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

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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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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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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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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 ...