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

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Is Mathematica `ContourPlot` function really so efficient?

I wanted to find the roots of the function $f(x,y)=\sin(3.2x)\sin(1.3y)-2.1 \sin(1.3x)\sin(3.2y)$. This is what the function looks like: ...
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How to evaluate NMinimize inside a function

I want to define a function that returns a sum of differences of some points to a given function. To obtain these differences I would like to use NMinimize, but if I implement that straightforwardly, ...
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Tricks to speeding up optimisation of a function involving a heavy integration

This is the code, and energycoeffs[] is the function that takes in a dxd matrix and spits out a scalar value. ...
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Problem with FindMinimum

I am struggling with a problem on fitting a function to my data using FindMinimum. The problem is related to small angle x-ray scattering and my approach is the following: I define the electron ...
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Using FindMinimum with matrix input

I define the following function which spits out a number S when I feed it a dxd square matrix: ...
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NMaximize with matrix input

I defined function f[x_, fixed_] := {...}. Here x is an $M\times N$ matrix. I want to maximize $f$ with respect to $x$. I have ...
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Problem with the laplace transform

I am trying to write a program in mathematica to solve green's functions, like the following. They come up all the time in Quantum Field Theory. I have learned, student's can sometimes see it better ...
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Iterating a model with 2nd order difference equations using Manipulate [duplicate]

I have a model including first and second order difference equations. It works for the case of first difference equation, which is below: ...
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optimization of CountourPlot with NIntegrate

I have to use ContourPlot with a complicated function depending on 2 parametrs (that I cannot report here) that contains numerical integrations. Here is a simple ...
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NMinimize in one-dimensional Interval

An Interval should be a one-dimensional region, so a region. I tried to minimize a function over an interval, e.g.: ...
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How to plot feasible objective space of a Generic Multiobjective Optimization problem?

As you know, a generic Multiobjective optimization problem can be stated as follows: $min{\space}F(\bf{X})=[f_1(x),...,f_n(x)]$ $h_k(x)=0{\space\space\space} k=1,...,n_e$ ...
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Convex optimization

I am playing with some Compressed Sensing (think single pixel camera) applications and would like to have a Mathematica equivalent of a Matlab package call Convex Optimization (CVX). Specifically, I ...
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Packages for Semidefinite programming

This question has already been asked here. I am not sure, whether I should have asked this question as a comment of an old question or in the general programming forum of stackexchange. Moderators ...
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Black Ovals appeared in my Mathematica notebook [duplicate]

I copied and pasted something from another Mathematic notebook and started getting the same black ovals seen in this question: Colored marks appearing in notebook input text? The suggestion to turn ...
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How to determine reason for kernel crash? -> Nelder Mead optimisation

I am making use of the Nelder Mead algorithm inside Mathematica's NMaximize to find a parameter set by solving the Schrodinger equation for a given system. (see ...
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Minimize doesn't solve a problem with many symbols

I am trying to solve a simple constrained optimization problem. I am running the code ...
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Maximum likelihood estimation based on frequency table

I have a frequency table of grades, I'm trying to estimate the distribution as a truncated normal distribution (a grade below 65 is a failing grade and doesn't count). Since I don't have the actual ...
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Nash equilibrium in game theory?

Are there examples of the solution of Nash non-cooperative games with mixed or pure strategies? How could be implemented in Mathematica 10?
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My code of plotting a two-variable function is too slow [closed]

I have a code in which my complicated function to be plotted is F(x,p). I would like to graph it for 5 values of p equal to 10^7, 10^8, 10^9, 10^10 and 10^11 for x values between 0.01 and 0.99. All ...
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How to properly apply NumericQ or s.th. similar here? - NDSolve inside NMaximize

I wrote a function that numerically solves a given Schrodinger equation and returns replacement rules to obtain the time evolution operator. It looks and is used as follows: ...
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How to find Lagrange multipliers corresponding to constraints?

I have a constrained optimisation problem that I solved using Mathematica's FindMinimum function. I would like to know how to get the dual variables corresponding to the constraints I have. Obviously ...
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Set first line in CSV as header in mathematica list

New to stackexchange. Need some help with mathematica - also new to this!. I have a CSV file with 80 something columns and 6000 something rows = 500,000ish elements in total. I am trying to import ...
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Inequalities with assumptions and constraints

I'm using Mathematica 8 I've been searching the net without luck for this specific solutions: Suppose I have an inequality f(x;M,m)>0 where I KNOW that M>4m and m>0. How can I let Mathematica know ...
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NMaximize against LinearProgramming [closed]

i'm starting my studies of Operational Research with Mathematica and i'm stuck on a problem with 12 variables. In fact, I was able to solve the problem using ...
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How to determine if directories with executable permission and not

I have some directories that have the UNIX executable permission some does not. What tests could I write in Mathematica to test it?
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How to solve a multi-vector optimization problem efficiently?

How to efficiently solve a optimization problem which involves multiple vectors? My optimization problem is: $\min_{\bf{K}_{i}} \sum_{i<j}\left[\bf{t}\cdot(\bf{K}_i-\bf{K}_j)\right]^2$, s.t. ...
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How to speed up my code with constructing matrices

I have run this program for a long time to get the result for n = 2048(about 5hours) and no more result till now (can't run with n = 4096). I would know how to make it more efficient. Any help or ...
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Search optimum on connected simulation

Do you know how can I find minimum/maximum of a simulation written in a Module. The simulation calculates a potential value to a territory after some steps. It would seem like this: ...
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What is the difference between FindFit and NonlinearModelFit

I cannot get the difference between these two fitting functions in Mathematica. I even read in MMA that the result of these two are the same.
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Collatz optimization

I'm VERY new to Mathematica programming (and by new I mean two days), and was solving Project Euler question 12, which states: Which starting number, under one million, produces the longest ...
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Symbolic quadratic constrained maximization with non-negativity constraints?

Dear Mathematica users, I attempted to maximize the below quadratic function K, subject to x1+x2<=A, and a series of ...
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Why does NMaximize does not follow the constraints that were given to it?

(someone may want to mark it as a duplicate, but I still have to ask! I just can't figure out why!) ...
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Maximization of n-variable and n-constraint in matrix form

I am trying to do some maximization using matrix algebra: very simple one is with n = 3 as the following: ...
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Incorporating the minimum and maximum of the function in a Dynamic plot

I'm working on my project for class and it's supposed to be a graph that can take functions from the user and display it along with finding the max and min of the graph. But I just don't know how to ...
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3D Ploting in Mathematica Function is getting smeared [duplicate]

A = x^2 + y^2 + Sqrt[x^2 + y^2]; B = x^2 + y^2 - Sqrt[x^2 + y^2]; Plot3D[{B}, {x, -1.5, 1.5}, {y, -1.5, 1.5}] I want to remove this sky blue region from the ...
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Calculate the relationship between the duration of two oscillating functions

I am trying to quantitatively determine the relationship between the length of two oscillating functions. Meaning, what is the duration of the green spike in relation to the blue square? Does anyone ...
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NMinimize tries to find the fit to paramters which are not in the objective function

Consider the codes below: fun[x_] := (x - 4)^2 NMinimize[{fun[x]}, {x, y}] it returns: ...
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Optimiazation method L-BFGS-B

I am comparing a result of optimization using R and Mathematica. Mathematica (NMaximize) has found a significantly better (global optimum) result then R (using ...
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Optimizing a System of 5 Equations

I have a system of 5 equations that each define a parameter for a metal I-beam. The common variables are beam width (W), web thickness (Tw), and flange thickness (Tf). I would like to find the best ...
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Optimization with assumptions

I have the following problem, when I am trying to optimize function with pre-defined assumptions. I am using Mathematica 8 and I wrote the following simple code ...
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Test existence of a path from one side of a graph to another

I'm trying to determine how I can test if a path exists from one side of a graph to another as efficiently as possible. If I have the Lines given by: ...