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J Nutr. 1979 Oct;109(10):1710-4.

Estimation of nutrient requirements from growth data.


Two least squares methods of estimating nutrient requirements from growth data were compared. One method involved fitting a broken line by the method of least squares. The requirement was taken as the abscissa of the breakpoint in the curve. The other method involved fitting an appropriate exponential function to the growth data and estimating the requirement as the abscissa of the point on the fitted curve whose ordinate was 95% of the upper asymptote. For the nine sets of data studied, the broken line provided adequate fits for only six. The nonlinear models provided adequate fits for all the data studied. When both the broken line and the chosen nonlinear model provided adequate fits, the estimated requirements were nearly the same. However, the consistently good fits obtained with the nonlinear models suggest that this approach may generally be more useful.

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