Questions on the optimization functions of Mathematica such as FindMinimum/FindMaximum, Minimize/Maximize, NMinimize/NMaximize, etc.

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Determining the default Method used in optimization and root-finding algorithms

Is it possible to extract the Method which is used in functions like NMinimize, FindRoot, ...
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Minimizing Multiple Functions

I'm trying to write a script that will minimize a given set of functions. The homework problem I've been given lists a set of dietary information, and I'm supposed to build the optimal salad based on ...
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Which method to use for finding maximum without actually computing optimization function explicitly?

I am new to Mathematica and I am currently working on an optimization problem. The optimization function that I have easy to calculate for some assignment of variable but it is very difficult to ...
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How to build a list of constraints for NMinimize

Let's say I have aset = {-1, 0, 2}. I would like to create a variable Var that takes values from that set, i.e. ...
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What is the status of the FindMinimum method “QuadraticProgramming”?

As a method option to FindMinimum "QuadraticProgramming" is still a valid option. It has the advantage of being significantly ...
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Constrained optimization and problem with complex numbers

I am trying to solve a constrained optimization problem with an implicitly defined function $\pi$. The problem is non linear and of high order, so I use numerical methods instead. The code I use is: ...
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Using NMinimize to solve the Multi Commodity Flow problem

I have the following optimization problem and I was hoping to solve it with NMinimize. Unfortunately, I don't get the desired result. I would like to get an optimal vector for $d_{e}$. This is how ...
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Maximizing the number of zero entries in a matrix

I have a matrix with a bunch of parameters in its entries, they all come in different combinations in different places of the matrix. I can post the matrix itself if requested, but I think what I mean ...
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Lagrange Multiplier

We are asked to maximize and minimize $f(x,y)=4xy$, given the constraint $4x^2+y^2=8$, using the Lagrange Multiplier method. First, I enter the functions f and g. ...
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Is it possible to monitor the sum of squared errors in a NonlinearModelFit or FindFit procedure during the process?

Since fitting procedures using NonlinearModelFit (or FindFit) sometimes take very long, I would like to monitor the sum of ...
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How can I change a lot of parameters to Real? [closed]

Because of some formulas with Conjugate in a notebook, I have to tell mathematica to change a lot of parameters to Real! I know that I can use Refine with Element or Assumptions: ...
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Does FindFit use symbolic differentiation?

Does FindFit use symbolic differentiation when optimizing by least squares a non-linear function?
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Minimization Nminimize nnum error

I have imported data (mat is the name, 1x100 dimensional vector)and written a likelihood function for normal distribution. ...
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Using ForAll in Maximize to define a bunch of conditions

I'm trying to do something very straight forward. The following maximization works: ...
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NMinimize error: Nearest::neard:

I have this function GuessError, here's a plot assuming a single variable x, Plot[GuessError[10^x, etc..], {x, 8, 12}] , being etc some more variables which are ...
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NMinimize works only if expression is pasted directly

Niminize works fine if I copy the minimized function directly by hands, but doesn't work if I try to do something like this: ...
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Why does it matter at what point I replace?

I need to find four orthogonal linear combinations of complicated functions, that vanish at four different points. I use (LK4 is defined below, but its shape should have nothing to do with my ...
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Application of Maximize: The cuboid constrained to the ellipsoid in $\mathbb{R}^3$

Since I am a student of Mathematics I enjoy to apply MMA to problems that I have a solid understanding in. The following would be such a problem: Maximize $f: \mathbb{R}^3 \to \mathbb{R}$ given by ...
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How to stop optimization (e.g. NMinimize) after reaching target value

Suppose we have some function f[x,y] that we want to optimize in way that we are only interested in values (x,y) that guarantee ...
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Why does EvaluationMonitor in FindMaximum only work for some regions?

This has come about after trying to understand what was going on with this question about FindMaximum and regions. My first thought in that scenario was to set-up ...
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Easy FindMaximum returns a wrong answer

FindMaximum in region is a new function in mma10,but when I tried the following example: ...
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Why minimization does not work with symbolic array as arguments

If I try to minimize with constraints a function of several variables, with Gamma regularized function involved in the constraints it seems to works, as shown below (this is just a dummy example ...
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Timing of an Evaluation is not correctly displayed

From: http://reference.wolfram.com/language/howto/DisplayTheTimingOfAnEvaluationInANotebookWindow.html I ran a process that took about two minutes to finish. But the time recorded is only 0.18 ...
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Minimize the sum-of-squares errors for a system of ODEs

I'm trying to minimizing the sum of squared errors on a 2-equation system of ODEs and empirical data. I keep getting an error and I think the root of the problem is my invocation of ...
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Maximize and NMaximize don't work for my function

I defined the following function: d1[x_] := Min[Abs[FractionalPart[x]], 1 - Abs[FractionalPart[x]]] and tried to evaluate the following function: ...
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Possible bug / numerical issues with HypergeometricU — any suggestions for a fast workaround?

I've encountered some problematic behaviour with HypergeometricU. I have a probability distribution on the positive integers that takes the following form after ...
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Plotting Minimize output for a range of constraint values

I want to plot the minimum of a function returned by Minimize over a range of constraint values. ...
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FindMinimum function does not produce minimum from near point

Using my simple program and I would like to find such matrix elements that minimize difference of their eigenvalues. ...
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Is there any strategy to have a compiled version of FindFit or NonlinearModelFit?

Disclaimer: This is not a precise question with a definite answer. I know that neither FindFit nor NonlinearModelFit is in the ...
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How to fit parameters in a system of coupled differential equations

Problem description: I'm studying a chemical reaction that can be modeled by a system of coupled differential equations, and I want to use measured data to determine the parameters that appear in the ...
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Linear programming with many variables and parameters

I am trying to reconstruct the answer that is given in this report. (page 153 in Appendix B; Section B.2.1). They are given variables, parameters, constraints, and the objective function to minimize. ...
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Implementing the Golden Section Rule

I am attempting to write a code which brackets the minimum of a unimodal function, using the Golden Section Method Below. I am have serious issues debugging my program though, any help will be ...
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Trouble with Minimize function

I'm trying to do my own curve fitting, by specifying a model, an error function, and minimizing it for some data. I realize I could just use FindFit, but I would like to do it this way just for fun. ...
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Character edge finding

The following line of code finds the edge of a character: ...
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FindMaximum of loglikelihood in Gaussian Process

I am trying to implement a Gaussian Process and have problems to maximize the loglikelihood because the function consists of a determinant of a matrix that is dependent of 2 variables and the product ...
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Complicated equation solving

I want to find the maximum point or optimal value $y$ of Rx1[y_, a_, b_]. ...
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Maximise output issue

When I execute the following command, I get a numerical output as follows: ...
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Minimizing a function which involves Maximize [duplicate]

I have a mathematical function: $f = \frac{c^3}{2 a (k T)^3} \sqrt{\frac{\pi u v w}{2 b}} \exp \left[ - \frac{c}{k T} \sqrt{\frac{x^2+y^2}{a}+\frac{z^2}{b}} + \frac{1}{2} \left( \frac{x^2}{u} + ...
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How can I speed up this NM optimization? Most delay seems to be due to long analytic expression

I am struggling with computational speed of a NelderMead optimization. Nevertheless my impression is that I lose lots of speed not only due to the NM optimization itself but rather to for instance ...
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Looping within linear programming

I am trying to do some network programming around optimization. Here is a reduced sample: ...
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imaginary part in optimization problems

I have some trouble with an optimization problem. The constraints are always real, but in the first place there are also complex parts in the expression (which all sum up to 0). The problem now is ...
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Imposing constraints to NMinimize/NMaximize leads to wrong function values

I wrote a function that uses NMaximize to find certain parameters (using NelderMead simplex algorithm). My objective functional $J({x_i})$ is real-valued and its ...
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Passing complicated functions to NMinimize [duplicate]

I am using NMinimize to do a minimization of sum of squares. I have a module based on the following code ...
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Minimizing/maximizing function and selected parameters simultaneously

I have a function over several variables which I would like to minimize while maximizing (or minimizing) at least one other variable subordinate to the global function minimum. As a trivial ...
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How to add a positive definiteness of a unsymmetric matrix as a constraint to a Findminimum problem

The problem is I have a function which has 33 variables, and which to minimize it in a given set of contraints. I have also a matrix consisting of these 33 variables. The condition is that this matrix ...
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Bug in plotting function using FindMinimum?

Bug introduced in 10.0.1 (or 10.0.0) and persisting through 10.1 or later While working on an answer to RegionPlot from NDSolve, I came across this strange behavior of ...
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Add positive definite matrix constraint to an optimization problem [duplicate]

The problem is I have a function which has 33 variables, and which to minimize it in a given set of contraints. I have also a matrix consisting of these 33 variables. The condition is that this matrix ...