# Tagged Questions

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

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### NMinimize to Optimize Parameters for Quarter Car Model

I am very new to Mathematica and am trying to simulate a mountain bike suspension by using a quarter-car model and I have input a displacement vs time road profile for two bumps for the excitation. ...
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### Absolute minimum of a function

I would like to ask for some recomendations in order to get a faster result of a function evaluation to get the absolute minimum. In my desperate moments I have written the following code to get the ...
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### How do I Maximize over a Cuboid region?

So, I want to, say, find a maximum value of $|x_1x_3+x_1x_4+x_2x_3-x_2x_4|$ in a unit cube in 4D; how do I do that? I've tried ...
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### Find extremal values while plotting

I have a parametric function {x[t],y[t]}. I then do ...
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### From “NMinimize::nosat: Obtained solution does not satisfy the following constraints within Tolerance”, can prove something?

I got a very very complicated function G[r1,r2,F1,F2] to minimize. It has four variables, r1,r2,F1,F2. When I introduce the ...
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### How to set step size in FindMinimum?

My initial guess is very close to the solution. So I want step size is to be very small. Is there anyway to control the step size in the findminimum function?
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### How to solve a constrained minimization problem?

I unsuccessfully tried ClearAll; Minimize[x^(8/5) + y^(8/5) + z^(8/5), x*y*z + x^2 + y^2 + z^2 == 4, {x, y, z}] No output during few hours. I am interested in ...
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### Step Monitor option in DifferentialEvolution

Using the "Step Monitor" option what exactly do I read? Does it show me the "best solution" for each population? Or does it show me each search point in the population? Also is there an integrated "...
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### “PostProcess” and “Tolerance” in DifferentialEvolution? [closed]

What is "postprocess" option in DifferentialEvolution method (for instance when using ...
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### Problems with NMaximize [duplicate]

The Objective function I would like to Maximize takes less than a second to evaluate. There are several packages needed to evaluate it, so I'm not showing it here. ...
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### Time limit NMaximize [closed]

Is it possible to time limit NMaximize? It is taking so long to evaluate my minimum, that I would like to see if it is doing what I expect it to do. So I was thinking of time limiting it in order to ...
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### Minimize a function containing a file exportation

I have the following problem: ...
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### Minimize with Interval restriction

If for instance I have a problem of this sort: ...
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### Is it possible to get the error estimates of predicted values computed by FindMinimum using the Levenberg Marquardt method?

I use the LevenbergMarquardt method of the FindMinimum function to minimize a residual function (mathematical-optimization). This residual function is computed from experimental data and the solution ...
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### Check if interpolated function passes through a specified region

Is there an efficient way to check if a curve that was obtained as an Interpolating Function (from solving differential equations numerically) passes through a given region? I am solving for two ...
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### Can I hold a condition in NMaximize/NMinimize?

I'd like to use NMaximize/NMinimize with the condition ...
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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 [closed]

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 value of parameter such that the maximum value of a function satisfies a condition

I have defined a function x3 as follows: ...
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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 ...
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 \...