# [R] How to regress data into coefficients for a gamma function

From: Walter Anderson <wandrson01_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 08:57:19 -0500

Hello,

I need to regress data like the example below. The data points represent friction factors derived from observed trip length data. The function used to describe this data is a gamma function of the form, f(t) = a * t^b * e^(c*t) and I need to regress the data to obtain the a,b, and c coefficients. The gamma function can also be expressed in the log-linear form, ln[f(t)] = ln[a] + b * ln[t] + c*t, which may be easier to perform a regression on. I have performed a search for information on the subject, and have found a few possibly related sites, I can not figure out how to perform the regression in R. Any help/guidance would be appreciated.

Walter

```            t                f      ln(f)
1      1    952893    13
2      2    951077    13
3      3    945991    13
4      4    942358    13
5      5    939452    13
6      6    895494    13
7      7    891861    13
8      8    882416    13
9      9    873697    13
```

10 10 867885 13
11 11 797771 13
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13 13 779243 13
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