# Article

**Keywords:**

computer algebra; gradient algorithm

**Summary:**

Scalar parameter values as well as initial condition values are to be identified in initial value problems for ordinary differential equations (ODE). To achieve this goal, computer algebra tools are combined with numerical tools in the MATLAB environment. The best fit is obtained through the minimization of the summed squares of the difference between measured data and ODE solution. The minimization is based on a gradient algorithm where the gradient of the summed squares is calculated either numerically or via auxiliary initial value problems. In the latter case, the MATLABR Symbolic Math Toolbox is used to derive the expressions that define the auxiliary problems and to transform them into MATLAB routines.