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

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How to solve a quadratic integer programming problem?

I want to solve a quadratic integer programming problem in Mathematica. My first attempt looks like this: ...
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Finding minimal distance between two surfaces

This code will display two parametric surfaces: ...
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Maximizing functions with Which statements

I'd like to be able to find the maximum value that my Capex function (see below) generates. This is a fairly simple function so I could just add it up but I have more complex functions of a similar ...
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Why is this minimization with Boole functions failing?

I am running this command in Mathematica 8.0.4.0: ...
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How to solve this simple equation?

I want to minimize a quadratic equation, but Mathematica does not solve it and only rewrites the solution. I wonder if there exist any way I can skip the computation by hand (I can solve it using ...
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How to draw a tropical surface?

By definition, a tropical surface in $\mathbb R^3$ is the set of points $(x,y,z)$ where the maximum $f=\max(f_1,f_2,\dots,f_n)$ is attained at least twice, here $f_i$ stand for some linear functions ...
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Exiting FindMinimum when a condition is met

I want to determine if a function f[x] can take negative values. f is expensive to compute and ...
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Question about FindMaximum

I must advise you that I am an almost total novice in mathematica.. However here is my very simple question.. I know the command FindMaximum[{f},{x}] to find the maximum point and maximum value of a ...
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What is the status of the FindMinimum method “QuadraticProgramming”?

As a method option to FindMinimum "QuadraticProgramming" is still a valid option. It has the advantage of being significantly ...
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How to fit parameters in a system of coupled differential equations

Problem description: I'm studying a chemical reaction that can be modeled by a system of coupled differential equations, and I want to use measured data to determine the parameters that appear in the ...
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FindMinimum's WorkingPrecision behaviour

I discovered the following behaviour when using FindMinimum for constrained optimization: ...
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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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Minimize failing on a polynomial

Calling: Minimize[{-0.4877 - 0.1190 r^2 - 0.1885 r^4 + 2.9703 z - 0.5531 z^2, 0 <= z <= 3.5 ∧ 0 <= r <= 1.75}, {r, z}] returns ...
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Using a user defined NormFunction in FindFit or NDSolve

I would like to use a different norm instead of the 2-norm in FindFit (Mathematica 9). For example, instead of using $$\sqrt{\sum (x_{\mathrm{model}} - ...
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Assumptions seem not to be considered

In the following a,b is a probability distribution, i.e. a+b==1 with ...
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Ordinary differential equation invloving the function composition

I want to solve the following function: DSolve[(A1*Exp[B1*f[x]] + A2*Exp[B2*f[x]])*f'[x] == A1*Exp[B1*x] + A2*Exp[B2*x], f[x], x] And this is what I get as an ...
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Forcing optimal solution for FindShortestTour

I use FindShortestTour as explained here and it works nicely for a small number of cities. However when I try this with as little as 16 cities, the given tour isn't ...
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Why does EvaluationMonitor in FindMaximum only work for some regions?

This has come about after trying to understand what was going on with this question about FindMaximum and regions. My first thought in that scenario was to set-up ...
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Possible bug / numerical issues with HypergeometricU — any suggestions for a fast workaround?

I've encountered some problematic behaviour with HypergeometricU. I have a probability distribution on the positive integers that takes the following form after ...
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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 perform Bayesian optimization with Mathematica?

Does Mathematica have any Bayesian optimization methods for learning hyper-parameters? Practical Bayesian Optimization of Machine Learning Algorithms Jasper Snoek, Hugo Larochelle and Ryan P. ...
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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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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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Using FindFit to fit nonlinear ODE parameters, subject to a constraint (an inverse problem) [duplicate]

Similar to this post I am finding that constraints tend to make FindFit poor at finding a good fit. However, unlike the previous post, the constraints are required ...
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When using NMinimize[…,Method->“DifferentialEvolution”] is an “iteration” different than a “step”?

Hopefully this question has a simple answer. I have the following bit of code: ...
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$L_\infty$ norm minimization

I write supplemental explanation to render my aim of optimization. First Consider discrete time linear system below: \begin{equation} G(z)=\frac{1-e^{-0.3T}}{z^{100}(z-e^{-0.3T})} \end{equation} ...
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Quadratic programming problem

I am trying to solve a (Sequence) Quadratic Programming (SQP) problem in Mathematica. Here’s the problem setup: ...
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NMinimize/NMaximize is unable to generate initial points

Mathematica 10 generates a warning that it is unable to generate initial points for numerical optimization problems. I picked a particularly simple example. The problem goes away when ...
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How to shade a plotted region in specific direction?

I am using RegionPlot to plot a linear program maximize 30x1+25x2 with the constraints ...
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Handing a list of constraint expressions to a C++ function with MathLink

I need to solve an optimization problem, which is defined in a Mathematica notebook. Using Mathematica's FindMinimum is not an option, because it is too slow. So, ...
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Finding peaks of data

I want to find peaks in my data. My code in a reduced form so far: ...
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Finding large Collatz Sequences, trying to improve speed

Background: I am already very much in love with Mathematica but I am also a novice. So far I have only gathered experience in procedural programming in Python. Generally speaking I am trying to ...
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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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Fitting one function to another

I'd like to see how close I can fit an exponential function to a cosine function in the domain of $\;-\frac{\pi}{2}$ to $\frac{\pi}{2}$ in the least squares sense. ...
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Optimization problem with matrix positivity constraints

Is it possible for Mathematica to parametrically find a local minimum of a given function (say of some variable $x$ where $(a,b,c)$ serve as parameters) subject to the constraint that a given ...
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Find all points that have the same minimum? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find all the local minima/maxima in a range Sin[x] have two points ($3\pi/2,7\pi/2$) where the same minimum ($-1$) is achieved ...
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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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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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How can I set constraints on parameters in NelderMeadMinimize package?

I read about NelderMeadMinimize package. How can I set constraints on the parameters? For example I want to minimize an equation with $10$ parameters such as ${a_1, a_2, ....}$. I want to put the ...
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Minimizing Multiple Functions

I'm trying to write a script that will minimize a given set of functions. The homework problem I've been given lists a set of dietary information, and I'm supposed to build the optimal salad based on ...
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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). ...
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How to maximize a function over a rotation matrix?

I have list of pairs of points: $\{(x_i,y_i)\}_{1\le i\le n}$, $x_i \in \mathbb{R}^3$, $y_i \in\mathbb{R}^2$ and would like to optimize over a rotation $R \in SO(3)$, a translation $t \in ...
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FindMinimum, NMinimize, etc. with external process

I was hoping to be able to use MMA's minimization power to work with an external process. I want to minimize the function 'TryThisNumber[x_]' which sends the value of x to something external and gets ...
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Using ParametricNDSolve and NMinimize to find accurate interplanetary trajectory arrival periapse radius

I have an interplanetary trajectory simulation that calculates the required velocity (using a Lambert solver) and escape angle for a spacecraft to travel from Earth to Mars. This model does not use a ...
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How to stop optimization (e.g. NMinimize) after reaching target value

Suppose we have some function f[x,y] that we want to optimize in way that we are only interested in values (x,y) that guarantee ...
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FindMaximum of loglikelihood in Gaussian Process

I am trying to implement a Gaussian Process and have problems to maximize the loglikelihood because the function consists of a determinant of a matrix that is dependent of 2 variables and the product ...
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Optimizing functions taking matrix arguments

I'm looking for general information on how to optimize matrix valued functions, I have the following function I'm looking to maximize (or figure out if this is possible at all). ...
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Distance between two functions satisfying a constraint

My problem is that I have two functions that are described as follows: ...
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wrong use of _?NumberQ?

I am having trouble with a numerical exercise. Here's a simplified version of my problem. I define two functions to find the solution to two constrained maximization problems: ...