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Re: FindMinimum var specification

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  • Subject: [mg8870] Re: [mg8828] FindMinimum var specification
  • From: Allan Hayes <hay at>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 20:16:35 -0400
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

"Bernd Gehrmann" <gehrmab at>
[mg8828] FindMinimum var specification

>why does the following not work (and how can
> I make it work)?
> vars := Sequence[{x[1],0.1},{x[2],0.1}];
> FindMinimum[x[1]^2 + x[2]^2, vars];

Explanation: FindMinimum has attribute HoldAll and seems to be  
checking input before evaluating vars.

Solution: make it evaluate vars.

vars := Sequence[{x[1],0.1},{x[2],0.1}]

FindMinimum[x[1]^2 + x[2]^2,Evaluate[vars]]

	FindMinimum::"fmgz": "Encountered a vanishing gradient. The 	
	result returned may not be a minimum; it may be a maximum or 	
	a saddle point."


Allan Hayes
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