km determination

Keith Rickert keith at
Sat Dec 5 23:02:53 EST 1998

In <7opiGDf98QgB-pn2-dy9Z1ZHxmmZ4 at> PGegen at (Dr. Peter Gegenheimer) writes:

>Yes -- it IS _always_ most accurate to fit the untransformed data to the equation 
>which describes the relationship between X and Y; you are guaranteed to get the best 
>estimate for the kinetic constants. Not only for the reasons Simon mentions, but also
>because when you transform the variables, you also transform their experimental error
>so that it no longer has a ~Gaussian distribution. Further, the transformations in 
>which one axis contains both V and S violate the assumtions of regression analysis, 
>in that the X and Y axis variables are no longer separate (you no longer have an 
>independent and a  dependent variable), and (so certain transforms) the experimental 
>error is no longer exclusively in the Y axis. 

While I generally agree with all of these points, I have to say
that I still think there's a place for the linear transform plots.
If your data has some kind of systematic deviation from 
Michaelis-Menten kinetics, it's often much easier to recognize
that on a linear transform than on the non-linear plot.
So I generally do both plots, but only derive constants from
the nonlinear fit.

BTW, it would be much easier to read your posts if you could keep
to standard Usenet convention of <75-78 characters per line.

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