# Fitting data using different optimality criteria

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- jcfried

**Fitting a Straight Line using L1, Least Squares, Max Distance and Median Distance Criteria**The purpose of this page is to show how different criteria for "best" or "optimal" fit will produce different fitted lines. While this example uses straight line, because i wanted to show the simplest case, the concept is equally applicable to higher order functions (sin, cos, exp, log, etc.) and polynomials.

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