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

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How to Minimize a Log/Linear function symbolically?

I have my objective function as : $\hspace{25mm} \text{Minimize} \sum_k- \alpha_k \log_2 W_k$ $\hspace{25mm} \text{subject to}: 0\leq W_k \leq q', 0 \leq \alpha_k \leq 1 $ $\hspace{25mm} k ...
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NMinimize Constraints on Interpolating Functions

I have the following piece of code and am trying to use NMinimize (the last line in the following chunk of code) to minimize ...
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Doing same operation on multiple files

Is there a way in mathematica to do same operation on multiple files at once? And preferably have the output in a table or list form? I want to do the following operation preferably in few non-labor ...
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Simplifying sums of rational trigonometric functions

After simplifying the trigonometric functions as advised before (cf. Simplifying Expressions for FindMinimum), I obtained a sum of 62 similar expressions, the first three as in the below: ...
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Solve overdetermined set using Mathematica?

As shown below, this is a overdetermined system. Could you teach me how to find the optimized solution in Mathematica? I know it could be solved by the method of least square, but how to realize it in ...
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FindMinimum[] complains about values outside its constraints

The following optimization has a constraint that b<0, but it's failing because the integral diverges when it tries a small positive b. ...
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Visualizing the Lagrange Multiplier Solution

This question is based on work in Susan Colley's Vector Calculus, 4th ed. The question is to find and classify critical points of $f(x,y,z)=3xy-4yz+5xz$ subject to the constraint ...
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Extrema of a function of three variables

To identify and classify the critical points of the function $f(x,y,z)=x^3+xz^2-3x^2+y^2+2z^2$, I used the Hessian matrix method. ...
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How to repeatly use random number generator in optimization problem

I am looking to run the optimization problem. I already finish my optimization code as below. ...
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Mathematica won't maximize my function

I am trying to maximize two functions. For the first one, the code runs correctly and returns the desired answer: ...
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Solving matrix optimization

I have the following problem. Let $X_1, X_2, \cdots, X_k$ are $n \times n$ Hermitian matrices (need not be positive) given. Let a $n \times n$ positive matrix $A$ is given such that $Tr(A.X_j)<0$ ...
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Simplifying Expressions for FindMinimum

I am currently trying to apply the FindMinimum function to find the lowest energy of an expression. My current expression as of now is relatively complicated. It is the summation of 48 similar terms, ...
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Easy FindMaximum returns a wrong answer

FindMaximum in region is a new function in mma10,but when I tried the following example: ...
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Problems finding intersection points between line and generic function

I'm trying to find Intersection points between a line, which is given by 2 points, and a generic function (I want it to be able to handle polynomial functions, circles/ovals, lines and all ...
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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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NMaximize and Accuracy

I have a problem with NMaximize which is best depicted by the following figure. The result indicates, that the solution mathematica finds seems to be smooth except a few outliers. How can I get rid of ...
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Maximize[Cos[x - 1], x] is not evaluated

No explanation needed: Maximize[Cos[x + 1], x] Maximize[Cos[x - 1], x] producing ...
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Efficient solution for a discrete assignment problem with pairwise costs

Let's consider a simple graph with N vertices, and a corresponding set of N items. The goal of the problem is to assign every item to a vertex on the graph so that sum of a per-edge (that is ...
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How can I name to a saved file with the numerical values of some specific parameters? [duplicate]

I'm using some parameters to determine the elements of a list. I want to save this list with DumpSave, but I need to name it with its parameters. For example, I use the following parameters ...
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How to get rid of numerical scope error? [duplicate]

I am trying to perform a numerical maximization routine on a setdelayed function which involves a numerical integral and I'm getting an error message. The evaluation continues and gives the right ...
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Appropriate method for a Non-linear Optimisation Problem, With Linear Constraints,

I have a small non-linear, chess related, program with linear constraints and an objective function obtained from a polynomial probability generating function including some decision variables . At ...
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Precision and accuracy in NDSolve and NMinimize

I use NDSolve quite a lot and have noticed that setting values for AccuracyGoal and ...
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Finding function by constraints

I have the following coefficient finding problem: f[x] := a * Log[b*x + c] + d Constraints: f[0] = 1 f[80] = 0.5 I want to find the coefficients of f that ...
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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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Method used by NMaximize with a binary linear problem

I'm using Mathematica 7's NMaximize to solve a linear programming problem with thousands of 0/1 integer variables, thousands of linear constraints and a linear target. I suppose I could use ...
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Maximise a function over one parameter that is continuous, and one that is discrete

I have a function that I would like to maximise with respect to two parameters: one continuous, another which is discrete. A simple example of this might be the following: ...
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Optimization over 6 vectors

Suppose I have an expression which depends on 6 unit vectors (3 dimensional). Hence, I need to optimize over 12 parameters (every vector contains 3 parameters, but one we can reduce by considering ...
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i need a swap mutation code (genetic algorithm) in Mathematica?

I'm working on GA coding to optimize the locators position in fixturing system to minimize the error in precision manufacturing.I need a code for mutation (genetic algorithm) in Mathematica. Here, I ...
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Minimizing using indices, error: Part::pkspec1: The expression cannot be used as a part specification

I want to use Minimize where the variables to minimize are indices pointing into an array. Here a MWE that hopefully shows what my problem is. ...
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Numerical minimization hangs at some steps

Let me briefly explain what I observe and cannot really explain by myself. I occasionally use NMinimize to find optimal parameter sets and sometimes it happens that ...
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Solve set of non-linear equations with least-squares-fitting - constrain results?

I'm trying to solve a set of functions to determine the material properties from a set of measurement values. (To set up this method I just want to fit my model with some already calculated data). My ...
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Transforming an Optimization Problem into a multi-vector Optimization Problem

I am sitting on an MultiAgent optimization problem trying to solve for a quadruple of variables {e,l,b,c} In a single agent (...
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L1-Norm Minimization

I need the function for the L1-Norm Minimization problem formulated here https://reference.wolfram.com/language/tutorial/ConstrainedOptimizationLinearProgramming.html#261990371 ...
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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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Finding the least positive integer satisfying a quantified statement

I'm studying the convergence of the sequence of functions $f_n:[0,1]\subset\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ defined by $$f_n(x)=n^2x(1-x^2)^n$$ for $n\in\mathbb{N}$. These functions converge pointwise to the ...
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reset the value of a variable [closed]

Folks, I have a problem in populating a matrix without overriding the values. After performing computations for various values for j, I want to store these values in following matrix. Here is the ...
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Minimizing a function with a constant $l > 0$

I'm VERY new to Mathematica and would like some help with minimizing a function. $$f(x) = \frac{1}{2} \sqrt{\frac{\left(l^4+x^4\right)^2}{l^4 x^2}}$$ I want to find which $x-value$ (probably ...
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Finding the global extrema of a surface? [closed]

I am trying to figure out how to find the global extrema of the function surface shown below and can't seem to get answers that make any sense. I am using the FindMinimum and FindMaximum functions ...
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Fibonacci Line Search Method

I am attempting to write a code to find to bracket the minimum of a function using the Fibonacci Line Search Method, I believe my code is well written but I am not ...
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How to optimize a cost function which involve the solution of a ODE system using the NMinmize?

I have created a cost function, the value of which depends on the solution of a ODE (ordinary differential equation). The parameters of the ODE are not determined, and my goal is to determine them ...
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Finding values of a variable fitting a function and minimizing a list of expressions [on hold]

I am trying to implement bootstrapping (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bootstrapping_(finance)) of CDS curve. To implement it I am trying to minimize a series of expressions so that each expression is ...
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Fun/Frustration With Coding Coding Theory

I have code following from this post: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1317722/fun-frustration-with-coding-coding-theory I think I am done with the code, but now I face a single problem. The ...
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Find a minimum value which satisfies an equation

I have to find a minimum value of "a" which makes x=-a+b+c, y=-a+b+c^2 positive where a>1, 0 ...
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Problem in minimizing expression

I am trying to implement bootstrapping (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bootstrapping_(finance)) of CDS curve. To implement it I am trying to minimize a series of expression. The minimum value of ...
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Finding Minimium Periapse Distance Between Spacecraft and Planet

I have the following simple model that simulates a spacecraft orbiting Mars. What I'm hoping to do is be able to find the periapse radius of the spacecraft as I did below, except instead of using ...
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FindMinimum and WhenEvent

Is there any way to incorporate WhenEvent[] into the FindMinimumfunction ? I'm currently trying to minimize an interpolating function with FindMinimum (since the origional function is to cumbersome ...
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NMaximize with Nelder-Mead method fails to convergence when tolerance set too high

Recently I have been working on a optimization problem for which I use NMaximize with Nelder-Mead method. In general, I have to check a lot of systems which are built automatically. I want to skip ...
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Sharp Ratio Maximization, Closed Forms

I am trying to get a closed form for the following first order conditions (n=4): Here's the nb-File. The code is as follows: ...