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

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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, ...
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Kernel crashes during `LinearProgramming`. Can you reproduce it?

Using the code from this answer for a sufficiently large problem setting crashes my kernel. I'll copy/paste the code here: ...
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Efficient maximisation of log-likelihood

I would like to efficiently find the maximum $(\sigma,\lambda)$ for the log-likelihood of the derived distribution below. I only need $\sigma$ and $\lambda$ to one decimal place - so not very precise. ...
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Casting an optimization problem into least-squares form for Levenberg-Marquardt [duplicate]

I would like to use the function FindMinimum[] with the Method LevenbergMarquardt to this function: ...
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Error with FindMinimum. The Message is FindMinimum::cnpcons

I want to run a rather demanding check of feasibility. I have 3565 non-negativity constraints for my variables, and one that makes them sum to a certain budget they shall not surpass. I also have ...
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Using the Levenberg - Marquardt algorithm to minimize a user-defined function

I wrote a function in Matlab that optimizes another user defined function using lsqnonlin with 'levenberg-marquardt' option. Now, I'd like to use the first to ...
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Invalid computation of maxima

I am finding the following minimum FindMinimum[{ Abs[ ArgMax[f[q, n, b, b0, b1, t, s], b] - b1 ] }, {b1, -0.5}] given ...
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Risk-return trade-off — solving a convex optimzation

I try to convert a convex optimisation (cvxopt) example to the Wolfram Language from python. Source of the python code: Risk-return trade-off Please advise me on how to convert the following python ...
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How to couple NIntegrate with FindMinValue

I have a problem with a correct transfer of values of parameters when NIntegrate (and some subsequent functions) are coupled with minimizing procedures in ...
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How to Minimize an NIntegral

My problem is to minimize in Mathematica a numerical integral. The command FindMinimum[With[{R=2.5},NIntegrate[(R*r1*a)*Sin[r1*a],{r1,1,R}]],a] does calculate ...
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Possible memory leak in FindMinimum? (MMA v10.0)

So I was running some code when I noticed Mathematica was gulping memory, and after some debugging I think the culprit is found. It turned out the function ...
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How do I write a function inside a ArgMin

I want to solve this ArgMin[NIntegrate[(Tanh[x] - Erf[x/a])^2, {x, -5, 5}], a] and it does not work, what is the correct way to do this? ...
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Finding a vector many times

I have a vector matrix of profits say prof= {{1, 1, 1, 1, 1}, {2, 2, 2, 2, 2}, {3, 3, 3, 3, 3}, {4, 4, 4, 4, 4}, {5, 5, 5, 5, 5}}; I have a "terminal value ...
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Customized StepSize control in unconstrained gradient-descent optimization

I have a type of minimization problem I frequently solve that involves warping a large 2D triangle-mesh (~25,000 vertices) to fit a model. In the mesh, vertices carry the empirical measurements (each ...
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Classification problem using SVM methods

I am running SVM on mathematica and I a used this code with classes: ...
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Goal optimization: finding the best combination of capacitors and resistors resulting in given properties

I want to edit @MarcoB answers (because the code he gave doesn't answer the question appropriately)->(the function that need to be optimised is not implemented as asked) But it seems like I am having ...
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Optimizing best fit circle to given data set [duplicate]

Given a set of data, I have plotted a slowness curve for a p-wave resulting from the given data. A slowness curve is just the reciprocal of the velocity of the p-wave. What I need to do is find a ...
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Basic question about loops in mathematica

I am very new to Mathematica programming and am trying to find the optimum of a numerical integral for various values of a parameter. Here is the basic code for one parameter value that runs fine - I ...
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Exponential fitting - isn't actually a BUG there?

There are many questions on this site about wrong exponential fitting in Mathematica but no one considers this well-known problem as a potential bug. Usually people suggest well-known workarounds ...
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How to transform the output of Minimize/Maximize into a function

I want to create a function directly from the output of Maximize. Specifically, I have the following function $f(l,h,d,a)$ that I want to maximize with respect to $...
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Paramter Scans and $\chi^2$ Test in Mathematica

Is there any in-built function or a recommended package that enables one to find, say, 10 Parameters, which are used as boundary conditions in NDSolve, that minimize $\chi^2$? ...
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How is the multi-class support vector machine classifier implemented? [closed]

I am using support vector machine (SVM) method with Classify to do multi-class. Can anyone tell me the reference (paper) used by Wolfram Mathematica to develop the ...
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Running this expression in Minimize function

So I got this expression here (written in pure text): ...
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Maximized value of a function as an additional constraint on a variable

I want to maximize a function $f(b, h)$ with respect to its arguments and subject to some additional constraints. If these constraints are satisfied, $f$ is increasing in $h$. I then want to find an ...
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How to find a maximum value in a rotated parametric plot?

Let me just give you a bunch of tables to reproduce the problem. Here they are ...
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Finding minimum and maximum of implicit functions

The equations of the system are ...
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Simulated Annealing, SearchPoints and InitialPoints options set at the same time

I have a function that needs to be minimized. Since the function depends on real-time data (which is fetched every few hours, and the function is redefined according to the new data), I have to run ...
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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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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 calculations....
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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 can I minimize a function with respect to the number of its variables?

Given some $d \in \Bbb{Z}_{>0}$, $t \in [0,1]$, and $0 < a < b < 1$, fix $I = [a,b]$. I'm trying to compute $$ \min_n \min_{E_n(t)} f_d(\mathbf{x}) $$ where $n \in \Bbb{Z}_{>0}$, $$ f_d(...
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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 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 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 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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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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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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Exponential Matrix Diffentiation

I have been struggling with the following question while solving an optimization problem in $\mathbb{R}_{+}^G$. Basically, I have $$\min_{y \in \mathbb{R}_{+}^G} F(y) = y^{T}\mathcal{K} + \exp(-y^{T} \...
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Minimization with respect to functional constraints [closed]

I am trying to do the following on Mathematica: Given a pair $(x,y)$, minimize an objective function $f(x,z)$ such that z satisfies $g(x,z) \leq g(x,y)$. I have defined both functions ...
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Count and NMinimize don't seem to work together

Initially I write down a 2x2 unitary (Uni) , make a tensor product 4 times (LocalUni) and apply it to an initial numerical matrix Rho, to obtain RhoLU, that depends on 12 parameters. This is my code: ...
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Minimization of linear combination of vectors

Suppose I have a vectors in $\mathbb{R}^{6}$. For example, take the vector $v = k(-2,2,4,6,2,2)$. I would like to find some $k$ with the constraint that the last two components are necessarily non-...
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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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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_] ...