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Re: FindMinimum


In article <5j758o$5nu at smc.vnet.net>, Sean Ross <SEAN at mail.creol.ucf.edu> wrote:

> observation:  FindMinimum rarely changes more than one parameter at a 
time.  It
> usually minimizes first changing only x, then changing only y, then 
changing only
> z etc.  Only occasionally will it make a guess by changing two parameters.

My usual amateuristic comments...
You probably have stiff set of equations.  That's the reason why only one 
coordinate with the largest derivative is changing at a time.  This is 
readily seen in Davidon-Fletcher-Powell method (as in NR).  I personally 
don't know any algorithm out there that does what you describe (but I'm no 
pro in this either).

Daitaro Hagihara


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