Question: Can you use solve for multiple data points?

March 05 2014 jimb1993 5
Maple 16
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Hi, the title isn't great as I didn't know how to describe this really. I need to solve the following equation for b:

y = (1-exp(-x*b))/(1-exp(-50*b))

When I put a value for y in, this is fine and fsolve gives me a numeric real solution. However, even when using RealDomain, it does not give me a real solution if I leave y as it is, and instead gives a 'RootOf' solution, which I don't really understand. This is the same whether using solve or isolate:

b=-(1/50)RootOf(_Zx-50ln(-y+ye^(_Z)+1))

I have the values of x and y for multiple data points and can put them in an nx1 matrix. Is there a way to replace x and y with matrices (with real numbers in) and solve for each set of points for b (ie there would be n values of b)? Obviously I could go through and put in each value of x and y but this would take ages, so was just wondering if there's a quick way to do this.

I have tried by simply putting matrices instead of the letter but get the error:

Error, invalid input: exp expects its 1st argument, x, to be of type algebraic, but received Vector(50, {(1) = -50*b, (2) = -49*b,...

Thanks for your time

James

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