I am attempting to numerically optimize a function of only 2 parameters k, θ. There are two inequality constraints (1 each on k and on θ), and one equality constraint on both k and θ. The MWE is provided below. This question is a follow-on from this question that was answered by @user293787. I have seen a related post, but the solution did not work here.

I have noticed that the Minimize performs well when only the two inequality constraints are included. However, I get a warning when I include the equality constraint, which is always violated.

How can I get around this?




   {2 k Cos[θ]^2+k+1,0,0,6 k Cos[θ]^2-k-1},
   {0,2 k Sin[θ]^2+3-3 k,0,0},
   {0,0,2 k Sin[θ]^2+3-3 k,0},
   {6 k Cos[θ]^2-k-1,0,0,2 k Cos[θ]^2+k+1}}},

I would like to optimise f[k,θ] using the following

x1 = 0 <= k <= 1;
x2 = 0 < θ <= 2 \[Pi];
x3 = 3 - (2 k - 3) - k Cos[2 θ] == 0;

{min, arg} = NMinimize[{f[k,θ], x1 && x2 && x3}, {k, θ}]

The output to this NMinimize yields outputs a result with a comments "The function value Indeterminate is not a number at {k,θ} = {1,6.2831}". However, despite an output when I check the constraints I notice that the equality constraint is always violated and by a lot, i.e.

x3 /. arg

yields False. In checking the value of x3 using the optimization values in arg, I obtain 3 (should be 0), which is a strong violation of the constraint. If I remove the equality constraint x3 I notice that the optimization behaves properly. Rationalising A and B does not help.

What is the cause of this and a workaround to enforce the equality constraint?

  • $\begingroup$ Is it clear that plugging a floating-point solution into an equation is a bad way to check it? E.g. x^2 - 3 == 0 /. x -> Sqrt[3.] returns False. (Apparently not the main problem here, tho.) $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Commented Dec 6, 2022 at 14:04
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelE2, in a convoluted way you could use Chop to check this statement, is correct with floating-point solutions. As you note though, it's not the main problem here. I may need to revisit the constraints $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Commented Dec 6, 2022 at 15:51

1 Answer 1

Reduce[x1 && x2 && x3, {k, \[Theta]}]
(* False*)

The three conditions cannot be fullfilled! Perhaps changing range of k might help.


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