# Minimization of a function with non-numeric parameters?

I have the following problem (in Mathematica) I want to calculate the following expressions:

Assuming[{t > 0, t \[Element] Integers},
Minimize[Sqrt[(Sin[t*Pi/6] - x)^2 + (Pi/6 - x)^2], x]]


How can I get a unique result?

The other question: what is if my function has 2 parameters, like t and s which do not get any numerical values however restrict to be from N (Integer). What is the key name, may I say "multivariate minimisation"?

Thanks

• FullSimplify[Minimize[f[x], x], Assumptions -> t > 0]? Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 18:21
• Your minimization is over $x$. The value of your function depends, of course upon $t$. For different $t$s, you get different minima. Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 18:27
• @DavidG.Stork, you are write but what is your suggestion something like: Minimize[f[t*x], {x,t}] ? Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 18:32
• @Dr.belisarius: wau thanks it works but why? and what about if I have t and s in another combination? Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 18:37
• In[1582]:= NMinimize[{Sqrt[(Sin[t*Pi/6] - x)^2 + (Pi/6 - x)^2], Element[t, Integers]}, {x, t}] Out[1582]= {0.0166868542533, {x -> 0.511799387799, t -> 1}} Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 18:38

I suggest removing the Sqrt. Here the minima are derived in different ways:

f[u_, x_, t_] := u[(Sin[t*Pi/6] - x)^2 + (Pi/6 - x)^2]
p1 = Plot[Evaluate[f[Identity, x, #] & /@ Range[-5, 5]], {x, -4, 4}];
exp = x /. First@Solve[D[f[Identity, x, t], x] == 0, x];
pts = Table[{exp, f[Identity, exp, t]} /. t -> j, {j, -5, 5}];
p2 = ListPlot[List /@ pts, PlotMarkers -> {Automatic, 20}];
min = Minimize[f[Identity, x, t], x];
gm = t /. Last@Minimize[min[[1]], t];
cv = (x /. min[[2]]) /. t -> gm;
pi = Show[p1, p2,
Graphics[{Text[Style["x", 20], {cv, f[Identity, cv, gm]}]}],
PlotRange -> {{-1, 1}, {0, 5}}, ImageSize -> 300];
pc = Plot[Evaluate[f[Sqrt, x, #] & /@ Range[-5, 5]], {x, -4, 4},
Epilog -> {PointSize[0.03], Point[{cv, f[Sqrt, cv, gm]}]},
ImageSize -> 300];
Row[{pi, pc}]
Row[{"t=", gm, ", x=", cv}]


The family of curves is shown for illustration. The minimum of family of curves is black cross in no sqrt and black point in sqrt plot. The values of t and xare shown below.

Apparently, there is no analytic solution, so just use numerical minimization over your two variables:

NMinimize[{Sqrt[(Sin[t π/6] - x)^2 + (π/6 - x)^2],
t > 0,
t \[Element] Integers},
{x, t}]


$\{0.0166869,\{x\to 0.511799,t\to 1\}\}$

And try this, to visualize:

Plot[
Evaluate@
Table[Sqrt[(Sin[t*Pi/6] - x)^2 + (Pi/6 - x)^2], {t, 7}], {x, 0, 1},
PlotStyle -> Table[Hue[i]/10, {i, 7}],
PlotLegends -> Automatic]


If your question is instead: "Given a $t \in \mathbb{Z}^+$, find the $x$ that minimizes the function", then:

Minimize[Sqrt[(Sin[t π/6] - x)^2 + (π/6 - x)^2], x]


An even better way is to find the value of $x$ (as a function of $t$) for the problem without the square root (avoiding multiple roots), then substituting the found $x$ into your full function:

Sqrt[(Sin[t π/6] - x)^2 + (π/6 - x)^2] /.
Minimize[(Sin[t π/6] - x)^2 + (π/6 - x)^2, x][[2]]


$\sqrt{\left(\frac{1}{12} \left(-6 \sin \left(\frac{\pi t}{6}\right)-\pi \right)+\frac{\pi }{6}\right)^2+\left(\frac{1}{12} \left(-6 \sin \left(\frac{\pi t}{6}\right)-\pi \right)+\sin \left(\frac{\pi t}{6}\right)\right)^2}$

• Thanks a lot David, but I am interested in a x so that for all t >0 the function is minimised. in a mathematical way x_min \[Element] [a,b] for every t and I am interested in inf of this set Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 18:44
• There is no way to find a single $x$ such that your function is minimized for all $t$. Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 18:45