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

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Optimize a parametric matrix to get a lowest possible eigenvalue

This question is a followup of Plot the lowest eigenvalues of a parametric matrix Now I can get the lowest eigenvalue LowEign(t) of the matrix for a given t numerically. When I plot the LowEign ...
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Pareto optimal fronts using internal function?

Reading this question: How do I estimate the Pareto front in my multiobjective optimization problem? I found @Daniel Lichtbau's interesting answer. Yet I don't know how such an "internal function" ...
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recursively structuring a multivariate numerical optimization

Suppose that I want to partition the unit interval [0..1] into four subintervals whose max length is as short as possible. I can ask Mathematica to: ...
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Value Iteration (Recursive iteration) to Minimize (Optimize) a Function

I have a function that I call as "Value". I am trying to find the minimum of this function and this function is a function of 4 other functions. One of these four functions is recursive based on the ...
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Find the minimum element of a row of a matrix and its column index for each row

I am trying to find the minimum value of a row of a matrix and its corresponding column. Please run the code below. OptV is the matrix that I would like to create which must give the output of the ...
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Complicated implicit plotting - can it be tackled?

I'm quite new to Mathematica and have already spent tons of time on problems of this type, browsing through tutorials and topics here. I'm now coming to conclusion that it cannot be done and am about ...
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How to describe the convex hull of a set of points as an implicit region for optimization?

Last edit: 2016-05-03 A.G.'s answer was the one helped me the most, see explanation at the end of this question. Original question In Mathematica you can create out of a set of points in 2D and 3D ...
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Verify angle pi/4 maximizes launch range [closed]

I'm solving the equation of motion for a projectile in the x, y plane and got this: R = v0^2 sin(2 theta) / g where R is the range of how far the object will ...
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best way for finding approximate root of monotonic sawtooth like function

First I will generate such kind of monotonic sawtooth like function called func ...
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FindMinimum step size too small

I'm running a simulation of an electromagnetic system using Radia, an external code that is run from Mathematica. I want to use FindMinimum to determine some ...
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Indicate minimal path sum

Described on the page: http://www.mathblog.dk/project-euler-81-find-the-minimal-path-sum-from-the-top-left-to-the-bottom-right-by-moving-right-and-down/ It is an example of the solution indicated in ...
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find all global minima (there is more than one global minimum)

I have a function with two global minima, I would like mathmatica to find both of them. for example I have the function: and I'm trying to find both global minima using: ...
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Using function calls as arguments of the objective function in Nminimize

I am trying to run NMaximize as follows: ...
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Maximize a variable in NSolve Function

I want to solve a set of trigometric coupled equations with the NSolve funcion while at the same time trying to maximize a variable which has to be real and between ...
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Minimize sum of array elements subject to conditions

I have array where each point at different times are shown parameters ...
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Find maximum of function constant-included function [closed]

I have to find the maximum of function like this: $f_{a,b,c,d}(x,y)$, where $a,b,c,d$ is arbitrary constant. how to find location of $(x,y)$ which $f$ has max value? all of MaxValue, Findmaximum ...
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A case of complicated fitting of multiple datasets

I've stumbled upon a difficulty while trying to do some fitting which may be called sorta complicated. I'll try to introduce my problem step by step. To begin with, I have a number of datasets ...
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Using ParametricPlot to Display result of Maximize

One would expect that: Plot[f[x],{x,0,1/2}] and ParametricPlot[{x,f[x]},{x,0,1/2}] would always yield identical outputs. ...
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How to Find minimum and maximum using `FindMaximum[]` and `FindMinimum[]`

this is the data that i use to plot. data_damped_osccilation this is my code so far, however it still give me error ...
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Maximize: specify the range of a parameter

I am trying to do symbolic maximization of a function, and would like to specify the range of a parameter of that function. I am able to set constraints of the variable I am maximizing over, but am ...
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NMaximize/NArgMax complain about nonnumerical value (::nnum) when working with a region [duplicate]

Finding the mode of a SmoothKernelDistribution I am using a smooth kernel approximation to a mixture distribution to find the distribution's mode (e.g. by using ...
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Symbolic Maximization: does not work with symbolic power?

Simple question from a beginner: I seem to be unable to do maximization if the variable has a power specified symbolically instead of numerically? ...
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EvaluationMonitor vs. StepMonitor in Simulated Annealing

I am trying to track the evolution of NMinimize using the SimulatedAnnealing options. Simulated annealing has 3 parameters to track: 1) the latest trial point, 2) the latest accepted point, 3) the ...
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Optimizing NMinimization and NIntegration with a Nested List-Valued Function

I want to use NMinimize and NIntegrate on each element of a nested list-valued function. Here's a simple example of what I'm ...
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Problem with Finding Minimum of a Function Solved With NDSolve

I am trying to find the minimum of a particular function, which is solved using NDSolve. What is making it a little more complicated is that it is not the only function solved within the NDSolve and ...
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scaling parameters for vector-valued Non-linear optimization

I am trying to minimize a non-linear vector-valued function in Mathematica. As a test case, I try to minimize a function whose solution I know apriori. The problem is that one of the solutions is ...
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Numerical optimal control

I was hoping to tackle optimal control using Mathematica in order to learn how I can use Mathematica's built in numerical integration and optimization functions together in order to solve an optimal ...
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Can Mathematica solve Kuhn-Tucker Equations with arbitrary functional form (up to 2nd order derivative)

I am in a business of solving a 5-variables optimization with inequality constraints, and I would like to maintain the functional form as arbitrary as possible. So far, I am assuming that the ...
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Strange sharp spikes causing overflow while doing gradient descent

I am trying to find a function h(r) that minimises a functional H(h) by gradient descent. The result of H(h) is a single number. (Basically, I have a field configuration in space and I am trying to ...
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To show optimization movement when using FindMinimum [closed]

The code is suppose to show the movement of optimization points from the first until the minimum point is found on the Contour Plot. However, the plot that I have is not showing the correct movement ...
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Constrained optimization with three variables

A standard optimization problem in economics is choosing a consumption bundle subject to prices and a budget constraint: $$\max_{x,y} \sqrt{x} + \sqrt{y} \hspace{1cm} \text{s.t. } p_x \cdot x + p_y \...
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Finding minima of a function: Ways to speed up the code [duplicate]

I am quite new to Mathematica. I tried to calculate all minima of the function of interest as follows: ...
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Bounding parameters in optimization problems

The following outputs answers for a variety of cases for the parameters, a and b: ...
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Writing a function that finds the difference between two maxima

Suppose i have two functions: $\qquad -2x^2 +5x+3$ and $\qquad -5x^2 +2x+3$ To solve the point where the functions are at maximum i use the command NMaximize ...
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A bootstrap on the p-value of a simple linear model

My model: $y_t=\beta_1+\beta_2x_{2t}+\beta_3x_{3t}+u_t$, with $u_t\sim N(0,\sigma^2)$. My sample is of size 50. I'm trying to do a parametric bootstrap for the t-statistic of $\beta_3$, and I'm ...
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Minimization of a function with non-numeric parameters?

I have the following problem (in Mathematica) I want to calculate the following expressions: ...
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Plot a function after taking the supremum with respect to one variable

Assume given a continuous function $f$ with 2 variables, say $x$ and $y$. $x$ takes values on the interval $I$ and $y$ takes values on the interval $J$. I would like to know how to plot the function $...
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Minimization with constraint define over a region

I would like to perform a 2D electrostatic minimization between two charged ellipsoids, provided that they should not penetrate each other; they can touch but they are hard ellipsoids. Here is what I ...
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Principal Axis Maximization

I know that, in order to use PrincipalAxis, for example in FindMaximum function: ...
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Trouble with some optimization

I am attempting to use Mathematica to solve an optimization problem related to mechanism design (4-bar). The optimization problem is basically the following: 1) Solve these two simultaneous loop ...
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Maximisation problem not working

I am trying to solve the following optimisation problem, but Mathematica is not providing me with a solution: $$\max_{x_{1},x_{2},e_{1},e_{2}}\theta_{1}\ln(x_{1})-e_{1} + \theta_{2}\ln(x_{2})-e_{2} \\...
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NMinimize / adding constraints

I have a quick question: in question:Solving an ODE with boundary conditions at infinity and 0//different problems, I asked for help concerning a differential equation- however, the whole solving ...
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Solving linear system with constraints

I need to come up with a solution for a rather, odd situation. Let's say I have an $M \times N$ matrix called ${\bf A}$, and I would like to solve it for ${\bf x}$ where $b_1 \le {\bf A} {\bf x} \le ...
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Does 'True' stand for 'Else' in Maximise function output?

Maximize[a x^2 + b x + c, x] gives this solution: Does the word 'True' stand for 'Else' here?
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LinearProgramming returns an invalid null solution that apparently doesn't satisfy constraints without any warning

Bug introduced in 10.3.1 or earlier and persisting through 10.4.1 While searching to answer the question Solving the magic backyard puzzle with MMA at some time I composed a set of arguments ...
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Can't find maximum of a function on a region

for h=0.2 I'm trying to find the maximum value of (-h^2/3)*(-1/x^2) subject to ...
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How to visualise (graphically) this optimization problem in Mathematica?

I have an optimization problem in the form max $(a-\bar{a})(b-\bar{b})$ subject to $a+b=1$ Here $\bar{a}$ and $\bar{b}$ are known values and both of them are >0. The solution is given by $a=(1+\...
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Max & min distance between two moving points

I am trying to find the minimal and maximum distance between two moving points with Mathematica in an interval. For example, ...