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

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How can I set constraints on parameters in NelderMeadMinimize package?

I read about NelderMeadMinimize package. How can I set constraints on the parameters? For example I want to minimize an equation with $10$ parameters such as ${a_1, a_2, ....}$. I want to put the ...
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How to Maximize[Log[n]^(1/Log[n]), n]

I am new to Mathematica and am trying to work out how to use Maximize. Maximize[Log[n]^(1/Log[n]),n] Should give a solution at $e^e$. However in Mathematica you ...
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Which methods are available for NMinimize? [closed]

I can't find in the documentation the list of methods available to NMinimize[]. Is there a way to get this? The NMinimize page in Documentation Center mentions only ...
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Bound on number of function evalulations in FindMinimum

I am minimizing a nonlinear constrained problem using FindMinimum. The problem involves about 200 variables and the function is a black-box which cannot be ...
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Forcing optimal solution for FindShortestTour

I use FindShortestTour as explained here and it works nicely for a small number of cities. However when I try this with as little as 16 cities, the given tour isn't ...
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LinearProgramming errors

I have a family of equations I want to solve over the non-negative integers. One particular instance of it is this. ...
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Using FindFit to fit nonlinear ODE parameters, subject to a constraint (an inverse problem) [duplicate]

Similar to this post I am finding that constraints tend to make FindFit poor at finding a good fit. However, unlike the previous post, the constraints are required ...
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Visualization of iteration procedure in NMinimize

I have this optimization code: ...
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Simulated Annealing InitialPoints option

I have a cost function that depends on 4 parameters: CostFunction[{tx,ty,tz,ox}]. I used NMinimize[] function with ...
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NMinimize memory consumption problem in Mathematica 9 vs. 7 & 8

I am having trouble using NMinimize in Mathematica 9 - Memory consumption overflows. The same NMinimize command, with the same ...
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No Speedup Compiled Function in FindMinimum

The problem: I would like to minimize an objective function with respect to 12 variables. Minimization should be executed as fast as possible. Compiling the objective function increases the execution ...
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FindMinimum [] methods

Which algorithm is used when we do not use the option Method of FindMinimum[] function. FindMinimum[f,{x,x0}]
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How to manipulate lists to get only part of the value [duplicate]

This is really a question about manipulating the output of Maximize. I have a function of 2 variables, defined thus: ...
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Nonlinear Optimization with conditional statement

I find Maximize doesn't work well under conditional statement. Here is an example. A car is driving up a slope. I want to find out the largest slope angle the car can drive upwards. I choose the ...
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How to fit ODE's coefficient, just like using NMinimize [duplicate]

I want to fit ODE's coefficients to a model. I tried using NMinimize, but it seems it does symbolic instead of numerical calculations. ...
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Optimum number of cog teeth for two step helical gearbox

Note: Cross-posted at http://community.wolfram.com/groups/-/m/t/137895?p_p_auth=8QnKtT9I. I am to design a two step gearbox. The first step is to choose the number of teeth in each cog wheel in ...
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quadratic constraint feasibility

Suppose that $A$ is an $n \times n$ matrix, and I have observed some entries of $A$, say, $A_S$ ($A$ restricted on $S$) for some subset $S$ in $\{1,...,n\} \times \{1,...,n\}$. I want to know if it's ...
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ParallelEvaluate for function minimization

Is there a parallelized version of a minimization routine available in Mathematica? The objective function is non-linear and the gradients have to be numerically computed. Every function evaluation ...
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Minimum value with two factors

Approximate the minimum value of $2e^{x-2}-6x+xe^{x-2}$. Is my input correct? If not can you please correct it? ...
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Maximize over permutations

I have a set $S=\{s_1,\ldots,s_k\}$ and would like to maximize a fixed expression over permutations of $S$: $\max f(x_1,\ldots,x_k)$ with $x_i\in S$ and $x_i=x_j\Rightarrow i=j$. Is there a ...
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Quadratic programming problem

I am trying to solve a (Sequence) Quadratic Programming (SQP) problem in Mathematica. Here’s the problem setup: ...
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Cannot find the maximum value of a function

Consider the following function: $a Sin(x)+b Cos(x)$ I tried to obtain the maximum value of this function using MaxValue[]: ...
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Function optimization errors

I have the following Mathematica code (Mathematica version 9): ...
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Linear Integer Programming with absolute values in objective function

I'm trying to solve a problem of the form $$ \left|a_{1,0}+a_{1,1} x_1 + a_{1,2}x_2\right| + \left|a_{2,0}+a_{2,1} x_1 + a_{2,2}x_2\right|\to\min, $$ where $a_{i,j}$ are real-valued coefficients and ...
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Constraint syntax compaction

Is there a more compact way to represent these constraints: NMaximize[{a+b+c,...
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Packing squares into a circle

I am currently trying to solve and understand a problem about packing the maximum of squares into a circle. What I am trying to do, is to calculate the maximum number of variable sized squares (with ...
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A problem on generating convex hull

For example, I typed the following: ...
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NMaximize problem

Could anybody explain to me why the following code fails ? ...
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NMaximize and Conditional Loop

I have developed the following code that simulates a process that decays over time and then returns to its initial state periodically. When I pass a list of random integers in the interval $(1,0)$ as ...
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Finding shortest non-zero vector $x$ satisfying $Ax=0 \pmod q$

Let $n$, $m$, and $q$ be positive integers (with $m > n$), and $A$ be a matrix over $\mathbb{Z}_q^{n \times m}$. Using Mathematica, I want to find the shortest non-zero vectors $x \in ...
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Linear programming with many variables and parameters

I am trying to reconstruct the answer that is given in this report. (page 153 in Appendix B; Section B.2.1). They are given variables, parameters, constraints, and the objective function to minimize. ...
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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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Random variation inside NMaximize

I am using NMaximize as following code. ...
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Finding a fixed vector which minimizes the pairwise distance between noisy elements in two unordered arrays

Let $A$ and $B$ be two sets of $d$-dimensional coordinates of comparible (though not necessarily equal length). For example, here we can set $d = 3$ and have normalized values like: ...
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Minimization by Nelder-Mead

Finding a global minimum for this problem (non-linear optimization by the Nelder-Mead downhill simplex method) may not be possible, but by finding local minimum, I am expecting the value of the ...
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Exiting FindMinimum when a condition is met

I want to determine if a function f[x] can take negative values. f is expensive to compute and ...
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Inconsistent results in fits from NArgMin

EDIT: Just realized I had misspelled "inconsistent." I'm using version 7.0. I'm trying to fit a (noisy) data set to a large-order polynomial. (Just for context: there isn't a model for the ...
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How to maximize a function over a rotation matrix?

I have list of pairs of points: $\{(x_i,y_i)\}_{1\le i\le n}$, $x_i \in \mathbb{R}^3$, $y_i \in\mathbb{R}^2$ and would like to optimize over a rotation $R \in SO(3)$, a translation $t \in ...
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Need an efficient method for finding certain matrices

I am trying to write a function which produces square matrices with certain characteristics. The function should have two inputs: number of the rows, n number of ...
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Working precision for each variable

How can I define working precision for each variable individually for example: Maximize[x y< 100, {x, y}] where the working precisions for ...
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Non linear constrained interger Optimization

I need to maximize the equation below which is subjected to some nonlinear constraints Maximize hsum + isum + jsum + ksum + lsum + msum + nsum + osum ...
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NMaximize with matrix input

I defined function f[x_, fixed_] := {...}. Here x is an $M\times N$ matrix. I want to maximize $f$ with respect to $x$. I have ...
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Maximizing trig functions in Mathematica

Just to give some context, my motivation for this programming question is to understand the derivation of the CSHS inequality and basically entails maximizing the following function: ...
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NMinimize and FindRoot Issues with System of Equations [duplicate]

I am trying to solve a constrained optimization problem with a system of transcendental equations and am running into issues with NMinimize. I have a system of equations (...
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Conditional solution for system of linear equations

I have a linear equation system Q.m = t, with m unkown and where Q has dimensions ...
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Finding normals to a curve through a given point

I want to find x on curve $y(x)$, where curve $y(x)$ is perpendicular to point $(x_0,y_0)$. for this I minimize the distance between points $(x,y(x))$ and $(x_0,y_0)$, here's an example for point ...
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FindShortestTour for charity (or: How can I optimize meal delivery with FindShortestTour?)

I've been wondering about this for a while - but never got around to asking - until I saw faleichik's incredible answer to Mathematica Minecraft. I did some work at a not-for-profit a little while ...
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Trouble with Minimize

Minimize[{t^2, 1 == 3*t + 16*u}, {t, u}, Integers] It does not give the solution t = -5 and u = 1. Am I missing something? The solution being known and ...