Questions tagged [mathematical-optimization]

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

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Domain errors with Maximize/NMaximize

I am trying to maximize a (somewhat) complicated function over probability distribution $p$ and $q$. Here is my input: ...
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Maximization of a function within a unit square [closed]

I work in a unit square. I have some conditions under which areas within the unit square are defined. Say for simplicity that there are two conditions which define two areas. For example, if y > 1/2 ...
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Numerical saddle point problem of a function of many variables

I want to find the following saddle point of the function of 10 variables: . I am not able to find the stationary points by setting the first derivatives to 0, so I need do optimize the function ...
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Symbolic Constrained Optimization

I have a question regarding evaluating constrained optimization problems in symbolic terms. I would like to perform How can I implement the method of Lagrange multipliers to find constrained extrema? ...
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Find Chebyshev center of a region by optimization

Let's consider a region like this: The aim is to find the "Chebyshev center" of the region. By using the polygons, one can approximate the perimeter of region by an $n$-gon ($n$ is large enough). ...
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Finding exact local extrema of simple functions

I want to exactly find all the local maxima of f[x_] := x^4/4 - x^2/2 over the interval [-Sqrt[2], 1 + Pi/10]. The correct ...
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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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NMaximize and Accuracy

I have a problem with NMaximize which is best depicted by the following figure. The result indicates, that the solution mathematica finds seems to be smooth except a few outliers. How can I get rid of ...
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Is it possible to monitor the sum of squared errors in a NonlinearModelFit or FindFit procedure during the process?

Since fitting procedures using NonlinearModelFit (or FindFit) sometimes take very long, I would like to monitor the sum of ...
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Large scale linear programming (Data imported from .mat file)

I tried to run a large scale linear programming with mathematica. I entered the code below: ...
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Mathematica Library

I created a Mathematica packagr and then I used the Needs function to add the library to my .nb file, but when use a function in my .nb file and the function is built in my library it comes up with ...
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$L_\infty$ norm minimization

I write supplemental explanation to render my aim of optimization. First Consider discrete time linear system below: \begin{equation} G(z)=\frac{1-e^{-0.3T}}{z^{100}(z-e^{-0.3T})} \end{equation} ...
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How to perform a symbolic minimization?

Can Mathematica determine the symbolic expression in terms of τ that minimizes f[τ] ? ...
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Schedule programing problem with integer linear programming

I know how to model this question on paper, but I don't know how doing it in Mathematica. Imagine , there is a university student who want to choose courses for this semester and he got the ...
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Compiling Visual Studio C++ to Run on Computers without Mathematica [duplicate]

I have written a console application on Visual Studio C++ as below ...
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How can I complete a correlation matrix with missing values?

I would like to complete a correlation matrix with missing entries, such that the resulting matrix is positive semi-definite. Say I want to find some x and some y in the next matrix that satisfy ...
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Fitting Vogel's formula for phyllotaxis to the image of a flower

After having read this question I was inspired to investigate how we could take an image of a plant displaying phyllotaxis and fit Vogel's model of phyllotaxis to the image. The theory is very simple. ...
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Declaration of variables in large Linear Programming model with NMaximize

I want to solve a large LP problem using NMaximize. This is a small instance of my bigger problem: $$max \sum^{4}_{t=1}(\sum^{4}_{c=1} V_{c}*f_{c,t})\\ s.t\quad \...
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Decomposing a diagonal positive real matrix

I would like to 'decompose' a diagonal positive real matrix $E$ of rank $D$ onto $\sum_{i=1}^{D}c(i)N^i$: $$E = \left( \begin{array}{ccc} 0 & & & \\ & a & & \\ &...
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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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NMinimize stops with no more memory?

I am using NMinimize function for simulation based optimization. So my objective function is a simulation that runs for every combination of variable values evaluated by NMinimize function. However, ...
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Arnold's problem #8

The famous Arnold's problems (see http://www.math.upenn.edu/Arnold/Arnold-Trivium-1991.pdf ) are aimed at the strong graduate and postgraduate students of the top universities. I find it remarkable ...
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Optimization of a portfolio of stocks

I would like to use Mathematica to perform an optimization of a portfolio composed by 10 stocks. I did the first part to compute yields and expected yields, but I don't know how to finish the ...
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Ordinary differential equation invloving the function composition

I want to solve the following function: DSolve[(A1*Exp[B1*f[x]] + A2*Exp[B2*f[x]])*f'[x] == A1*Exp[B1*x] + A2*Exp[B2*x], f[x], x] And this is what I get as an ...
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Minimizing a functional takes forever

I need help with minimizing a functional in Mathematica. I have a function $V(\xi)=\sum_{i=1}^\infty C_{3_i}J_0(\xi/C_i)+C_{4_i}Y_0(\xi/C_i),~~~\Sigma\leq\xi\leq\xi_1$, and want to find such $\{C_{...
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Fitting one function to another

I'd like to see how close I can fit an exponential function to a cosine function in the domain of $\;-\frac{\pi}{2}$ to $\frac{\pi}{2}$ in the least squares sense. ...
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How do I determine the maximum value for a polynomial, given a range of x values?

I need to determine the maximum value for y = a x^2 + b x + c, where I know the coefficients and the upper and lower x values. ...
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Why is `NMinimize` trying to evaluate my function analytically instead of numerically?

I have been having some trouble with NMinimize. I am trying NMinimize[f[x], x] where f is ...
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Finding the maximal `t` at which `u[x,t] == 1`?

Given the smooth function u[x,t] on a domain, how do I find the maximal t at which ...
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FindMaximum of loglikelihood in Gaussian Process

I am trying to implement a Gaussian Process and have problems to maximize the loglikelihood because the function consists of a determinant of a matrix that is dependent of 2 variables and the product ...
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FindMinimum produces error message

I'm trying to solve a logistic regression problem using Mathematica -- more to improve my Mathematica skills than to solve the problem as I have already solved it using Octave. The problem I am ...
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How can I implement the method of Lagrange multipliers to find constrained extrema?

I want to form the function $h=f-\lambda_{1}g_{1}-\lambda_{2}g_{2}$ where $f$ is the function to optimize subject to the constraints $g_{1}=0$ and $g_{2}=0$ so that I can solve the first partial ...
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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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How can I set constraints on parameters in NelderMeadMinimize package?

I read about NelderMeadMinimize package. How can I set constraints on the parameters? For example I want to minimize an equation with $10$ parameters such as ${a_1, a_2, ....}$. I want to put the ...
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How to Maximize[Log[n]^(1/Log[n]), n]

I am new to Mathematica and am trying to work out how to use Maximize. Maximize[Log[n]^(1/Log[n]),n] Should give a solution at $e^e$. However in Mathematica you ...
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Which methods are available for NMinimize?

I can't find in the documentation the list of methods available to NMinimize[]. Is there a way to get this? The NMinimize page in Documentation Center mentions only ...
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Find maximum from NDSolve output

Here is my code: ...
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Bound on number of function evalulations in FindMinimum

I am minimizing a nonlinear constrained problem using FindMinimum. The problem involves about 200 variables and the function is a black-box which cannot be compiled/...
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Forcing optimal solution for FindShortestTour

I use FindShortestTour as explained here and it works nicely for a small number of cities. However when I try this with as little as 16 cities, the given tour isn't ...
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LinearProgramming errors

I have a family of equations I want to solve over the non-negative integers. One particular instance of it is this. ...
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Using FindFit to fit nonlinear ODE parameters, subject to a constraint (an inverse problem) [duplicate]

Similar to this post I am finding that constraints tend to make FindFit poor at finding a good fit. However, unlike the previous post, the constraints are required ...
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Visualization of iteration procedure in NMinimize

I have this optimization code: ...
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Simulated Annealing InitialPoints option

I have a cost function that depends on 4 parameters: CostFunction[{tx,ty,tz,ox}]. I used NMinimize[] function with ...
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No Speedup Compiled Function in FindMinimum

The problem: I would like to minimize an objective function with respect to 12 variables. Minimization should be executed as fast as possible. Compiling the objective function increases the execution ...
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FindMinimum [] methods [closed]

Which algorithm is used when we do not use the option Method of FindMinimum[] function. FindMinimum[f,{x,x0}]
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How to manipulate lists to get only part of the value [duplicate]

This is really a question about manipulating the output of Maximize. I have a function of 2 variables, defined thus: ...
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Plot3D and NMinimize do not work correctly?

See my code: ...
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Nonlinear Optimization with conditional statement

I find Maximize doesn't work well under conditional statement. Here is an example. A car is driving up a slope. I want to find out the largest slope angle the car can drive upwards. I choose the ...
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Finding a point from a set of contours such that it is nearest to a given point

I have several contour lines and one point. How can I find a point in one of those contour lines which is nearest to the given point? ...