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Re: what does this error message mean

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  • Subject: [mg75099] Re: [mg75058] what does this error message mean
  • From: anguzman at
  • Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 20:22:13 -0400 (EDT)
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Probably the functions you're using have variables that haven't been 
defined as numbers. For example , if you try:
FindMinimum[a*x^2, {x, -1}]
FindMinimum::nnum : The function value 1.a is not a number at {x} = {-1.}

This is because Mathematica can't know what is the value of "a" 
because it hasn't been defined before, so it can't find a minimum etc..
Please send more information about your specific problem, so we can be 
more helpful...

Atte Andres Guzman

Fulya Ba?c? <fulya_bagci at> ha escrito:

> Hello,
>   I get an error message:
>   The function value `3` is not a number at `2` = `1`.
>   I want to learn what does it mean? What do I have to do?
>    (I was using FindFit and FindMinimum functions in Mathematica  
> 5.2. Both of them didn't yield the intended results and showed the  
> above error message.)
>   Thanks in advance for your useful insight.
>   Fulya
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