The Michaelis-Menten equation was fitted to simulated data containing different sorts of error by using the three linear transformations, and the methods of S. R. Cohen [Anal. Biochem. (1968) 22, 549-552], R. Eisenthal & A. Cornish-Bowden [Biochem. J. (1974) 139, 715-120], F. de M. Merino [Biochem. J. 143, 93-95] and G. N. Wilkinson [Biochem. J. (1961) 808 324-332). The best methods were those of Eisenthal & Cornish-Bowden (1974) and Wilkinson (1961).