FindMinimum [] more elegantly?

*To*: mathgroup at christensen.cybernetics.net*Subject*: [mg1568] FindMinimum [] more elegantly?*From*: MAMER at UTKVX.UTCC.UTK.EDU*Date*: Sun, 25 Jun 1995 02:39:41 -0400

Hello MathGroupers, I have a question regarding putting the FindMinimum[] into a more elegant form than the following which I've been using. I have a function sumOfSquares of two variables a and b and I need to feed back the values of a and b into the FindMinimum expression as follows: alpha= 0.234; beta= .567; FindMinimum[ sumOfSquares, {a,alpha}, {b,beta}, MaxIterations->100 ] alpha= a/.%[[2,1]] ; beta=b/. %[[2,2]]; I used the to click on the last two statements several times til the output of FindMinimum stabilizes. Is there an elegant way to do this? Thanks in advance Mike Amer mamer at utkvx.utk.edu