# Tagged Questions

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

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### Can code optimize code?

Are there functions, programs or packages that deal with optimizing mathematica code i.e. re-writing ineffecive or convoluted code. -This question has haunted me since I joined SE. The background for ...
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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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### Customized StepSize control in unconstrained gradient-descent optimization

I have a type of minimization problem I frequently solve that involves warping a large 2D triangle-mesh (~25,000 vertices) to fit a model. In the mesh, vertices carry the empirical measurements (each ...
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### How to determine reason for kernel crash? -> Nelder Mead optimisation

I am making use of the Nelder Mead algorithm inside Mathematica's NMaximize to find a parameter set by solving the Schrodinger equation for a given system. (see ...
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### Problems extending NelderMeadMinimize into 2D

Update The eventual route I followed was to adapt a version of the NM-simplex written in C and link to it with MathLink. Once I've tested this out fully I'll post it here. I've been playing around ...
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### Issue with FindCurvePath

I have a problem with the function FindCurvePath. In some cases it crashes the Mathematica 9 Kernel. Here an example, where it crashes the kernel: ...
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### Custom Methods for NMinimize/NonLinearModelFit

Is there a way to write custom methods for NonLinearModelFit or NMinimize? To give background, I currently have a batch of code ...
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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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### 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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### Why has Version 10.3 precision reduced?

In version 7.0.1.0 and versions 10.0 and 10.1 the following is produced: ...
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### NMinValue , NMaxValue , NMinimize and NMaximize behave poorly for 2-dimensional function unless the constraint is posed as an ImplicitRegion

I am making a plotting function where I need to know the max value the function takes over the given 2D range. I noticed a difference between the behavior of ...
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### Visualizing the Lagrange Multiplier Solution

This question is based on work in Susan Colley's Vector Calculus, 4th ed. The question is to find and classify critical points of $f(x,y,z)=3xy-4yz+5xz$ subject to the constraint ...
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### Packages for Semidefinite programming

This question has already been asked here. I am not sure, whether I should have asked this question as a comment of an old question or in the general programming forum of stackexchange. Moderators ...
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### When using NMinimize[…,Method->“DifferentialEvolution”] is an “iteration” different than a “step”?

Hopefully this question has a simple answer. I have the following bit of code: ...
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### Classification problem using SVM methods

I am running SVM on mathematica and I a used this code with classes: ...
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### Is there an analogue of Evaluated->False (in FindRoot) for FindMinimum?

I guess functions like FindRoot, FindMinimum, etc puts the estimation number into the expression, and then do other ...
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### Improving the speed of an optimization algorithm via compilation and parallellization

I have written an implementation of eight variants of the PSO-algorithm and I want to test them over a set of test functions. I am using parallelization as it improves the speed a lot and I have also, ...
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### Using NMaximize to get integer results for a fractional programming problem

I have an optimization problem that I am trying to model in mathematica (wolfram cloud, to be precise). Link to notebook for code described here: ...
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### Precision and accuracy in NDSolve and NMinimize

I use NDSolve quite a lot and have noticed that setting values for AccuracyGoal and ...
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### Symbolically Minimizing a Max function

I'm having a tough time with seemingly simple symbolic Minimization/Maximization in Mathematica. I would like to use the Maximize function to work on some unknown random variables and so use min/max ...
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### Efficient processing of Special Ordered Sets with LinearProgramming

I'm playing with integer linear programming, especially problems involving lots of constraints which would appear to be special ordered sets. Below is a toy example, three last rows of the matrix ...
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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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### Optimization with Matrix value constraint

I am trying to find the orientation and position of a polygon resting on a curved surface under gravity.The polygon MUST not be penetrated by any part of the surface below. Here is an example for a ...
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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 ...
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### Findminimum fails in loops

Introduction to the problem: the function F[x][u,v,w] I'm currently dealing with a very strange minimalization problem. I have a function F[x][u,v,w] which is ...
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### Linear Programming Using Dual Simplex method

I want to solve an optimization problem using the Dual Simplex Method. Although Mathematica gives the result directly when I use the command Minimize but I want to ...
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### FindMinimum pre-conditioning

I am wondering about what kind of pre-conditioning FindMinimum performs on the user specified function (to be minimized) before the actual minimization starts, and ...
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### Appropriate method for a Non-linear Optimisation Problem, With Linear Constraints,

I have a small non-linear, chess related, program with linear constraints and an objective function obtained from a polynomial probability generating function including some decision variables . At ...
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### Where can I find detailed information about the SystemOptions?

I'm looking to optimize my Mathematica script, and I'm willing to go spelunking with low-level system options. The problem is that I've been looking in the Mathematica documentation, but there ...
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### Maximizing Large Multivariable Function over Region with Parameter Constraints

Brand new Mathematica user here. I have a complicated function to maximize, and thought I would try software like Mathematica instead of taking derivatives by hand. I found some Mathematica ...
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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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### Find multiple optimization parameters of Max-Min problem in numerically

I have an optimization problem $$\max \min [x_1,~\cdots,~x_m,~\cdots,~x_M]:~M\geq 2$$ where $$x_m=P_m(1-a_m)\prod_{j=1}^{m-1}\left(\frac{a_j}{1-a_j}+b_j\right)$$ and 0\leq a_i<1;~~0\leq ...
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### Evaluation of likelihood very slow

I am trying to implement a simple statistical model for the first time in Mathematica. My model is made my one random variable which is the sum of background and signal. Background is an exponential ...
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### Method used by NMaximize with a binary linear problem

I'm using Mathematica 7's NMaximize to solve a linear programming problem with thousands of 0/1 integer variables, thousands of linear constraints and a linear target. I suppose I could use ...
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### Maximize and NMaximize don't work for my function

I defined the following function: d1[x_] := Min[Abs[FractionalPart[x]], 1 - Abs[FractionalPart[x]]] and tried to evaluate the following function: ...
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### How can I speed up this NM optimization? Most delay seems to be due to long analytic expression

I am struggling with computational speed of a NelderMead optimization. Nevertheless my impression is that I lose lots of speed not only due to the NM optimization itself but rather to for instance ...
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### Imposing constraints to NMinimize/NMaximize leads to wrong function values

I wrote a function that uses NMaximize to find certain parameters (using NelderMead simplex algorithm). My objective functional $J({x_i})$ is real-valued and its ...
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### How to plot feasible objective space of a Generic Multiobjective Optimization problem?

As you know, a generic Multiobjective optimization problem can be stated as follows: $min{\space}F(\bf{X})=[f_1(x),...,f_n(x)]$ $h_k(x)=0{\space\space\space} k=1,...,n_e$ ...
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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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### 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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