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

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Maximum likelihood estimation based on frequency table

I have a frequency table of grades, I'm trying to estimate the distribution as a truncated normal distribution (a grade below 65 is a failing grade and doesn't count). Since I don't have the actual "...
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Nash equilibrium in game theory?

Are there examples of the solution of Nash non-cooperative games with mixed or pure strategies? How could be implemented in Mathematica 10?
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My code of plotting a two-variable function is too slow [closed]

I have a code in which my complicated function to be plotted is F(x,p). I would like to graph it for 5 values of p equal to 10^7, 10^8, 10^9, 10^10 and 10^11 for x values between 0.01 and 0.99. All ...
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How to properly apply NumericQ or s.th. similar here? - NDSolve inside NMaximize

I wrote a function that numerically solves a given Schrodinger equation and returns replacement rules to obtain the time evolution operator. It looks and is used as follows: ...
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Maximize[Cos[x - 1], x] is not evaluated

No explanation needed: Maximize[Cos[x + 1], x] Maximize[Cos[x - 1], x] producing ...
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Is there any strategy to have a compiled version of FindFit or NonlinearModelFit?

Disclaimer: This is not a precise question with a definite answer. I know that neither FindFit nor NonlinearModelFit is in the ...
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How to find Lagrange multipliers corresponding to constraints?

I have a constrained optimisation problem that I solved using Mathematica's FindMinimum function. I would like to know how to get the dual variables corresponding to the constraints I have. Obviously ...
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Set first line in CSV as header in mathematica list

New to stackexchange. Need some help with mathematica - also new to this!. I have a CSV file with 80 something columns and 6000 something rows = 500,000ish elements in total. I am trying to import ...
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Why FindMaximum doesn't work in my example

Consider the following function ...
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NMaximize against LinearProgramming [closed]

i'm starting my studies of Operational Research with Mathematica and i'm stuck on a problem with 12 variables. In fact, I was able to solve the problem using ...
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How to determine if directories with executable permission and not

I have some directories that have the UNIX executable permission some does not. What tests could I write in Mathematica to test it?
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Search optimum on connected simulation

Do you know how can I find minimum/maximum of a simulation written in a Module. The simulation calculates a potential value to a territory after some steps. It would seem like this: ...
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Symbolic quadratic constrained maximization with non-negativity constraints?

Dear Mathematica users, I attempted to maximize the below quadratic function K, subject to x1+x2<=A, and a series of non-...
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Plotting the solution of a differential equation,

Having a differential equation: ...
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Bug in plotting function using FindMinimum?

Bug introduced in 10.0 and persisting through 10.3 or later While working on an answer to RegionPlot from NDSolve, I came across this strange behavior of ...
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Why does NMaximize does not follow the constraints that were given to it?

(someone may want to mark it as a duplicate, but I still have to ask! I just can't figure out why!) ...
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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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Maximising solutions of NDSolve [duplicate]

I have the following system of differential equations ...
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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 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 ...