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

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Fitting a variable using multiple equations

I would like to find the best fit of two variables for a number of approximate equations, such as: 1x+2y+2=7.04 2x+y+4=7.98 1.5x+1.5y-2=2.53 1.8x+3y-1=6.77 That ...
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Distribution of 10 points within a unit square

Related to some packing problems, following problem arose: Distribute 10 points within a square of sides 1, so that minimal distance between them is maximized. With the help of random simulation, or ...
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Find minimum value of function which calls NDsolve [duplicate]

I have defined a function which takes a coefficient for a differential equation as an argument, solves the differential equation with NDSolve, and returns the value of the solution at time t=10. I can ...
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DSolve does not solve my system of PDEs

I am a long time Maple user who had just recently got hands on Mathematica. I have a "simple" system of PDEs, one can be solved easily. But I cant seem to get it work in Mathematica. I am nos sure ...
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Travel time sweet spot using: Mathematica and Google Maps API

I want to use Mathematica to do some time minimisation calculations calling on Google Maps API for travel time data. I'm concerned with travel time, e.g. along roads (by car or walk) and not linear ...
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Minimizing roots of a transcendental equations [duplicate]

I'm trying to use the solution of FindRoot with parameters for further calculations. Annoyingly enough it always gives me trouble with replacing the parameters. As an example I'm attaching a simple ...
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Linear interpolation over 2 variables

I'm tuning a function to data over 4-5 variables using Differential Evolution. The objective function calls frequently interpolation function. I came to a point, where compiling the objective function ...
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Minimize solution to linear system with singular system matrix

I am trying to solve a time-dependent linear system with a singular system matrix, $A$, thus an infinite number of solutions, ${\bf x}$(t), exist that satisfy the linear system. The solution I am ...
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Rotational Averaging of Image Periodograms (FFTS)

I'm writing a code to do rotational averages of image FFT's. I have a working version but it is pretty slow. Wondering if anyone has any thoughts on a way to do this more efficiently. Data looks ...
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Help to solve the equation with RungeKutta method [closed]

I need to solve this equation. v'[t] + v[t] == 1/(1 + Exp[-v[t]]) I tried to solve it using RungeKutta method described in Wolfram ...
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NMaximize not satisfying binary constraint

I'm solving an optimization problem in Mathematica with binary integer constraints. It works alright with other constraints. But the only problem is that both NMaximize and NArgMax are not treating ...
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Are there a function to choose the greatest value in a discrete function? [closed]

Supose a discrete function show 1st, 2nd,...6th value are h = {5, 4, 2, 8, 9, 1} And I want to find the maximun in the subset of indexes 1,3,5,6 (what are ...
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inequalities in equations and constraints

Say That I have the constraint: .5<x1<x2<x3<x4<40 I want to use this constraint in a Nminimize function. It seems that mathematica runs into a ...
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What does LinearModelFit depend on except for its' arguments?

I thought this would be always true, but most likely it returns false. ...
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How to reduce notebook or CDF file size with many images in it? [duplicate]

We love to use Mathematica notebooks to keep our notes, so we import lot of scanned photos into notebooks. However, the nb file size goes crazy large after importing photos in it. For example, ...
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How to use Maximize correctly

I would like to Maximize this fairly simple expression ...
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Constrained maximum likelihood

Trying to solve a MLE with nonlinear constraints that need to be satisfied. However, the given solution do not match the constraints. Am I doing it correctly? ...
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How do I find where the maximum is?

I have a function given by: ...
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Optimization problem test suites

Mathematica provides nonlinear, unconstrained test problems here: Needs["Optimization`UnconstrainedProblems`"] and LP test problems here: ...
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Understanding execution time in nested loops

I have the following simple code ...
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Fastest way to create a NxNxNxN dimensional matrix

I have a function that outputs a complex number Func[x_,y_]:= blah blah; I have constructed a table of all possible values of this function. ...
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FindRoot to find numerical solution of a given index

I want to find solutions of a system of multivariate nonlinear equations of a specific index (i.e., the no. of positive eigenvalues of the Jacobian evaluated at the solution). I know the FindRoot ...
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How to obtain all minima? [duplicate]

If you Solve an equation, you obtain all solutions. But If you NMinimize a function, you only get one minimum. The question ...
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How to save numbers that are in Mathematica messages

I have a program that calls FindDistributionParameters and I get the Mathematica message FindMaximum::eit each time I call the function. The message is FindMaximum::eit: The algorithm does not ...
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How to fit one parametric array to another numerical array?

I have two arrays of length n. One of them is obtained by experiment, so every element of the array is a number. The other array is parametric, each element is a ...
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Solving a System of four equations (with logs) [closed]

I am trying to solve a system of four equations in four variables. I have read a number of threads on similar issues and tried to follow the suggestions. But I think it is a bit messy because of the ...
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LinearProgramming and Maximize giving different results [closed]

I'trying to do an embarrassingly simple linear programming problem, and being a total Mathematica and maths analphabet I'm stuck. The problem is to optimize (maximize) the function $1.2x+y$, with ...
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$H_{\infty}$ optimization of transfer function matrix [duplicate]

I have a two-dimensional $(2 \times 2)$ transfer function matrix like this: $$G(s) = \begin{pmatrix} \frac{1}{xs+1} & \frac{1}{s+0.5}\\ \frac{3}{s+3}& \frac{1}{ys+2} \end{pmatrix} $$ The ...
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How to work with Experimental`NumericalFunction?

This question is intimately connected with previous one: "How to create internally optimized expression for computing with high WorkingPrecision?" Oleksandr R. correctly states in the comment: A ...
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Increase optimization processing speed

As you know, sometimes numerically solving of optimization problems takes several minutes. For this reason 2 question came up to me: 1 - When one is abort the optimization procedure, how it is ...
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Numerical Optimization Methods

I am curious if any one has comments on "specific characteristics" of a problem that will deem it to be best solved by a specific optimization method such as ...
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NMinimize go out of bounds on some linear constraints

I'm trying to minimize a non-linear function of four variables with some linear constraints. NMinimize on Mathematica 8 seems to go out of bounds on some constraints giving complex values of the ...
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NMinimize to optimize function Module

I am using Nminimize for simulation based optimization. I define the objective function (simulation with a variable "a") as a module to be used in the minimization. ...
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Minimizing the maximal residual in mathematica

With this: d1 = 10; d2 = 4; mat = RandomReal[{-1, 1}, {d1, d2}]; vec = RandomReal[{-1, 1}, d1]; LeastSquares[mat, vec] ...
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Experimental`NumericalFunction in NMinimize solution

I try to make a number of optimizations using this code: ...
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Simulated Annealing Parameters and Results

I am using SimulatedAnnealing method for a simulation based optimization problem and was wondering if someone can enlighten me on the following features: Is there ...
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Simulated Annealing Convergence

I am using Simulated Annealing method for a simulation based optimization of a process that has 3 variables, using NMinimize. I print the input/output during every ...
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Trouble with NMaximize

I am having trouble with maximizing a function I am interested in. Below is the code I am using. ...
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How to set up and minimize a large system of equations to resolve the individual components

I am trying to set up a system of 400*N equations to deconvolute spectral data for four different compounds. I monitored 400 different wavelengths in N solvents (3 solvents in this case). In order ...
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DifferentialEvolution scaling factor randomization

Using NMinimize for finding global minima, one can choose the DifferentialEvolution method. You can find a (not so) detailed ...
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Convert number to exponent form with highest power possible

As a school assignment we have to write a program which solves this issue. Since the program has to run efficient I am wondering what the best way is to approach this issue. Of course there you can ...
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Faster evaluation of an expression for brute force optimization [duplicate]

I'm trying to bruteforce an optimization problem and I want to generate roughly a million function evaluations. I was wondering what would be the best for me to do in terms of having the expressions ...
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Fastest way to check if an expression contains all symbols from a list

I need to execute this function thousands of times, and the faster, the better. I came up with two versions, but wanted to see if you can come up with an even faster way. Is there a better way? I use ...
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NMinimize seems to call function with the same values multiple times

I have to minimize a function where the evaluation of one parameter set takes very long (around 5sec) and discovered alongside, that NMinimize seems to call this ...
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Domain errors with Maximize/NMaximize

I am trying to maximize a (somewhat) complicated function over probability distribution $p$ and $q$. Here is my input: ...
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Maximization of a function within a unit square [closed]

I work in a unit square. I have some conditions under which areas within the unit square are defined. Say for simplicity that there are two conditions which define two areas. For example, if y > 1/2 ...
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Numerical saddle point problem of a function of many variables

I want to find the following saddle point of the function of 10 variables: . I am not able to find the stationary points by setting the first derivatives to 0, so I need do optimize the function ...
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Symbolic Constrained Optimization

I have a question regarding evaluating constrained optimization problems in symbolic terms. I would like to perform How can I implement the method of Lagrange multipliers to find constrained extrema? ...
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Find Chebyshev center of a region by optimization

Let's consider a region like this: The aim is to find the "Chebyshev center" of the region. By using the polygons, one can approximate the perimeter of region by an $n$-gon ($n$ is large enough). ...