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

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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] - \[Mu])^2, {i, 0, n}], x] It ...
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Fitting Vogel's formula for phyllotaxis to the image of a flower

After having read this question I was inspired to investigate how we could take an image of a plant displaying phyllotaxis and fit Vogel's model of phyllotaxis to the image. The theory is very simple. ...
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Constraint minimization with NMinimize

I am using the following code in order to minimize the function chi ...
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Interpreting a certain result of Minimize

I am given a certain function $f(k_1)$ that I would like to minimize. Asking Mathematica to do it (and supplying the given bounds of other parameters in the expression) I get the following result: ...
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Solve within a range?

Is it possible to solve an equation in which some some of the parameters have defined ranges? Example: ...
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How to optimize my code?

I use Mathematica to handle data.My trial as below: Interpolation function: ...
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Optimizing repeated function calls

Easiest way to keep my library nice, is to naively call some functions many times with same parameters. Doing so prevents from zoo of (library-)global variables and complicated initialisation ...
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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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How to use Maximize correctly

I would like to Maximize this fairly simple expression ...
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Travel time sweet spot using: Mathematica and Google Maps API

I want to use Mathematica to do some time minimisation calculations calling on Google Maps API for travel time data. I'm concerned with travel time, e.g. along roads (by car or walk) and not linear ...
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Minimizing roots of a transcendental equations [duplicate]

I'm trying to use the solution of FindRoot with parameters for further calculations. Annoyingly enough it always gives me trouble with replacing the parameters. As an example I'm attaching a simple ...
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Rotational Averaging of Image Periodograms (FFTS)

I'm writing a code to do rotational averages of image FFT's. I have a working version but it is pretty slow. Wondering if anyone has any thoughts on a way to do this more efficiently. Data looks ...
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Linear interpolation over 2 variables

I'm tuning a function to data over 4-5 variables using Differential Evolution. The objective function calls frequently interpolation function. I came to a point, where compiling the objective function ...
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Help to solve the equation with RungeKutta method [closed]

I need to solve this equation. v'[t] + v[t] == 1/(1 + Exp[-v[t]]) I tried to solve it using RungeKutta method described in Wolfram ...
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Are there a function to choose the greatest value in a discrete function? [closed]

Supose a discrete function show 1st, 2nd,...6th value are h = {5, 4, 2, 8, 9, 1} And I want to find the maximun in the subset of indexes 1,3,5,6 (what are ...
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inequalities in equations and constraints

Say That I have the constraint: .5<x1<x2<x3<x4<40 I want to use this constraint in a Nminimize function. It seems that mathematica runs into a ...
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What does LinearModelFit depend on except for its' arguments?

I thought this would be always true, but most likely it returns false. ...
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How to reduce notebook or CDF file size with many images in it? [duplicate]

We love to use Mathematica notebooks to keep our notes, so we import lot of scanned photos into notebooks. However, the nb file size goes crazy large after importing photos in it. For example, ...
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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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Optimization problem test suites

Mathematica provides nonlinear, unconstrained test problems here: Needs["Optimization`UnconstrainedProblems`"] and LP test problems here: ...
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Fastest way to create a NxNxNxN dimensional matrix

I have a function that outputs a complex number Func[x_,y_]:= blah blah; I have constructed a table of all possible values of this function. ...
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How to obtain all minima? [duplicate]

If you Solve an equation, you obtain all solutions. But If you NMinimize a function, you only get one minimum. The question ...
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Issue with FindCurvePath

I have a problem with the function FindCurvePath. In some cases it crashes the Mathematica 9 Kernel. Here an example, where it crashes the kernel: ...
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Why my Mathematica 9.0.1 wont work with some samples of Mathematica in Graph Theory?

I updated my Mathematica recently to 9.0.1 cause the previous version was giving me freaky result especially in FindMinimumCostFlow and ...
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How to save numbers that are in Mathematica messages

I have a program that calls FindDistributionParameters and I get the Mathematica message FindMaximum::eit each time I call the function. The message is FindMaximum::eit: The algorithm does not ...
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How to fit one parametric array to another numerical array?

I have two arrays of length n. One of them is obtained by experiment, so every element of the array is a number. The other array is parametric, each element is a ...
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LinearProgramming and Maximize giving different results [closed]

I'trying to do an embarrassingly simple linear programming problem, and being a total Mathematica and maths analphabet I'm stuck. The problem is to optimize (maximize) the function $1.2x+y$, with ...
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$H_{\infty}$ optimization of transfer function matrix [duplicate]

I have a two-dimensional $(2 \times 2)$ transfer function matrix like this: $$G(s) = \begin{pmatrix} \frac{1}{xs+1} & \frac{1}{s+0.5}\\ \frac{3}{s+3}& \frac{1}{ys+2} \end{pmatrix} $$ The ...
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NMinimize to optimize function Module

I am using Nminimize for simulation based optimization. I define the objective function (simulation with a variable "a") as a module to be used in the minimization. ...
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Increase optimization processing speed

As you know, sometimes numerically solving of optimization problems takes several minutes. For this reason 2 question came up to me: 1 - When one is abort the optimization procedure, how it is ...
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Minimizing the maximal residual in mathematica

With this: d1 = 10; d2 = 4; mat = RandomReal[{-1, 1}, {d1, d2}]; vec = RandomReal[{-1, 1}, d1]; LeastSquares[mat, vec] ...
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NMinimize go out of bounds on some linear constraints

I'm trying to minimize a non-linear function of four variables with some linear constraints. NMinimize on Mathematica 8 seems to go out of bounds on some constraints giving complex values of the ...
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Numerical Optimization Methods

I am curious if any one has comments on "specific characteristics" of a problem that will deem it to be best solved by a specific optimization method such as ...
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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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Trouble with NMaximize

I am having trouble with maximizing a function I am interested in. Below is the code I am using. ...
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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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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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Faster evaluation of an expression for brute force optimization [duplicate]

I'm trying to bruteforce an optimization problem and I want to generate roughly a million function evaluations. I was wondering what would be the best for me to do in terms of having the expressions ...
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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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NMinimize seems to call function with the same values multiple times

I have to minimize a function where the evaluation of one parameter set takes very long (around 5sec) and discovered alongside, that NMinimize seems to call this ...
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Domain errors with Maximize/NMaximize

I am trying to maximize a (somewhat) complicated function over probability distribution $p$ and $q$. Here is my input: ...
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Symbolic Constrained Optimization

I have a question regarding evaluating constrained optimization problems in symbolic terms. I would like to perform How can I implement the method of Lagrange multipliers to find constrained extrema? ...
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Maximization of a function within a unit square [closed]

I work in a unit square. I have some conditions under which areas within the unit square are defined. Say for simplicity that there are two conditions which define two areas. For example, if y > 1/2 ...
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Numerical saddle point problem of a function of many variables

I want to find the following saddle point of the function of 10 variables: . I am not able to find the stationary points by setting the first derivatives to 0, so I need do optimize the function ...
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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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NMinimize stops with no more memory?

I am using NMinimize function for simulation based optimization. So my objective function is a simulation that runs for every combination of variable values evaluated by NMinimize function. However, ...
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Finding exact local extrema of simple functions

I want to exactly find all the local maxima of f[x_] := x^4/4 - x^2/2 over the interval [-Sqrt[2], 1 + Pi/10]. The correct ...