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

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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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how to solve an optimization problem in terms of matrices as the argument

How can I minimize an expression of the form a^T A a where a is a matrix. The following approach does not work if ...
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Manual maximum likelihood estimation of a mixture with no closed form

Let $X$ be a random variable that is from a mixture of two Lognormals (Lognormals(mu1,sigma) and Lognormals(mu2,sigma)) and set $Y=X_1+X_2+...+X_{10}$ a sum of 10 random variables from this mixture. ...
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Solving minimum length confidence interval problem

I'm trying to find the minimum length of a confidence interval for the variance from a sample iid with normal distribution. I tried ...
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Convex optimization

I am playing with some Compressed Sensing (think single pixel camera) applications and would like to have a Mathematica equivalent of a Matlab package call Convex Optimization (CVX). Specifically, I ...
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What is that Root[…] inside the answer represent? [duplicate]

So I am encountering this situation, in which mathematica doesn't give me the answer, but in a form of "Root". How do I interpret this ? what is the number after the "&" represent? How should I ...
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FindMinimum slower in MMA10

I've recently updated one of my PCs (both have the exact same build) to Mathematica 10. After running the exact same notebook (which has two FindMinimum calls) on ...
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Minimize loop optimization

I'm new in Mathematica 10. So far, I have a two variable-function and I've use Minimize to find the optimal solution. Nevertheless, I'd like to make a sensibility analysis and study how this optimal ...
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2D Arrangment/Optimization Problem

Okay, I have a list of angles, call it A. How would I arrange them in a 2D m-by-n grid G such that the distances between each adjacent angle-element (row- and column-wise) is minimized? G has as ...
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Speeding up NDSolve for system of differential equations

I am wondering if there is a way to speed up this function that solves a system of ordinary differential equations with NDSolve? Thus far I've tried specifying a few different methods such as LSODA, ...
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Simulated Annealing for NMinimize[] always returning the same solution

I have a function defined as follows: ...
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Optimization Algorithm: ideas wanted

EDIT: Lets assume a random matrix: ...
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Problems extending NelderMeadMinimize into 2D

Update The eventual route I followed was to adapt a version of the NM-simplex written in C and link to it with MathLink. Once I've tested this out fully I'll post it here. I've been playing around ...
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Using least independent rectangle area to separate every point

Description I want to add vertical line and horizonal lines between data to make every point have an independent rectangle area. In addtion, every independent rectangle has a number ...
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NMinimize of a Differential equation

f[kpr,tn,tv] is a Block for the Differential equations of a simple control loop with a PID-controller. It calculates the the response x[t] and integrates the t-weighted area under the response. The ...
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Finding maximum or minimum of implicit functions

is there any built in function that can be used to find maximum or minimum of implicit functions? For example, if we have the equation $$x^2 + y^2 = (2 x^2 + 2 y^2 - x)^2,$$ then we can visualize the ...
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Finding the right DeleteCases pattern for <<199>>

I have a list in Mathematica with several items like <<199>> and <<104>>, I would like to get rid of them using DeleteCases, but none of the patterns I ...
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How do I estimate the Pareto front in my multiobjective optimization problem?

I need to minimize a function of two parameters that gives two "stress" outputs {A,B} = f[tau,mu]. How do I estimate (even roughly), the Pareto front for this ...
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How to include constraints in `NMaximize`

I am trying to find maximum likelihood estimates of parameters for a fairly complicated multivariate distribution. The support of the distribution depends on its parameters so I need to include some ...
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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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What is wrong about Abs[x]-a? Is it a bug?

Why is the Out[74] not {1 - a, {x -> -1}}? ...
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Mathemathica: How to plot diagram? [duplicate]

i want to plot a diagram by this command using mathemathica. but it plotted as a beeline while it must be have a bit aberration.what is my fault in plotting? i want to display my diagram such as ...
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NMinimize not starting [duplicate]

I am new to Mathematica so I might be asking a trivial question, although I wasn't able to resolve it for several days. I am trying to optimize a 7x7 matrix with 12 variables with a certain evaluation ...
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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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What domain does Resolve assume by default?

Consider the statement: $\forall x\left(x<7\Rightarrow \exists a\exists b\exists c(a^2+b^2+c^2=x)\right)$ This is true provided the universe of discourse is $\mathbb{N}$ Now I use ...
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Why does Maximize return a wrong answer?

I want to find the maximum of the following function, but get a wrong result. What am I doing wrong? ...
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How to find a scaling parameter in matrix inversion process by MMA?

I simply would like to find the inverse of a given matrix $A$ by the iterative method $X_{k+1}=X_k(2I-AX_k)$ using $X_0=\frac{1}{\sigma_{max}^2}A^*$. An example is as follows ...
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How to solve a signaling game in Mathematica (game theory)

A signaling game is within the field of game theory, and more information can be found here. I would like to know, how one can solve such a game, by finding the Baysian Nash equilibrium in ...
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Optimization without evaluating the analytical expression?

Firstly, forgive me for my lack of knowledge of programming and Mathematica. I have an optimization problem involving very large matrices when they are in analytical form. If I tried to generate ...
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A more efficient way of fitting a non-linear model that returns an entire list?

I have a function that takes two parameters, del and nu, and returns a list npoints long ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Distribution of 10 points within a unit square

Related to some packing problems, following problem arose: Distribute 10 points within a square of sides 1, so that minimal distance between them is maximized. With the help of random simulation, or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to use Maximize correctly

I would like to Maximize this fairly simple expression ...
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How do I find where the maximum is?

I have a function given by: ...
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Optimization problem test suites

Mathematica provides nonlinear, unconstrained test problems here: Needs["Optimization`UnconstrainedProblems`"] and LP test problems here: ...