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

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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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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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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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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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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: ...
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Find condition under which variables fall away

I have a somewhat lengthy expression, looking like expr = 1 + x + b + Pi + 2*a Is there some way of generating a relationship between ...
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How to use mathematica to create school time-table?

I wonder if it is possible to use Mathematica for helping myself to create school timetable. I have a feeling that it requires quite simple optimization algorithm, but I have never been into ...
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Mathematica Library

I created a Mathematica packagr and then I used the Needs function to add the library to my .nb file, but when use a function in my .nb file and the function is built in my library it comes up with ...
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quadratic constraint feasibility

Suppose that $A$ is an $n \times n$ matrix, and I have observed some entries of $A$, say, $A_S$ ($A$ restricted on $S$) for some subset $S$ in $\{1,...,n\} \times \{1,...,n\}$. I want to know if it's ...
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parameter optimization

Does anybody know of any tutorial material that explains how to use Mathematica to fit parameter values used in a set of ordinary differential equations to experimental values stored in a comma ...
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Efficient processing of Special Ordered Sets with LinearProgramming

I'm playing with integer linear programming, especially problems involving lots of constraints which would appear to be special ordered sets. Below is a toy example, three last rows of the matrix ...
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Optimization with Matrix value constraint

I am trying to find the orientation and position of a polygon resting on a curved surface under gravity.The polygon MUST not be penetrated by any part of the surface below. Here is an example for a ...
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Trouble with Minimize

Minimize[{t^2, 1 == 3*t + 16*u}, {t, u}, Integers] It does not give the solution t = -5 and u = 1. Am I missing something? The solution being known and ...
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optimization problem with NDSolve

I want to minimize the function fcc. When fcc is calculated for a specified point the answer is correct: ...
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Maximum of Minimum of a two variable function

I have F[x, y] := (y/2)(2 Cos[2x] + 2 Cos[x] + 1)/5 + ((1 - y)/2)(2 Cos[x] + 1)/3. I am looking for the maximum of the minimum of ...
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NMinimize problem again

Following up my previous question which got great replies, I am now trying to do ...
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Determining the local extrema of discrete data [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Local max/min of Mathematica data sets If I have a continuous function f (for example ...
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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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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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Optimizing a function involving NDSolve results in error messages

I want to minimize a function f with NMinimize but an error occurs that says: ...
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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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How does FindShortestTour work?

How are FindShortestTour and the algorithms therewithin implemented internally? Also: Can I access some form of incremental, in-progress result during evaluation? ...
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FindMaxValue and FindMaximum - how to find GLOBAL maximum and not just LOCAL maximum

I will not be able to provide a simple minimum working example here as this seems to be very specific. I have an interpolating function which I substituted into a PDE and then plot said PDE at a ...
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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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Decomposing a diagonal positive real matrix

I would like to 'decompose' a diagonal positive real matrix $E$ of rank $D$ onto $\sum_{i=1}^{D}c(i)N^i$: $$E = \left( \begin{array}{ccc} 0 & & & \\ & a & & \\ ...
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Working precision and pure functions in FindMinimum

I have this function: fun = (# - 5.0)^2.0 & Then, I want to find the minimum: ...
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How to build a list of constraints for NMinimize

Let's say I have aset = {-1, 0, 2}. I would like to create a variable Var that takes values from that set, i.e. ...
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Problem using the DifferentialEvolution method of NMinimize [closed]

I have a function of 20 parameters, which 3 of the parameters are my physical parameters, and the others are pull terms to fix the errors. The goal is finding the global minimum of this function, to ...
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Restrictions problem

I tried to program a simple linear optimization model and don't know where my mistake lies. The function should be a sum over "t" and "z" from the product of two constants ("e" and "H") and the ...
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Array in Sum in Minimize - error “Part specification x[1] is neither a machine-sized integer”

Help please M = 10; z = Array[x, M] {x[1], x[2], x[3], x[4], x[5], x[6], x[7], x[8], x[9], x[10]} ...
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How to minimize a list of data points?

I have a list called diff1: ...
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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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Simulated Annealing InitialPoints option

I have a cost function that depends on 4 parameters: CostFunction[{tx,ty,tz,ox}]. I used NMinimize[] function with ...
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Nonlinear Optimization with conditional statement

I find Maximize doesn't work well under conditional statement. Here is an example. A car is driving up a slope. I want to find out the largest slope angle the car can drive upwards. I choose the ...
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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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How can I change the MPS format in Linear Programming samples of Mathematica?

I am trying to play with some linear programming examples of Mathematica as ExampleData[{"LinearProgramming", "blend"}, "Equations"]. It gives me the MPS format of ...
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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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Finding the minimum of a function

I asked this question Mark Minimum Value in DensityPlot. Another question has come up, or better said, a task: Find the minimum of a function. I haven't been able to write the needed code for that, ...
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Minimizing a function with some restrictions

I need help in finding a way to minimize a function with some complex constraints. I'm not an expert in this field, but I'm still trying to understand if I can do something with my problem. So, ...
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Finding a fixed vector which minimizes the pairwise distance between noisy elements in two unordered arrays

Let $A$ and $B$ be two sets of $d$-dimensional coordinates of comparible (though not necessarily equal length). For example, here we can set $d = 3$ and have normalized values like: ...
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Problems with FindMinimum for Constrained Optimization

I am trying to define a simple optimization problem, arising from the discretization of a simple Optimal Control problem. The problem that results is essentially linear, with bilinearities only ...