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Can Maximize return a function

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg74868] Can Maximize return a function
  • From: "mfmad" <mfmadrid at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2007 06:12:49 -0400 (EDT)

e.g.

When I run:

Clear["*"]
SetAttributes[a, Constant]
(*this works if use a num instead of a*)
(*e.g. f[x_] := 4*x - x^2 *)
f[x_] := a*x - x^2
Maximize[f[x], a > 0, x]

I get:

Maximize[{-x^2+xy, y>0},x]

when I really want something like:

{a, {x->a/2}}

Can this be done?



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