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

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The problem (time) caused by ?NumericQ

In here, I asked a related (similar) question. Using ?NumericQ seems have slowed down the entire calculation. But I now have a more serious problem: ...
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What are the differences between these functions when used for NMaximize?

In short, the question is how to construct the function you want to optimize? ...
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Minimizing a function with a constant $l > 0$

I'm VERY new to Mathematica and would like some help with minimizing a function. $$f(x) = \frac{1}{2} \sqrt{\frac{\left(l^4+x^4\right)^2}{l^4 x^2}}$$ I want to find which $x-value$ (probably ...
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Incorporating the minimum and maximum of the function in a Dynamic plot

I'm working on my project for class and it's supposed to be a graph that can take functions from the user and display it along with finding the max and min of the graph. But I just don't know how to ...
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NMinimize tries to find the fit to paramters which are not in the objective function

Consider the codes below: fun[x_] := (x - 4)^2 NMinimize[{fun[x]}, {x, y}] it returns: ...
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How to find a graphical solution for extreme values using Lagrange multipliers

I need to find the maxima and minima of a function. I managed this analytically with no problem, but now I need to show in a graphic the intersection of the functions. My function is: ...
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Constrained Nonlinear Optimization with expectations functions in the constraints

I am modeling an optimal compensation contract with a CRRA utility function : ...
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Optimization method L-BFGS-B

I am comparing a result of optimization using R and Mathematica. Mathematica (NMaximize) has found a significantly better (global optimum) result then R (using L-...
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Optimizing a System of 5 Equations

I have a system of 5 equations that each define a parameter for a metal I-beam. The common variables are beam width (W), web thickness (Tw), and flange thickness (Tf). I would like to find the best ...
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Test existence of a path from one side of a graph to another

I'm trying to determine how I can test if a path exists from one side of a graph to another as efficiently as possible. If I have the Lines given by: ...
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Optimization problems over the Integers

Should be an easy question. How can I define a function which gets only integers in a form that I can use to find max and min for instance? Example: Find the Max of the expression ...
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Array element problem in optimization

I have the following piece of code in Mathematica: ...
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Maximize simple Polynom: Wrong answer

I want to maximize $poly$ under the constraints $g1,g2,g3=0$ ...
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FindMinimum runs out of Memory

I have a function which runs fine when I evaluate it. However, when I try to find its optimal parameters using FindMinimum it quickly consumes all available memory (...
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Finding maximum value with LinearProgramming command

So here is a HW problem I was assigned: *Thriftem Bank is in the process of devising a loan policy that involves a maximum of $12 million. The following table provides the pertinent data about ...
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Minimization problem in a subset of Complex matrices

I would like to minimize $||\mathbf{A} \rho -v||$ (where $\rho , v$ are fixed vectors) with respect to the matrix $\mathbf{A}$ elements, but with $\mathbf{A}$ in a subset of complex matrices (i.e. $\...
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Finding minimal distance between two surfaces

This code will display two parametric surfaces: ...
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Transform NMinimze into LinearProgramming formulation

I have the following maximization problem that I currently try to solve with Minimize/NMinimize. Unfortunately, this kind of solution method takes really long for large systems of equations and ...
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Array in Sum in Minimize - error “Part specification x[1] is neither a machine-sized integer”

Help please M = 10; z = Array[x, M] {x[1], x[2], x[3], x[4], x[5], x[6], x[7], x[8], x[9], x[10]} ...
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NMinimize/NMaximize is unable to generate initial points

Mathematica 10 generates a warning that it is unable to generate initial points for numerical optimization problems. I picked a particularly simple example. The problem goes away when ...
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Is there any way to solve this convex-concave like optimization problem?

This is a bit of a non-standard way of asking a question perhaps but I couldnt even think of writing any code about the following optimization problem. I wonder if it could be at all solvable and if ...
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How to shade a plotted region in specific direction?

I am using RegionPlot to plot a linear program maximize 30x1+25x2 with the constraints ...
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Optimizing Chi-square distance between two distribution

I want to program the chi-square between two distribution Xu and Vu with length N. This function is defined as below: Xu and Vu are real and positive. ...
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Updating procedural fitting algorithm to more efficient style?

For some time now, I have used this procedural programming approach to fit data in my research that is too cumbersome for the built in Mathematica functions. (Although this simple example works fine ...
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Improve on timing of NMinimize

I got a little performance problem with the function NMinimize (it takes mathematica approximately 10 minutes to compute the results). Here i s my sample code: ...
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Optimization in MMA for time resolved spectroscopy

I want to fit some spectroscopic data with a model. I detect the fluorescence of something over different wavelengths. The detection over each wavelength is one data set in time. The lifetimes of ...
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PenaltyFunction Option in NMinimize

I am curious if anybody has some experience in using the built-in Option "PenaltyFunction" in any of the numerical optimization functions like NMinimize. According to the documentation the user ...
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Matlab's command counterpart in MMA

Matlab has a command that when is used in fminsearch shows the value of the function which we want to minimize and so gives a trend of values calculated for the ...
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Speed up numerical optimization (for plotting and solving)?

Briefly speaking, I want to plot a function PIfun[], which its value is based on numerical optimization using NMaximize. It ...
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A constraint to RandomReal for sum of numbers equal to arbitrary n

I want to generate some random numbers but respect a constraint. So I use RandomReal[{0,1},N,WorkingPrecision -> 2] I want to fix a constraint in order ...
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Problem in finding the numerical maximum

I need to find the numerical maxima of the function $$i(s)=\bigg[ \frac{\sin{50\pi (\cos s+1)}}{\sin{10\pi (\cos s+1)}} \bigg] ^2$$ Or in the mathematica input form: ...
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Using NMinimize to solve the Multi Commodity Flow problem

I have the following optimization problem and I was hoping to solve it with NMinimize. Unfortunately, I don't get the desired result. I would like to get an optimal vector for $d_{e}$. This is how ...
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NMinimize: Problem with constraints + Simultaneous minimization possible?

Introduction Dear all, I am fairly new to Mathematica. Recently I am trying to do the following: I have a function $$\textrm{hann}[t,t_g,n_m]=\sum\limits_{n=1}^{n_m}a_n\left[1-\cos\left(\frac{2\pi ...
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Maximizing a trigonometric function

This is probably a naive question, but here it goes: I know that $$r\cos a+s\cos b+t\cos c \leq \frac{rs}{2t}+\frac{rt}{2s}+\frac{ts}{2r},$$ subject to the conditions $a+b+c=\pi$ and $r,s,t$ are ...
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Working precision and pure functions in FindMinimum

I have this function: fun = (# - 5.0)^2.0 & Then, I want to find the minimum: ...
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How to use a compiled function in numerical optimization

I'm trying to wrap my head around function Compile. So, this is a spin-off question from: a previous question on using compile[] correctly. I have a function that ...
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ParametricNDSolve KKT Constraint Directly

I am trying to directly solve for an optimal control using Pontryagin Maximum, where H is the Hamiltonian, in the presence of a KKT constraint. The constraint is ignored. I am wondering if a direct ...
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Finding the point of minimum distance between two parametric functions

I have two functions re and rm, for which I computed the minimum distance between them. Now I would like to add a point at the ...
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Calculate the relationship between the duration of two oscillating functions

I am trying to quantitatively determine the relationship between the length of two oscillating functions. Meaning, what is the duration of the green spike in relation to the blue square? Does anyone ...
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Optimizing evaluation of expressions dependent on four variables and containing double summation

I would like to optimize my code which I use to evaluate expressions containing double summation. These expressions are dependent on 3 space variables ($r$, $\theta$, $\phi$) and time $t$ and consist ...
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Optimizing code containing an infinite sum

I have the following expression. It's based on the negative-log-likelihood of a Poisson-Gaussian noise model, i.e. a convolution of a Poisson & Normal distribution. The value $x_{i}$ is the ...
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NMaximize not substutiting parameters of objective function [duplicate]

NMaximize is not substituting parameters of its objective function. Is there a way to fix that? I have a three line program that exhibits the problem. ...
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Possible bug / numerical issues with HypergeometricU — any suggestions for a fast workaround?

I've encountered some problematic behaviour with HypergeometricU. I have a probability distribution on the positive integers that takes the following form after ...