# Tagged Questions

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

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### Use NMinimize instead of FindFit for constrained search (of coefficients)

(My problem is more complex, but let us formulate it through this example) I am trying to find the best polynomial approximation to the following function ...
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### Finding maximum or minimum of implicit functions

is there any built in function that can be used to find maximum or minimum of implicit functions? For example, if we have the equation $$x^2 + y^2 = (2 x^2 + 2 y^2 - x)^2,$$ then we can visualize the ...
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### Problems with NMinimize

I have written some functions that take a matrix and find its minimum inner product with a specific set of vectors ...
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### Is there an analogue of Evaluated->False (in FindRoot) for FindMinimum?

I guess functions like FindRoot, FindMinimum, etc puts the estimation number into the expression, and then do other ...
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### NMinValue , NMaxValue , NMinimize and NMaximize behave poorly for 2-dimensional function unless the constraint is posed as an ImplicitRegion

I am making a plotting function where I need to know the max value the function takes over the given 2D range. I noticed a difference between the behavior of ...
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### How to get the correct answer of this expression with Minimize? [closed]

I want to find minimum value of the expression $$P = 13 x^2 + 12 y^2 + 22 z^2$$ such that $x y + y z + z x = 1$. I tried ...
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### FindMaximum “is not a real number at” nrnum problem

I'm experiencing a problem using FindMaximum that I don't understand (due to my newbie knowledge of Mathematica's syntax). That is, FindMaximum sometimes returns a (correct) answer, but sometimes ...
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### How to minimize the sum of squares of deviations from the mean?

I am trying to minimize the sum of squares of a deviation from the mean applying the following: Minimize[Sum[(Subscript[x, i] - μ)^2, {i, 0, n}], x] It returns ...
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### Variables input generation for Minimization in High dimensional space [duplicate]

I'm currently doing optimization in a high dimensional space. I was thinking of giving FindMinimum (or NMinimize not certain ...
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### Maximizing over an integral with a single parameter

There is probably a neat approach to solve this problem...but can't get to it at the moment. How do you maximize an integral with respect to a single parameter? My code below produces error messages. ...
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### Shortest tour with vertex priority

I changed the title of my question and tried to simplify formulation of the problem. I solve a very big vehicle routing problem. I divided this one big problem on many small sub-problems. Each small ...
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### How to find alignments of interlocking shapes?

I'm searching for the ways to align interlocking shapes, that is, finding the locations and rotations that maximize the arc length at which they touch. For simplicity, I'm assuming 'shapes' are one ...
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### How can I improve the result of this non-linear optimization?

Given a positive integer $d$ and some $0 < t < 1$ I would like to find a global minimum1 for $$\sum_{k = 1}^n d^2 \tan\left(\frac{\pi}{2} \, x_k\right) + 8 d$$ over $n \in \Bbb{Z}_{> 0}$ ...
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### How to solve Quadratic Program in vector form?

I've gotten Q matrix and Y vector, Q matrix is a 7x7 matrix, but the "NMinimize" in wolfram seem can only solve the real number not vector, how to solve it in vector form? (alpha 7x1 vector, Y 7x1 ...
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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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### Improving strategy to solve this constrained root-finding problem

I am looking for roots of the function eqs defined below. It has $2k$ unknowns and returns a vector of $2k-1$ components. The sole purpose of the following block ...
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### Fitting to the system of equations with no analytical solution

I'm trying to fit linear combination of 2 functions to my experimental data set (it represents voltage of 2 photodiodes - Voc1 and Voc2 - connected in series under illumination - S) ...
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### How to get function output with Manipulate

I have a program, which makes Gauss-Jordan transformations (not too pretty, I suppose). I want to get output with Manipulator like that: Two-Phase Simplex Method with only "step number" slider. One ...
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### ParametricNDSolve[ ] and NMinimize[ ] in Combination

I have the following code that is used to simulate a spacecraft orbiting Mars, and uses ParametricNDSolve to vary the spacecraft's initial conditions using a parameter value ...
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### Find parameters that minimize the distance between two curves in terms of the infinite norm

I am trying to implement a very simple NMinimize code that would search for parameters of a polynomial that minimize (globally) the distance between this polynomial ...
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### None of the NMinimize methods leads to the answers of the equation

The following 10 equations has one set of exact answer using NSolve in Mathematica 9.0.0.0 (for positive c2, alpha1, alpha3, beta1, beta3, A1 and A3): ...
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### Maxima turn out to be false maxima when extremising function locally

In short: I have a 2-D function that gives this plot, where the orange dots are maxima: There are 4 maxima in this plot. Now, I plot the function again in a smaller region, close to these maxima, ...
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### Find function tracing the maximum of a 2D function

I'd like to solve the following problem: Given MI[o_, n_] := Log2[1 + 4 o (Sqrt@n + Sqrt[1 + n])^2] Find a function f[n_] ...
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### Numerical Instability?

Current Status Please skip ahead to Update 2: the key questions are now: 1/ Why does Mma generally fail to find the minimum for a well behaved function when the function does not have infinite ...
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### a question about Nminimize [closed]

I have 10 equations and 10 unknown parameters such as alpha1,alpha2,a1,a3,... which I want to find them by minimizing ...
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### Graphically solving a linear programming problem

I try to realize the graphical linear programming method. Here is my code ...
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### Incorporating sophisticated constraints on the approximating function into NMinimize

Following the approach as given in the answer of Belisarius here I just wonder how one could incorporate some more sophisticated requirements on the approximating function. Suppose the approximating ...
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### FindFit and NMinimize to fit a parametric model (minimize the distance of two curves)

I am trying to find a fit to the cumulative distribution of a set of points using FindFit or NMinimize. In particular, I would like to find the parameters of the cdf of the Beta Distribution that ...
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### NMinimize error

I want to use NMinimize in the following way: ...
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### Maximum of the minimum of two functions

I have two functions, each with 15 variables. How can I find maximum (minimum) of these functions? I know that minimum (maximum) of two functions is a multi-criteria function but I cannot find it. ...
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### Problem with inequality constraint

I'm using NMinimize to solve the following objective function. ...
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### Minimize function with logical arguments

How can I minimize or maximize a function (even numerically) with logical arguments, taking only 0s and 1s, also with constraints? E.g. ...
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### ArgMax, FindArgMax, and NArgMax disagreeing on answer

In working on an estimation problem, I created three Gaussian-like functions. The ML estimate could be seen as the argmax of the product of the three functions. In trying to get the code to run ...
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### FindMinimum not accurate [closed]

Consider the function f[B_, d_] := -158.57189 + 982.533102 B^2 - 5.6768579 d + 895.1968 d^2 + B (-18.7772 + 655.02206 d); ...
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### FindMinimum with compiled function [duplicate]

I don't know how to fix this problem: ...
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### How to make Maximize function successfully maximize in general?

Having looked at Maximize Documentation SO: Mathematica: Commands return no output, but itself. Bug? Problem with Maximize Why won't Mathematica Solve a set of two equations for one variable? ...
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### Parallel function evaluation for minimal value

I am asking myself, if the evaluation of a function f looking for a minimal value over a discrete set of values can be parallelize (brute scan for a potential ...
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### Trying to maximize an expression with integer and real variables

I am trying to solve this equation The link has a screen capture of the equation and the solution. I am looking for the values of a1 and a2 in particular, but they need to be real numbers. s1 and s2 ...
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### Optimization not evaluating, further specifications?

I am trying to find the global minimum of this simple function for real x and y f = x^2*(1 + Sin[y]); Of course, I know it is 0. But Mathematica seems not be able to handle this expression since ...
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### Trying to minimize a function over the integers

I am trying to evaluate the following expression. ...
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### Speeding up constrained optimization problem solving

I have a problem on my homework with Lagrangian multipliers that Mathematica has now been bashing at fruitlessly for 10 minutes. I'm not sure whether I did something horribly wrong codewise, but it's ...
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### NMinimize fails on Mesh?

Context I want to identify the minimum of a solution of a PDE found on a mesh. Problem I do not understand why NMinimize fails on a mesh? As a test case, ...
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### Speeding up the non-negativity algorithm for multilinear function with interval probabilities?

The algorithm is a branch-and-bound algorithm that calculates the non-negativity of a multilinear function with interval probabilities. The lines 9-11 has an optimization that is explained on the ...