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Re: Smallest enclosing circle

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  • Subject: [mg50070] Re: [mg50062] Smallest enclosing circle
  • From: "Janos D. Pinter" <jdpinter at>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2004 01:50:18 -0400 (EDT)
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At 06:56 AM 8/13/2004, Steve Gray wrote:
>         Given n points in the  plane, I want to find the smallest
>enclosing circle. Does anyone have Mathematica code to do this?
>         I will be grateful for any tips.
>Steve Gray


this problem can be easily formulated - in arbitrary dimension - as a 
constrained convex optimization model. Then you can use e.g. NMinimize (or 
other optimization tools, incl. my software products) to solve it.


Janos D. Pinter, PhD, DSc
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