sum_x, 2)));                 c = (float)(sum_y - m * sum_x) / n;         print("m = ", m);    print("c = ", c);          # Driver main functionx = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ]y = [ 14, 27, 40, 55, 68]n = len(x) bestApproximate(x, y, n)     # This code is contributed by Sam007.

## C#

 // C# Program to find m and c for a// straight line given, x and yusing System; class GFG {     // function to calculate m and c that    // best fit points represented by x[] and y[]    static void bestApproximate(int[] x, int[] y)    {        int n = x.Length;        double m, c, sum_x = 0, sum_y = 0,                     sum_xy = 0, sum_x2 = 0;         for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {            sum_x += x[i];            sum_y += y[i];            sum_xy += x[i] * y[i];            sum_x2 += Math.Pow(x[i], 2);        }         m = (n * sum_xy - sum_x * sum_y) / (n * sum_x2 - Math.Pow(sum_x, 2));         c = (sum_y - m * sum_x) / n;         Console.WriteLine("m = " + m);        Console.WriteLine("c = " + c);    }     // Driver main function    public static void Main()    {        int[] x = { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 };        int[] y = { 14, 27, 40, 55, 68 };         // Function calling        bestApproximate(x, y);    }} // This code is contributed by Sam007

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Output:

m=13.6
c=0.0

Analysis of above code-
Auxiliary Space : O(1)
Time Complexity : O(n). We have one loop which iterates n times, and each time it performs constant no. of computations.

Reference-
1-Higher Engineering Mathematics by B.S. Grewal.

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