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

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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 [duplicate]

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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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: ...
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Understanding execution time in nested loops

I have the following simple code ...
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How to obtain all minima? [duplicate]

If you Solve an equation, you obtain all solutions. But If you NMinimize a function, you only get one minimum. The question ...
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How to save numbers that are in Mathematica messages

I have a program that calls FindDistributionParameters and I get the Mathematica message FindMaximum::eit each time I call the function. The message is FindMaximum::eit: The algorithm does not ...
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Numerical Instability?

Current Status Please skip ahead to Update 2: the key questions are now: 1/ Why does Mma generally fail to find the minimum for a well behaved function when the function does not have infinite ...
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How to fit one parametric array to another numerical array?

I have two arrays of length n. One of them is obtained by experiment, so every element of the array is a number. The other array is parametric, each element is a ...
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$H_{\infty}$ optimization of transfer function matrix [duplicate]

I have a two-dimensional $(2 \times 2)$ transfer function matrix like this: $$G(s) = \begin{pmatrix} \frac{1}{xs+1} & \frac{1}{s+0.5}\\ \frac{3}{s+3}& \frac{1}{ys+2} \end{pmatrix} $$ The ...
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How to work with Experimental`NumericalFunction?

This question is intimately connected with previous one: "How to create internally optimized expression for computing with high WorkingPrecision?" Oleksandr R. correctly states in the comment: A ...
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Increase optimization processing speed

As you know, sometimes numerically solving of optimization problems takes several minutes. For this reason 2 question came up to me: 1 - When one is abort the optimization procedure, how it is ...
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Numerical Optimization Methods

I am curious if any one has comments on "specific characteristics" of a problem that will deem it to be best solved by a specific optimization method such as ...
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NMinimize go out of bounds on some linear constraints

I'm trying to minimize a non-linear function of four variables with some linear constraints. NMinimize on Mathematica 8 seems to go out of bounds on some constraints giving complex values of the ...
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Bug with LinearProgramming on Integers?

With Mathematica 7: LinearProgramming[{1, 1}, {{0, 0}, {1, 1}}, {1, 1}, Automatic, Integers] gives wrong result {0,1}. But ...
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NMinimize to optimize function Module

I am using Nminimize for simulation based optimization. I define the objective function (simulation with a variable "a") as a module to be used in the minimization. ...
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Minimizing the maximal residual in mathematica

With this: d1 = 10; d2 = 4; mat = RandomReal[{-1, 1}, {d1, d2}]; vec = RandomReal[{-1, 1}, d1]; LeastSquares[mat, vec] ...
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Experimental`NumericalFunction in NMinimize solution

I try to make a number of optimizations using this code: ...
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Simulated Annealing Parameters and Results [closed]

I am using SimulatedAnnealing method for a simulation based optimization problem and was wondering if someone can enlighten me on the following features: Is there ...
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Simulated Annealing Convergence

I am using Simulated Annealing method for a simulation based optimization of a process that has 3 variables, using NMinimize. I print the input/output during every ...
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Trouble with NMaximize

I am having trouble with maximizing a function I am interested in. Below is the code I am using. ...
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How to set up and minimize a large system of equations to resolve the individual components

I am trying to set up a system of 400*N equations to deconvolute spectral data for four different compounds. I monitored 400 different wavelengths in N solvents (3 solvents in this case). In order ...
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How to find the maximum of this function on the positive real line?

I need to maximize this function on the positive real line: $$ \frac{1}{\Gamma(x)^{14}}\cdot\frac{1}{{\frac{323.6}{14x}}^{14x}}\cdot(1.22578*10^{19})^{x-1}e^{-14x} $$ the correct answer should be ...
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DifferentialEvolution scaling factor randomization

Using NMinimize for finding global minima, one can choose the DifferentialEvolution method. You can find a (not so) detailed ...
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Convert number to exponent form with highest power possible

As a school assignment we have to write a program which solves this issue. Since the program has to run efficient I am wondering what the best way is to approach this issue. Of course there you can ...
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LinearProgramming behavior

Consider the following linear programming problem: ...
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Fastest way to check if an expression contains all symbols from a list

I need to execute this function thousands of times, and the faster, the better. I came up with two versions, but wanted to see if you can come up with an even faster way. Is there a better way? I use ...
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NMinimize seems to call function with the same values multiple times

I have to minimize a function where the evaluation of one parameter set takes very long (around 5sec) and discovered alongside, that NMinimize seems to call this ...
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Domain errors with Maximize/NMaximize

I am trying to maximize a (somewhat) complicated function over probability distribution $p$ and $q$. Here is my input: ...
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Maximization of a function within a unit square [closed]

I work in a unit square. I have some conditions under which areas within the unit square are defined. Say for simplicity that there are two conditions which define two areas. For example, if y > 1/2 ...
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Numerical saddle point problem of a function of many variables

I want to find the following saddle point of the function of 10 variables: . I am not able to find the stationary points by setting the first derivatives to 0, so I need do optimize the function ...
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Symbolic Constrained Optimization

I have a question regarding evaluating constrained optimization problems in symbolic terms. I would like to perform How can I implement the method of Lagrange multipliers to find constrained extrema? ...
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Find Chebyshev center of a region by optimization

Let's consider a region like this: The aim is to find the "Chebyshev center" of the region. By using the polygons, one can approximate the perimeter of region by an $n$-gon ($n$ is large enough). ...
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Finding exact local extrema of simple functions

I want to exactly find all the local maxima of f[x_] := x^4/4 - x^2/2 over the interval [-Sqrt[2], 1 + Pi/10]. The correct ...
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Combination of linear programming with bilevel optimization

I'm not a programmer really (interested in mathematics actually). Excuse me if I can not coding good. I'm also interested in implementation of mathematics results in programming language. That's my ...
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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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Is it possible to monitor the sum of squared errors in a NonlinearModelFit or FindFit procedure during the process?

Since fitting procedures using NonlinearModelFit (or FindFit) sometimes take very long, I would like to monitor the sum of ...
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Large scale linear programming (Data imported from .mat file)

I tried to run a large scale linear programming with mathematica. I entered the code below: ...
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Mathematica Library

I created a Mathematica packagr and then I used the Needs function to add the library to my .nb file, but when use a function in my .nb file and the function is built in my library it comes up with ...
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$L_\infty$ norm minimization

I write supplemental explanation to render my aim of optimization. First Consider discrete time linear system below: \begin{equation} G(z)=\frac{1-e^{-0.3T}}{z^{100}(z-e^{-0.3T})} \end{equation} ...
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How to perform a symbolic minimization?

Can Mathematica determine the symbolic expression in terms of τ that minimizes f[τ] ? ...