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

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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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Scalar product of two vectors have the least value

In geometry 3D, let $A(1,2,-3) $ and $B(-1,4,1)$ are two points. In the plane $(P):2x-3y+3z-17=0$, find a point $M$ such that the scalar product of two vectors $AM$ and $BM$ will have the least value. ...
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Optimizing a rank 3 tensor

Assume we have the following elements \begin{equation} F_i{}^j \;and\; S_{ij}{}^k, \end{equation} which represent the components of tensorial objects of ranks 2 and 3 respectively, with Complex ...
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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 find maximum ConditionalExpression among all solutions

For example I want to find solution with maximum value among solutions (and possibly plot it): ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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How can I efficiently check if a graph is unit distance?

A unit distance graph is a graph that is embeddable in the plane so that every edge has length 1. ...
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Find the dimensions of a cylindrical can that will minimize the cost of the material

A cylindrical can is to be made to hold 1 L of oil. Find the dimensions that will minimize the cost of the metal to manufacture the can. This is a standard calculus problem. The volume of the ...
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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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Semidefinite Programming

I want to solve a numerical optimization problem using semi-definite programming. Is there a package or add-on that equips mathematica with this functionality?
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Having difficulty with the Minimize command

I am having trouble getting an answer to this question...Am I missing something that anybody can see. ...
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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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What alternative notation of subscripts/superscripts that are also treated as SYMBOLS in Mathematica?

I tried to avoid using the subscript $A_0$ in the Module, and get an error with $A[0]$. ...
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How to Clear a symbol with subscript in Mathematica? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Clear complains that a variable is not a symbol or a string? I want to clear $\lambda_0$ which is assigned to be $\lambda_0=1$. From the reference here, Clear ...
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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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Numerical problems with calculation of function

I have a problem with a calculation which I try to do with Mathematica (8.0.1). I have the following function which describes a cone (with half opening angle ...
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How to find all the local minima/maxima in a range

I want to find : all local maxima in range all local minima in range From those points I can interpolate and combine functions upper and lower boundary. What I am really interested in, is the ...
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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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Defining a non-linear optimization-problem

Consider the following non-linear optimisation problem: ...
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Solve Lagrange multipliers optimization problem

I have two nested solid figure, where $V(a,h,\tau)$ defines the volume and $A(a,h,t)$ defines the surface. The outer solid figure is parametrized in $a_s$,$h_s$ and $t_s$ (they share a common center). ...
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Maximizing a function with assumptions

Using f[s_] := Log[(s/r)^α ((α - 2) n0 r^α + 2 π Pmax ρ r^2) /((α - 2) n0 s^α + 2 π Pmax ρ s^2)]/s When I run the following line: ...
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Obtain approximate Hessian using FindMinimum

According to the documentation, when FindMinimum is told to use the method "QuasiNewton" on a unconstrained problem, it uses the ...
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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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Strange domain dependency with Maximize

I'm using Mathematica 8 and strangely enough this code: Maximize[{x*(1-0.01 x),x>0},x,Integers] produces the result ...
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Symbolic Optimisation

I'm trying to solve symbolically the following optimisation: $$ \min_{q_uu}\ \Biggl[ q_u q_{uu}\psi B_{uu} + q_u q_{ud}\psi B_{ud} + q_d q_{du}\psi B_{ud} + q_d q_{dd}\psi B_{dd} $$ $$ + ...
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Minimizing a function of many coordinates

I'm trying to obtain a series of points on the unit sphere with a somewhat homogeneous distribution, by minimizing a function depending on distances (I took $\exp(-d)$). My points are represented by ...
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Using Mathematica to help to determine the consistency of and numerically solve systems of non-linear equations

The formal problem The question I am about to ask is applicable to many scientific and engineering problems. In short, I am bout to ask for pointers and practical advice for Mathematica beginners who ...